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Rock Spring to reopen as public course

Rock Spring Golf Club at West Orange to Celebrate Grand Re-Opening

Former Private Club Featuring Seth Raynor Design Goes Public on May 10

NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS, May 6, 2019 – After more than 90 years as a private country club, Rock Spring Golf Club at West Orange in West Orange, New Jersey will re-open as the region’s newest public golf facility on May 10. The KemperSports-managed property, which was acquired by The Township of West Orange in April, will become one of only two public golf courses in the United States designed by legendary architect Seth Raynor.

To celebrate the historic club’s transformation, The Township of West Orange will host a special sneak preview open house for the community on May 9 at 6 p.m. The event will include a ceremonial first drive by Nick and Pat Galante; the brothers are avid golfers who served in the West Orange Public School system for more than 40 years.

West Orange Mayor Robert D. Parisi said, "We are excited to open the course to the public and honored to have KemperSports as our partner in this new venture. I invite all community members to visit and experience this great new addition to our community!"

Designed by Seth Raynor and Charles “Steamshovel” Banks, Rock Spring at West Orange first opened for play in 1927. The 6,600-yard par-71 course sits on a rolling, tree-lined site and features many of Raynor’s trademark design elements with truly unique and creative green complexes. The property also features a clubhouse with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, Cable Lake and Second Mountain. In addition to daily fee play, the property will offer annual passes and host golf outings.

“We are proud to partner with the Township of West Orange to bring this unique golf experience to the community,” said Steve Skinner, CEO of KemperSports. “We encourage residents to experience the property during the grand re-opening festivities – it’s truly a special place.”

About KemperSports
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns, leases and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S., Caribbean and Asia. The company’s award-winning portfolio includes nationally-ranked courses, private clubs, municipal courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine; Streamsong Resort; The Glen Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort; and Chambers Bay, host of the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit

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About the Township of West Orange, NJ
The Township of West Orange, NJ is a flourishing suburban sanctuary that is the envy of Essex County. With a dynamic, global population of almost 50,000 residents, this commuter-friendly coomunity is known for its rich history as well as its cosmopolitan appeal. Just 16 miles from Downtown Manhattan, it is the home of the Thomas Edison Historical National Park, the Turtleback Zoo, Edison Village/Lofts, the Rock Spring Golf Course, and is sandwiched between the Eagle Rock and South Mountain Reservations. Learn more at or on social media, @westorangeinfo.

Media Contacts:
B.R. Koehnemann

Joseph Fagan
Public Information Officer
Township of West Orange, NJ
(973) 325-4133