HOPEWELL TWP.: Golf club reopens under new ownership  

Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club is accepting public play on a limited basis. 

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Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club is accepting public play on a limited basis. 

The Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club reopened this week, and for the first time since 1927, its members are welcoming limited public play.
Developed as a private and secluded golf sanctuary for members, the Thomas Winton-designed championship course and club today provides a warm and relaxing, laid-back casual family atmosphere in Hopewell Township, along the banks of the Stony Brook.
Mike Attara, president of Spirit Golf Management LLC, is also the new PGA general manager and CEO for Hopewell Valley.
Mr. Attara said, “The response to the new club has been outstanding from golfers and families in the region. We are getting calls from members and prospective players who are chomping at the bit to get on the course and are excited to learn about all the improvements planned for the course, pool and clubhouse dining and event facilities.”
One of the first things members and guests notice is the addition of a full-size sculpture of a horse, Baron Dillon, on the circle outside of the clubhouse. This is a nod to the property’s 19th-century history as a horse farm with Baron Dillon being the most prominent and successful sire.
Packages and pricing for several types of membership are available to fit every age group and lifestyle. Full, senior, young professional and student memberships are available, as well as sports memberships for tennis, paddle tennis and pool in various combinations. A trial membership to play the course and use the facilities is available for $700, in addition to limited public play opportunities.
Hopewell Valley offers league play for men, women and juniors; and summer camps and clinics for children. For the first time these programs are open to everyone in the community.
P.J. Ulanich, PGA professional and Hopewell Valley golf pro, and a member of the professional staff for 16 years, said, “I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be a part of the ‘new’ Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club. With some very nice upgrades to the facility already in the works and a solid plan for the club going forward, the future looks extremely bright.”
Members and guests will enjoy an unexpected epicurean experience at the Baron Dillon Grille and private dining in the clubhouse. John Goeke, COO and Hopewell Valley partner, a graduate of the Johnson and Wales University in hospitality management, is responsible for overseeing and creating the food and beverage ambience of the club.
As a longtime colleague, Rich Rutzler, commercial artist and owner of Future Signs in Hamilton, joined Mr. Attara in the purchase of the club, along with a small group of investors.
“Both John and Rich are well respected in their industries and they will be tremendous assets to the Hopewell Valley club as we build a new future,” said Attara.
In addition to Hopewell Valley, Spirit Golf manages Stonybrook Golf Club, Makefield Highlands Golf Course, and Five Ponds Golf Course in the local area.
For more information, visit HVGC.com.