Tillinghast-Designed Course Gets New Owner

Located in its eponymous town in New York State, Port Jervis Country Club has a new owner and a new name. Now called Lynx at River Bend Golf Club, the layout opened in 1921 was designed by the legendary golf architect, A.W. Tillinghast.

Andrew Koch of Shohola, N.Y., and his wife, Elaine recently bought the golf club. In addition to the name change, the couple has converted the nonprofit private club into a for-profit semiprivate facility, allowing public play.

The Kochs plan to open the course on April 1. For the first time in its long history, players won't have to be members to enjoy the Tillinghast design.

"There will still be advantages to being a member," Andrew Koch told reporter Stephen Sacco of the Times Herald-Record. "But a lot of people are excited about being able to play the course for the first time."

The transaction came about last November, when former club president Dick Roy announced that the board of directors decided to sell the facility because of declining membership.

The Kochs are now making various upgrades to the venue, including renovations to the clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop. Improvements are also underway on the course, and a new fleet of golf carts with GPS devices has been ordered, Andrew Koch told Sacco.

The proprietors hired a new golf pro. Joe Stead, formerly of the Country Club at Woodloch Springs, is among the 30 employees at the club.

As currently configured, Lynx at River Bend Golf Club is a par-70 track that measures 6,093 from the tips, where it has a 69.3 rating and a slope of 121.

For more information or a tee time, visit www.thelynxgolfclub.com or email thelynx@ptd.net.