The Middlesex County (N.J.) Board of Chosen Freeholders has approved a resolution to update Tamarack Golf Course in East Brunswick, N.J., The Meadows at Middlesex in Plainsboro, N.J., and Raritan Landing Golf Course in Piscataway, N.J. The funds will go toward new golf carts and grounds equipment, and improvements to the kitchen and dining areas.
On May 5, the Middlesex County (N.J.) Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a $1.49 million capital expenditure for improving the county’s four golf courses, New Brunswick (N.J.) Today reported.
The Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA), which is currently being run by consultant Ralph Albanir, is responsible for the public golf courses in Tamarack Golf Course in East Brunswick (which includes two layouts), The Meadows at Middlesex in Plainsboro, and Raritan Landing Golf Course in Piscataway, Today reported.
The resolution’s passing marks the first time in about six years that the Freeholders are making major investments to the golf courses. The funding is for “upgrades to the recreational improvements to the golf courses that we’re doing over there,” said Freeholder Director Ronald Rios.
Rios said that it’s “been a past practice” to use the county’s “Open Space” trust fund for the county’s four golf courses, Today reported.
According to county officials, the funds will go towards the purchase of new golf carts, new equipment to cut the grass and “maintain the facilities,” as well as improvements to the “kitchen area” and “dining area,” and the golf courses themselves, Today reported.
“Extensive improvements are afoot at all locations, including floor-to-ceiling clubhouse renovations, an expansion of the golf-cart fleets and a reconditioning of the grounds, for instance upgrades to the fairways, greens, tee boxes and sand traps,” reads a MCIA press release issued on March 24, more than a month before the Freeholders approved the expenses.
“As a complement to the courses’ modern-day amenities, a full line-up of newly installed equipment has been added to each kitchen and bar, which range from approximately 1,600-to- 3,100 square feet,” the release continues.
But the courses themselves are also seeing significant improvements, Today reported.
“We’re moving and enhancing all of the traps and the trees,” said County Administrator John Pulomena on May 5. “Unfortunately, that’s been ignored for about two or three years, so we’re trying to catch up to address those concerns.”