The construction of a new nine-hole public course is close to completion in Jersey City, New Jersey, US.
Located in the city’s Lincoln Park and built on the site of a former landfill, the Hudson County Golf Course lies only 5 km from New York City’s Manhattan district.
In an area of the country where playing golf is not a cheap,the new course has been created to offer an affordable and accessible option to local people, and will be the first public course in Hudson County.
Architect Roy Case has designed the par-36 layout, working alongside engineering firm PS&S and the project developer, The Hudson County Improvement Authority.
Speaking to GCA, PS&S’s Michael Cohen, the project’s principal in charge and manager, said: “Mr. Case brought, among other things, his experience with golf course design and construction associated with landfill closures. He has a unique ability to work his design in conjunction with the requirements of the closure.”
Given the densely populated area, the project provided a number of logistical challenges. More than a million cubic yards of fill was imported to the site in order to cap the landfill and create the grading of the course. The work has also been closely coordinated with a project on an adjacent plot of land, where the State of New Jersey has been carrying out a wetlands restoration project.
The project’s development team has also worked alongside nearby businesses, and Cohen is confident that once completed, the local population will be delighted to have such a facility on their doorstep.
“The public in this area has been yearning for available, affordable golf here for many years,” he said. “A driving range previously located on this site did a robust business and the patrons from that range were all thrilled to hear that a course would soon be available to them.”
Cohen said that the course will play approximately 3,200 yards and feature three par-3 holes, three par-4 holes, and three par-5 holes.
“Mr. Case was very excited about the opportunity to create this unique urban design,” Cohen said. “The course is framed by local buildings, bridges, rivers and landmarks, as well as having the New York City skyline in view from most holes. Mr. Case took full advantage of this.”
The Hudson County Golf Course is scheduled to open for play later this year.