*Original article from Tri-Town News - March 2012
Metedeconk National Golf Club, Jackson NJ, recognized by the New Jersey Golf Course Owners Association as the 2012 Club of the Year, is gearing up for its 25th anniversary this year by publishing a book detailing the club’s history, planning a series of activities and releasing a special logo honoring the occasion.
Nestled in the upper region of the New Jersey Pinelands, Metedeconk National was created as a golfing oasis, a departure from the hustle and bustle of New York City and Philadelphia, each of which is within one hour’s drive.
World-renowned golf course architects Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Roger Rulewich designed the private, 27-hole facility. The club was recently ranked by Golfweek among its “Top 100 Modern” golf courses. Mario Pierro serves as chairman of the 25th Anniversary Committee.
The anniversary book, written by John Steinbreder, who is the author of six sports books and a former staff writer for Sports Illustrated and Golfweek magazines, and designed by award-winning artist Larry Hasak, will be available later this year, according to a press release.
The book provides a thorough history of the club, from the original founding vision to current operations, and includes a dedication page for the members who have supported the 25th anniversary effort. An analysis of the golf holes by Rulewich, a recap of the tournaments held at the club through the years, a listing of course records and extensive photography are also included.
The anniversary celebration will kick off with the Founder’s Cup in June, at which founding member Richard S. Sambol and Rulewich will address the participants.
As part of the 25th anniversary celebration, Metedeconk is hosting two events: the Metropolitan Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship, May 7-8, and the inaugural Metedeconk Prep Challenge on May 20, featuring the top prep school golfers from across New Jersey.
Also, the club will again host two annual events — the 15th Metedeconk National Invitational in September and the Robert Trent Jones Invitational with the New Jersey Golf Course Superintendents Association in October.