Billy Casper Golf has been selected to manage the Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, N.J., less than 15 minutes from Manhattan and once a favored course of legendary New York Yankee Babe Ruth.
For the private, member-owned Forest Hill, BCG will direct club operations, golf and grounds maintenance, membership marketing, staffing and training, member activities, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, public relations, special events and financial management.
“We are deeply honored to manage Forest Hill Field Club,” said Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG. “Our talented team will introduce new membership programs, special events and other initiatives to build on the history of Forest Hill as one of the Northeast’s premier country clubs.”
“Billy Casper Golf’s unique approach to bolstering financial performance and enhancing services for members is unmatched,” said Peter Kelly, president of the board of Forest Hill. “We will work with its experts to create even more structure and value to memberships which promote the highest level of exclusivity with world-class amenities.”
Opened in 1896 and anchored by an A.W. Tillinghast-designed course, Forest Hill presents members and their guests with a classic-style layout, pristine conditions and dramatic views of the New York City skyline. The 18-hole, 6,547-yard, par-71 layout features several elevation changes, tree-lined fairways, fast, undulated greens and a view of the Empire State Building from the first tee.
Recently inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Tillinghast is considered one of the most prolific architects in golf history. His designs include nearby Baltusrol Golf Club, Winged Foot Golf Club, Ridgewood Country Club and Bethpage State Park’s Black Course.
Arguably Forest Hill’s hardest hole is the 396-yard, par-4 11th that challenges golfers with an uphill tee shot and a green that severely slopes from back to front. The signature hole is the 200-yard, par-3 18th with a two-tiered green guarded by deep bunkers and heavy rough.’