Rockaway River Country Club

There are two Rockaway Rivers in New Jersey – the river itself and the Country Club which bears its name. The river meanders through northern Morris County from the highlands in Jefferson Township to Pine Brook, where it empties into the Passaic River, after having filled the Jersey City Reservoir at Boonton. About mid-way, at Denville – twenty seven air miles from the George Washington Bridge – the river flows north through a gentle valley where, back in 1915, a group of sportsmen formed a golf club and built a nine-hole course. That club, family-oriented from its beginning, is now the Rockaway River Country Club, and that nine-hole course has become a challenging, very playable, eighteen-hole course, with much to offer its members. The golf course, kept green by water drawn from the river, is a fine one, and has been the scene of such tournaments as The Dodge Open, The New Jersey Open, The New Jersey Seniors, The Metropolitan Junior, The New Jersey Four Ball, as well as the women’s Interclub Matches and many qualifying rounds for state and metropolitan championships. Of moderate length- 6,334 yards par 72, rating: 70.6 (slope: 123) it is an easy walking course with but one climb at the 10th where there is a comfortable half-way house and a magnificent view down the Rockaway River, by itself well worth the break. The front nine on the east bank of the river demands good length: the back nine on the west bank is slightly shorter and demands accuracy. Truly, the course is “tough for the tigers, easy for the rabbits”, challenging for the low handicapper, pleasurable for the average player.

Rockaway River Country Club 

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