Montclair Golf Club Renovations Unvieled
New Tennis Complex, Third Nine Open for Members
By Brian Weis
Montclair Golf Club has unveiled the Third Nine of its Donald Ross-designed golf course and a new racquet sports complex, part of an ongoing multi-million-dollar club upgrade. These enhancements, coupled with a new pool complex (currently under construction) and locker rooms, reception and dining building are taking shape for opening later this summer.
Dramatic and significant changes are transforming this vibrant and historic club, which added 60 new member families last year and currently has a waiting list.
"The club has become a central point for family activities and gatherings," said Roger Bacon, General Manager. "Our members have enthusiastically embraced our new offerings and amenities, and while golf saw a resurgence during the pandemic, we're seeing enhanced participation in camps, racquet sports, culinary and social events."
On the golf course, "the greens have grown in beautifully," said Director of Course Operations Michael Campbell. "And as you might expect, play levels are at all-time highs."
Montclair Golf Club has 36 holes in four nine-hole loops that begin and end at the clubhouse. The original course, which opened in 1899, was designed by Tom Bendelow near the present location of today's First and Second Nines. In 1920, Donald Ross was commissioned to design 27 holes, and in 1928, land was acquired for the Fourth Nine, which was designed by Charles Banks.
Renovation of the Second Nine is scheduled to begin in late July. The final phase, to restore the Fourth Nine-Banks's holes, which are dramatically different from the Ross 27, featuring huge, elevated greens and big, flat-bottomed bunkers-is scheduled for 2022.
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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