A celebrated past...

Lake Mohawk Golf Club prepares for its 85th anniversary

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In the mid 1920s, Arthur D. Crane and Herbert Claus had a vision to create a resort community where people could escape the city heat and enjoy their summers in the Wallkill River Valley.

They began buying land, and when enough parcels had been accumulated, they constructed a dam across the valley to create Lake Mohawk. The Crane Company built roads and houses around the new lake that were in much demand even during the depression years of the 1930s.

In 1928 to enhance the attractiveness of the resort community, the developers set aside 125 acres between the lake and alpine ridge that became Lake Mohawk Golf Club. The first nine holes opened on Aug. 30 1929.

Golf Professional, Johnny Langlands of Scotland, was hired, and he, along with visionaries Crane and Claus, drove the first balls off No. 1 tee. The course at that time consisted of the current holes 1,2,3,and 9 on the north side of the driveway and 10, 15, 16, 17, and 18 on the south side.

Over the years, Lake Mohawk Golf Club has seen the likes of Babe Ruth and Donald Trump walk its fairways as well as many of the top players from the New Jersey State Golf Association and the New Jersey State PGA.

While Lake Mohawk Golf Club continues to see its fortunes rise and fall with the local economy it remains a vibrant, family oriented Intra-club organization within the Lake Mohawk Country Club.

An enduring future

In preparation for next year’s 85 anniversary, LMGC recruited General Manager Terry Crawford and Head Chef Stosh Wegrzyn whose many years of experience in private golf club operations have resulted in the successful revamping of the clubs operations and food/beverage services.

In addition, Davis DeRosa serves as the Club’s Head Golf Professional and continues to enhance the golf experience, while Golf Superintendent Eric Carlson ensures the golf course remains the Jewel of Sussex County.

For those that have been visitors to the club, the positive compliments reflect the superior quality of the food, service and golf experience.

Lake Mohawk Golf Club has just completed the first phase of a multi-year membership drive under the direction of the top golf membership-marketing firm in the United States. The recent success of its membership drive realized 55 new and former members joining.

Their effort has been especially successful with the recruitment of new members in the Family and Social categories.

The Lake Mohawk Golf Club Board of Governors has revamped its entire membership structure to appeal to new members and is also working on creating a ten-year strategic master plan to be unveiled later this year.

Lake Mohawk is a fair but challenging golf course. For those who are looking for a venue to enjoy dining with friends and family, the club offers an attractive social membership. Before the summer is over take a drive to the club and check it out.

For more information contact Terry Crawford at 973-729-9200 or tcrawford@lakemohawkgolfclub.com.

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