Upgrades Continuing at Orchard Hills GC in Paramus

The renovation of Orchard Hills Golf Course in Paramus, N.J., is under the watchful eye of course architect Robert McNeil, who heads Northeast Golf Company. After enduring a rainy spring, improvements are now moving into high gear on the popular nine-hole public facility.

Project manager William Buchanan has worked closely with Turco Golf Construction to complete the new fourth and fifth holes and is now moving through the golf course reconstructing all the tees and bunkers. A major tree-removal program by Downes Tree Service preceded the current work.

The facility was once a prominent 18-hole private club that opened in 1925. It now occupies roughly 70 acres adjacent to the Bergen County Community College, which purchased the property - including the golf course - in 1969.

After acquiring the club, the college proceeded to develop the campus on a portion of the layout, leaving what is today the current nine-hole track. Safety issues along the boundaries of the property prompted the revisions and ultimately the overall redesign of the course.

"Municipal work has always been an important part of our design portfolio," said McNeil. "The significance of accessible, playable facilities can't be understated in this challenging golf market. Orchard Hills provides residents of the region an experience that engages the eye and the skills of players of all levels, this over an impeccably maintained course cared for by Mr. Peter Evans and his able staff."

The project began in April and is slated for completion later this fall.

For more information about the course, visit http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/bergengolf/Orchard%20Hills.html. For more details about Northeast Golf Company, visit www.northeastgolfcompany.com.