The county-owned golf course in Wayne, N.J., hosted a charity golf outing in late July that was sponsored by the Sunrise Gentlemen’s Club of Paterson, N.J. The New York, N.Y., NBC affiliate captured video of the event, prompting an investigation by the county administrator.
Passaic County in New Jersey is vowing to take action after the New York, N.Y.-based NBC 4 exposed a golf tournament at the county-owned Preakness Valley Golf Course in Wayne, N.J., that was sponsored by a gentleman’s club.
“We’re going to look at the policies and procedures that are in place,” said Passaic County Administrator Anthony De Nova, after viewing undercover video that captured nudity and raunchy behavior at the golf course. “My understanding is that this isn’t the first time that this tournament took place here. But I can say it’s going to be the last time.”
The event in late July, sponsored by the Sunrise Gentlemen’s Club of Paterson, N.J., advertised a day of golf and girls for $195 per person. Police officers and firefighters were offered a discount. Sunrise is familiar to authorities since it was closed temporarily last year after a prostitution bust, NBC 4 reported.
The outing was billed as a charity golf outing with donations going to a range of causes, including the Dallas Police Department and unspecified support for those recovering from the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, NBC 4 reported.
Once the outing got underway and drinks were flowing, NBC 4 cameras captured lewd behavior, including lap dances and groping in public view. Neighbors of the taxpayer-supported course who watched the video were horrified, NBC 4 reported.
“It’s absolutely disgusting,” said one woman who requested her name not be used. “I’ve lived here 57 years and I’ve never seen anything like that. It’s unbelievable.”
Another neighbor said: “I’m at a loss for words. It’s shameful. Kids are going by. Families are going by. This is on public property.”
The organizer of the outing did not return messages left on his cell phone. The Sunrise Gentleman’s Club refused an interview with NBC 4.