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Old 09-30-2009, 09:34 AM
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Hi all,

We may be moving from Florida to New Jersey for a job in Manhattan. We live a suburban lifestyle and would like to find a country-like (not rural), friendly community within about a 45-minute train ride.

Looking for lots of trees, green grass, etc. My wife and I are avid golfers and would join a country club. So a community near direct or near-direct train service and great golf would be terrific.

Any ideas?
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:58 AM
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You really have quite a few choices in a 45 minute train ride, which pretty much means suburban Essex county, parts of Union county, or the easternmost part of Morris county. A lot of the suburban bedroom communities with train lines into the city seem to also have nice private clubs. I guess the two go hand in hand. There may be far fewer public courses than what you are used to.

There is of course Baltusrol in Springfield, with train stations in nearby towns such as Millburn or Summit. Big bucks all around, if you can get in.

There is Brooklake in Florham Park or Fairmount in Chatham, with train stations in nearby Madison and Chatham. I warn you that daily parking is an expensive hassle at any of these stations. Permit space is limited. You'll pay almost as much to park every week to use the train as you will in greens fees.

Any internet search will give you the names of many other private clubs. Some are quite exclusive, a few are predominately one religion or another, some are very expensive, and some have great facilities. As I say, lots of choices. Best to find a fellow golfer who has played many of them and can give you some good advice. Ask for a courtesy round and see what you think.

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Old 09-30-2009, 11:02 AM
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Thanks for the quick response. I'd love to join Baltusrol but I know without even asking that that's way out of our league. We'll be looking to get in somewhere for an initiation fee under $30K. It'll be a while, though. As you suggested we'll take our time and get to know some members at various clubs before taking the plunge. We know what kind of club we like -- wonderfurl facilities, friendliness, racial diversity, caddies (heheh), great customer service and wonderful golf. Sounds like we'll be able to find all of that with this move.

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