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February 25, 2008 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gloucester County's Maple Ridge Golf Club - known in its heyday as the Eagles Nest, when former quarterback Ron Jaworski was the owner - closed more than a year ago and has found new life as a haven for hikers and bicyclists. The land has rolling hills - a rarity in this area - and a babbling U-shaped stream that nourishes the Mantua Creek watershed, said Richard Dilks, chairman of the environmental commission in Wenonah, a tiny borough that sits on its border. The 112 acres have swaths of tall pines and deciduous conifers and are home to deer, red fox and 63 species of birds, including an albino red-tailed hawk that has naturalists abuzz.
SPORTS
November 7, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Tiger Woods has been conquering golf courses around the world. Now he is going to start building them. Following other players-turned-architects, Woods announced yesterday that he has formed Tiger Woods Design and will start looking for land to design golf courses. He did not say where his first golf course would be, although an announcement is expected by the end of the year, and the site will likely be outside the United States. Colleges Chuck Davis scored 29 points, including two decisive jump shots late in the second half, to lead Division II Shippensburg to a 67-61 basketball upset of Penn State in an exhibition game at the Nittany Lions' Bryce Jordan Center.
SPORTS
March 27, 2005 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The worst is over. Or that's what golf pros around the country hope. After enduring three years of declining rounds and worrisome finances, many area golf courses hope a slight upturn last year and ringing telephones this spring signal good days to come. "I'm forecasting a good year," said Rob Passarelli, head pro at Wyncote Golf Club, a popular upscale daily-fee course in Oxford. "We've got a lot of people itching to play golf. " A week ago yesterday, Wyncote's tee sheet showed 140 rounds.
NEWS
December 17, 1992 | By Gail Gibson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A full 18 holes of golf may seem more strenuous than a round of Putt-Putt, but in Montgomery Township, officials have decreed that miniature golf is more taxing. Under an amendment to Montgomery Township's amusement tax ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors this week, activities such as miniature golf and driving ranges, whether indoors or out, will be taxed at the standard township amusement tax rate of 5 percent instead of the 4 percent rate fixed by the state for regular golf courses.
NEWS
December 29, 1987 | BY BEN DATI
Philadelphians: You've got trouble, right here in River City. I say, trouble, with a capital "T" and that rhymes with "G" and that stands for golf! I wish that were only a light-hearted parody on Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," but it's not. A no-kidding hustle is reaching into the ravaged purses of every taxpayer. In 1985, the Fairmount Park Commission led the city into a contract with a private company, Philadelphia Golf Inc. (PGI), empowering PGI to manage the city's five public golf courses.
NEWS
July 7, 1994 | By Eddie Olsen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A nationally known firm that specializes in the design and development of golf courses was hired last night by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Ault, Clark and Associates Ltd. of Kensington, Md., was retained by the county for $12,500 to develop a 10-year capital improvement plan for the recently acquired Pitman Golf Course in Mantua Township. James B. Cannon, the county's assistant administrator and director of personnel, said the company will survey the course and project repairs, improvements and costs for the next 10 years.
NEWS
June 11, 1987 | By Christine M. Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
Offering visions of celebrity and professional golf tournaments to come, representatives of Hansen Properties unveiled preliminary plans for a "world- class" golf course and country club at the proposed Hidden Springs Corporate Center. As members of the Horsham Township Zoning Hearing Board listened during a hearing Monday night, attorney Frank W. Jenkins, who represents Hansen, described the proposed facility. He asked board members for a special exception to allow a 7,100-yard course on property zoned residential.
NEWS
April 14, 1986 | By Ginny Wiegand, Inquirer Staff Writer
They talked easily about trash collection, police protection, new trucks and traffic lights - the stuff that ward politics are made of. But when the issue of senior citizens and golf fees came up at a meeting Thursday, the Abington Township Board of Commissioners shifted uneasily in their seats to explain why nobody's vote was "against senior citizens. " Finally, nine of 15 commissioners voted to keep the 50-cent fee charged to senior citizens who play nine holes on weekdays at the township's Alverthorpe Park golf course.
NEWS
November 21, 1990 | By Christopher Hand, Special to The Inquirer
A Gloucester County proposal to acquire the Pitman Country Club could be a self-sustaining proposition that would also pay for the cost of the purchase. That argument and others concerning an application to the state are scheduled for a public hearing tonight after the regular meeting of the freeholders in Gloucester County. The freeholders, following a national trend in which city and county governments are purchasing golf courses to preserve open space, announced on Friday that they would apply for a loan under the state's "Green Acres" program to purchase the 18-hole golf course on Jefferson Road in Mantua.
SPORTS
April 16, 1999 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city golf course deal is finally done. Barring an unforeseen glitch, the city and Meadowbrook Golf Group Inc. could sign an agreement as early as today that would transfer management of the city's six municipal courses - Cobbs Creek, Karakung, Juniata, Walnut Lane, John F. Bryne and FDR - to the Chicago company for the next 11 years. "The Park Commission has approved the transfer," said Jim Bloom, a member of the commission's golf subcommittee. "We expect it to take effect very, very quickly.
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BUSINESS
July 13, 2016 | By Erin Arvedlund, STAFF WRITER
Is Philly a retiree's dream city? According to Kiplinger's latest ranking, yes - the City of Brotherly Love helps seniors live healthier in the golden years. Kiplinger's says the most important component of a happy retirement isn't financial security or proximity to family and friends. It's good health. The magazine listed 12 retirement destinations that are "havens for healthy living, with lots of opportunities to pursue an active lifestyle and great medical facilities. " Philadelphia ranked 12th on the list cities.
NEWS
June 28, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
In 1967, four black businessmen - real estate broker Al Letson, business owner Maxwell Stanford, motel owner Robert Salsbury, and banker James Blocker - came together to purchase Freeway Golf Course, a sprawling 150-acre property in Sicklerville. An investment of $250,000 made them the first African Americans in the country to own an 18-hole course. In the coming years, it became a model for other black-owned golf courses across the nation and a site for some of the sport's most important competitions, including the first Sammy Davis Jr. Open, now known as the Travelers Insurance Championship.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
With the first day of summer came the dedication of Gloucester County's first state park. The Department of Environmental Protection on Monday formally opened the Tall Pines State Preserve, which used to be a golf course. The new park's 110 acres are in Deptford and Mantua Townships, with the Mantua Creek rolling through it. The preserve is New Jersey's 40th state park, said Bob Martin, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection. "As a conservationist, it is my job to preserve the treasures of the state of New Jersey," Martin said.
SPORTS
June 11, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Even though he became eligible for the PGA Tour Champions upon turning 50 more than three years ago, Vijay Singh has chosen to remain primarily on the PGA Tour competing against players who are younger and can hit 300-yard drives as a matter of routine. Since reaching the age milestone, Singh, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has played in 82 PGA Tour events and just eight Champions tournaments, with No. 8 happening this week at the Constellation Senior Players Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
SPORTS
June 10, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Being from Western Pennsylvania, Rocco Mediate has had the opportunity to play golf courses on this side of the state, having competed in the 1982 Pennsylvania Amateur at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting and tying for 13th place. Now Mediate is a few good tee shots away from Sunnybrook. He is competing this week at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in neighboring Flourtown at the Constellation Senior Players Championship, looking to add another major title to the one he captured two weeks ago at the Senior PGA Championship.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers, undeterred by a likely veto from Gov. Christie, voted Thursday to ban smoking in public parks and beaches statewide. The Senate voted in favor of the legislation, 24-6, and the Assembly voted 63-7 with four abstentions. Christie vetoed a similar bill in 2014, arguing that such policy-making should be left to local officials. At the time, he said 12 counties and more than 240 municipalities had banned smoking in parks, while 12 towns had declared beaches smoke-free areas.
SPORTS
May 18, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
When Gil Hanse flew to Rio de Janeiro with his wife and the couple's youngest child at the start of 2013 to supervise construction of the golf course for the next Summer Olympics, he figured it would be "a slam dunk" to build it in about 10 months given that grass could grow year-round in the balmy Brazilian climate. There was no way, however, that Hanse, a Malvern resident who is one of golf's most highly regarded course designers, could have foreseen the land ownership disputes, environmental protests, logistical nightmares and broken promises that turned the historic project into a stressful undertaking of more than two years for him, his team, and his family.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | By Jessica Parks, Staff Writer
A battle over the future of a Montgomery County golf course has escalated from a development spat to a litigious missile crisis, with both sides waiting to see who sues first. West Norriton Township commissioners on Tuesday unanimously, if reluctantly, approved a plan to transform the Westover Country Club into a 103-acre sports complex with two picnic pavilions, a banquet hall, five basketball courts, eight tennis courts, five soccer fields, a football field, two swimming pools, and a skateboard park.
NEWS
November 8, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three years ago, residents of Deptford and Mantua started planting lawn signs in front of their homes that read "Save Maple Ridge," the former golf course that they and Gloucester County officials were lobbying to preserve as a state park. The signs were aimed to draw attention to efforts to protect the 112-acre parcel from development. When a representative from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection first visited to walk the rolling hills and fields, he drove past hundreds of the signs, said Rich Dilks, who helped lead the grassroots preservation movement.
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