The venerable Shackamaxon Golf and Country Club in Scotch Plains, NJ, has been purchased by an affiliate of RDC Golf Group, Inc. (RDC), a leading New Jersey-based golf course ownership and management company. Shackamaxon was founded in 1916 and features a historic A.W. Tillinghast golf course. The championship, par-71 layout boasts one of the most famous holes in the New York-metro area: the ninth-hole island green, one of Tillinghast’s first island green creations.
The club has hosted a number of prestigious events including the 1922, 1937, 1972 and 2002 New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) Open Championship, the 1924 and 1977 NJSGA Amateur Championship, the 1928 Met Open, the 1955 Cavalcade of Golf and the 2010 Women’s Eastern Golf Association Amateur Championship.
The club’s new ownership group combines the golf expertise of RDC Principals Christopher Schiavone and Matthew Galvin with the hospitality experience of Warren Leeds, president of the highly-regarded Whippany, N.J.-based Ome Caterers.
“Shackamaxon is a great private club with a proud history,” said Schiavone. “My partners and I believe that our commitment to high standards, along with the support of a great membership, will ensure Shack’s future as one of New Jersey’s top country clubs.”
Schiavone’s family has been entrenched in New Jersey golf for 46 years, having co-owned Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster since 1965. Schiavone founded RDC in 1993, and shortly thereafter, joined forces with Galvin, who currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association.
The company and its affiliates own and operate the renowned Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, NJ, and the family-oriented Tuscawilla Country Club in Orlando, FL. RDC also manages the Gil Hanse-designed public Tallgrass Golf Course in Shoreham, NY, and the daily-fee Putnam National Golf Club in Mahopac, NY.
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