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MISSION STATEMENT
The Montclair Golf Club shall serve its members as a family oriented private club. The Club shall strive to be the social and recreational center for members and their families. 
An excellent golf facility shall be the Club’s highest priority. All facilities and programs including golf, dining, swimming and racquet sports shall be of the highest quality and supported by a team of dedicated employees striving for superior service. 
The Club’s proud heritage and traditions shall be preserved, while recognizing the need to accommodate the changing requirements and values of the membership.

           

Welcome to Montclair Golf Club. Where heritage, traditions and new beginnings thrive

Two clubs with 123 years of history, Montclair Golf Club founded in 1893, and Rock Spring Club founded in 1925 begin a new chapter in their history in 2016 by coming together to form the only 54-hole, multi-campus, family orientated, member-owned country club in the area. Nestled four miles apart in the lush rolling hills of West Orange, New Jersey, just 20 minutes west of New York City and easily accessible from anywhere in the tri-state area, Montclair Golf Club is well known for both excellent and challenging golf in two spectacular settings.

History of the Montclair Campus

Montclair Golf Club is generally considered to be the 13th oldest golf club in the nation. The founders initially staked out a course in the Town of Montclair on land now occupied by the "Erwin Park" residential neighborhood. In 1899, the first 18-hole course, designed by Tom Bendelow, was established roughly at the present location of today's first and second nines. A clubhouse was originally built on a site near the end of today's practice range.

In 1920, the legendary Scottish architect, Donald Ross, was commissioned to design the 27 holes of the first, second and third nines. Two years later, the original clubhouse was destroyed by fire. A new, larger building was constructed facing Prospect Avenue, which remains as the core building of the current colonial style clubhouse. By October 1928, the Club had acquired enough land to add a fourth nine, which was designed by another legend, Charles Banks.

The original designs have been improved over the years by the work of two of Montclair’s most recognized members of the golf community. Robert Trent Jones joined Montclair in 1934 and remained a member until his death. His son, Rees Jones, “The U.S. Open Doctor,” learned the game on the Ross and Banks designs and remains a member today.

The members of Montclair take pride in the Club's position in the history of Golf in America and the many members who have contributed to the development of the game. The Club was one of the founding members that joined together to form the Metropolitan Golf Association in 1897. Three MGA presidents -- Isaac "Ike" Grainger, Ken Gordon and Jack Kelsey -- came from the ranks of the club. Grainger also served as President of the United States Golf Association, as did member Charles Littlefield, making Montclair one of a select group of clubs with two members having achieved that distinction.

Montclair's challenging greens have helped to hone the competitive abilities of many of the area's top players. In the words of the great Bobby Jones, Montclair is "the longest short course I ever played." It is one of the few clubs anywhere that can claim to have hosted both the Men's and Women's U.S. Amateur Championships.

The Montclair Golf Club Campus include four nine-hole layouts, each beginning and ending at the clubhouse, and a practice range renovated in 2008 to include target greens. The Club's facilities also include seven Har-Tru tennis courts, five platform paddle tennis courts and a beautiful swimming pool surrounded by large scenic decks that can accommodate lunch or dinner on the grill. A major renovation of the golf course, pool area and clubhouse was completed in 2011.

History of the Rock Spring Campus
Just across town in 1925 the founders of Rock Spring Club staked out 140 acres atop “First Mountain” and commissioned Seth Raynor, the famed architect of Fisher’s Island, Yeaman’s Hall and The Course at Yale to develop an eighteen hole course. Raynor was assisted by Charles Banks, the designer of Montclair’s 4th nine, and the first nine holes opened for play on September 3, 1927, the second nine was seeded in the April of 1927 and play began on the full eighteen holes in the spring of 1928.

The clubhouse overlooks five-acre, spring-fed Cable Lake, which adjoins the first and second holes of the golf course. The view to the east presents a panorama of the Manhattan skyline. The view to the west overlooks Cable Lake and the vista of Second Mountain.

The property is named for a fresh water spring that is located near the 17th tee. The course has played host to the New Jersey State Open (1981, 1990, and 2000, 2009), the US Healthcare Classic, and many state PGA and USGA qualifying events.

While known for its exceptional golf course, Rock Spring also offers other amenities including four Har-Tru tennis courts and three platform tennis courts. The pool overlooking beautiful Cable Lake is host to yearly events such as the Memorial Day Party, 4th of July Barbecue, and Family fun days throughout the summer. The pool complex features a separate zero-entry baby pool, a Dive Tank and Lounge Deck with chair service available on the weekends.

Today, Montclair Golf Club is enjoyed by families and guests of its diverse members who engage in a full range of sports and social activities and have great respect for the traditions and culture of the 123 year-old club. Montclair was recognized in 2009 as a Platinum Club of America and one of the top 100 country clubs nationally. In 2013 and 2015 MGC was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Emerald Club of the World award, as determined by the annual Distinguished Clubs of the World award program conducted by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs.