March 18, 2016 – The new Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club has reopened, and for the first time since 1927, its members are welcoming limited public play. Developed in 1927 as a private and secluded golf sanctuary for members, the Thomas Winton designed championship course and club provides a laid-back casual family atmosphere.
Mike Attara, president of Spirit Golf Management, is also the new PGA general manager and CEO for Hopewell Valley. ‘The response to the new club has been outstanding from golfers and families in the region,’ Attara said. ‘We are getting calls from members and prospective players who are chomping at the bit to get on the course and are excited to learn about all the improvements planned for the course, pool, and clubhouse dining and event facilities.’
One of the first things members and guests notice is the addition of a full size sculpture of a horse, Baron Dillon, on the circle outside of the clubhouse. This is a nod to the property’s 19th century history as a horse farm with Baron Dillon being the most prominent and successful sire.
As a longtime colleague, Rich Rutzler, commercial artist and owner of Future Signs in Hamilton, N.J., joined Attara in the purchase of Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club, along with a small group of investors. ‘Both John and Rich are well respected in their industries and they will be tremendous assets to the Hopewell Valley club as we build a new future,’ Attara said.