November 8, 2015 |
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.
October 5, 2015 |
The police department of Pine Valley operates from a small white house with lime-green office walls, where Richard Rauer, the 5-foot-11 police captain with a handlebar mustache, answers the phone. He and his five officers share one squad car. Each wears a light-blue uniform and pants with a gold stripe, and carries a radio and a 9mm Glock pistol. But Rauer's department is unlike any other in the state. Even some law enforcement officials outside New Jersey say they've never heard of one like it: Its job is to protect a golf course - albeit the world's best, according to Golf Magazine - which occupies most of Pine Valley's one square mile and is the reason for the Camden County borough's existence.
August 22, 2015 |
Philadelphia police are searching for a man they say pounced on and sexually assaulted two women who had been walking through Cobbs Creek Golf Course. The first attack was on July 11, around 3:30 a.m., near the 7500 block of Lansdowne Avenue, police said Thursday. A 26-year-old woman was walking through the course on her way to work when a man grabbed her and sexually assaulted her. The walking paths through the course are popular shortcuts for many in the Cobbs Creek area, police said.
July 19, 2015 |
The phone calls started pouring in to the Whitpain Township offices in the fall. Developers were on the line, wondering how many homes they could build at the site of the Meadowlands Country Club. Inquiries from developers are typical, said Township Manager Roman Pronczak. But these calls were disconcerting. The 128-acre property in the heart of Blue Bell is a golf course and a valuable piece of open space. "Golf courses are starting to be called the last frontier of open-space preservation in suburban communities," said Fred Conner, chairman of the Whitpain Board of Supervisors.
July 12, 2015 |
LANCASTER, Pa. - Laura Davies said she gets the same thing all the time and she does not get it. "When are you giving up?" Davies is often asked as she continues to navigate the world's golf courses at the age of 51. No time soon is the answer Davies provided with her actions rather than words Friday morning at the Lancaster Country Club. She completed her rain-delayed first round at even par before shooting 2-over in the second round, putting her in position to make the cut in the 27th U.S. Women's Open of her career.
June 28, 2015 |
Gene Fieger, one of the top players in the Philadelphia Section PGA for the better part of two decades, left his home area of Delaware County in 1999 to become involved with a new golf club in Naples, Fla. Sixteen years later, while he misses the region's celebrated golf courses, he is happy where he is. "Naples is a great place," Fieger, a former Overbrook Golf Club assistant pro, said Friday. "Don't feel sorry for me. " Fieger, who turns 55 next week, is in town for the 48th annual PGA Professional National Championship, which begins Sunday at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
June 10, 2015 |
Potentially ending a nasty development spat in Cherry Hill that has included two lawsuits, the township's mayor announced a tentative agreement Tuesday that would keep Woodcrest Country Club a golf course. The settlement also would immunize Cherry Hill against more litigation over past affordable-housing goals, under the state's Mount Laurel decision. Cherry Hill and the advocacy group Fair Share Housing Center have been involved in legal disputes for 30 years. Fair Share also signed off on the township's affordable-housing plans.
September 9, 2014 |
One of David Hare Platt's lifelong ambitions, his family says, was to be his own boss so he could avoid wearing suits and ties. Another was to make sure all children learned to swim safely, for both competition and recreation. Mr. Platt, 66, of Holland, Bucks County, who died Thursday, Sept. 4, of cancer at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown, fulfilled both ambitions. From 1983 to 2013, he owned and operated the Newtown Swim Club and Newtown Day Camp. From 1972 to 2001, he opened 24 stores, golf courses, driving ranges, and mini-golf courses in three states under the Somerton Springs banner.
June 13, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - Existing under a microscope can be anything but, well, conventional. Sometimes that difference can even be self-inflicted. Welcome to the world of Rory McIlroy, the former top-ranked golfer, who abruptly broke off his engagement to former No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki late last month, reportedly in a 3-minute phone conversation she at first thought was a joke, reportedly a day after he'd told her how much he loved her,...
May 30, 2014 |
In three hours, a gaggle of golf-club-wielding Brownies would arrive at Shawnee High School to test the big kids' engineering projects. But 18-year-old Luke Growney was laughing Tuesday afternoon as he poured water into a gold-painted toilet bowl, and John Hannon appeared calm - or wary - as he tested his lighthouse with a golf ball. "I electrocuted myself two times last night," said Hannon, 18, seated on the floor of a glass-enclosed atrium outside the auditorium. Before him was a 20-foot plywood-and-carpet miniature golf course hole.