TRENTON, N.J. -Mountain View Golf Club, the first golf course owned and operated Mercer County, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary this month with a week full of specials, giveaways, and a golf outing.
Mountain View, located at 890 Bear Tavern Road in Ewing Township, is one of the best known public golf courses in the region. The club has undergone sweeping changes in the past few years, including changes to the course layout and the completion of a new clubhouse in 2007.
"The weeklong stretch of events we have planned is not only a celebration of 50 years of great golf, but a way to say thank you to the Mercer County residents who have supported it all these years," said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. "It truly is a jewel of our parks system, and I believe it is a better venue now than at any time in the past."
Each day of the week from Monday, July 21 through Sunday, July 27 will feature a different special or event, according to Mercer County Park Commission Executive Director Kevin Bannon.
"Our staff even has a surprise during the weekend which will add to the nostalgia!" Bannon said.
In addition to weeklong drawings for commemorative hats, golf shirts, and golf balls, Mountain View will feature the following:
" Monday, July 21st - All golfers born between 1949 and 1958 (golfers in their 50s) will receive a coupon for a free golf cart.
- Tuesday, July 22nd - $12 senior golf rates all day for all golfers, an $8 discount.
- Wednesday, July 23rd - "Turn Back the Clock Day" with old school pricing of $4 Greens Fees and 50-cent hot dogs and sodas.
- Thursday, July 24th - Free range practice and complimentary use of practice range all day long.
- Friday, July 25th - Invitational Golf Outing. (By invitation only; tournament not open to the public.)
- Saturday, July 26th - Commemorative Nike golf ball with every green fee purchased.
- Sunday, July 27th - Any golfer born in 1958 receives free green fees and commemorative Nike golf ball with every green fee purchased.
As the County gets ready to celebrate 50 years at Mountain View, the club is more popular than ever-rounds of golf at the course increased by 3,500 from 2006 to 2007 and is currently up over 1,000 more rounds than over the same period last year.
"The improvements we have made have created a new appreciation for Mountain View, and its popularity just keeps growing," Bannon said. "Golfers love the course and the clubhouse, and those who have held events at our clubhouse have given it rave reviews."
Mountain View was created in 1958 by the newly established Board of Recreation Commissioners after the commissioners realized a need for new opportunities for recreational facilities. The course and clubhouse were built on the original site of the Mercer Airport.
The Park Commission decided to reconstruct the course's aging and outdated clubhouse and opened the new clubhouse on June 20, 2007. The 9,000-square-foot building and pro shop has enabled the County to provide a modern, expanded venue for the use of the golfing community and other groups. The amenities of the new clubhouse include a fully outfitted, professional kitchen, a larger and more diverse pro shop, all new seating and furniture, and a modern, airy décor.
Last year, the clubhouse was recognized by Golf Inc., the leading monthly golf magazine for golf course developers, owners, operators, and management company executives, as it was named one of the top five finalists for "Clubhouse of the Year" at a U.S. course.
Mountain View is a mature, 18-hole championship golf course opened in 1958. It is open year round, seven days a week, weather permitting. The course measures 6,117 yards from the regular tees and 6,682 yards from the back tees with a par of 72. Mountain View is characterized by its natural terrain of rolling hills and valleys. The course is ideal for players of all abilities. A new 10-stall practice range was recently constructed allowing golfers to hit irons up to 185 yards.