Built By A Missionary of Golf

In the late 1890s golf was a novelty, perhaps even a curiosity, in America. The founders of Colonia Country Club, however, took a different approach from the start. They landed an authentic Scotsman to design a golf course for them.

Thomas Bendelow arrived in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1892 and devoted himself to teaching and course design completely by 1895.

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He laid out nine holes at Colonia in 1899, and the trace of his handprint remains strong enough today that an Old-World golf experience awaits members and their guests at the club in Middlesex County. Colonia has been in continuous operation since it opened, and is the 13th oldest golf club New Jersey.

Today, Colonia is a Private Club with 200 Members. Colonia boasts a 20,000 square foot Clubhouse which is home to a formal Dining Room seating up to 250 guests for receptions and functions, a casual Mixed Grill Room, Outdoor Patio, Men’s and Women’s locker rooms, Fitness Room, Card Room and Barber Shop. A Resort quality Pool Complex opened in 2013 features indoor/outdoor Dining and Bar, adult and wading Pools and luxurious cabanas. In addition to the 6380 yard course, expanded to 18 holes by Robert White in 1923, there is a Driving Range, Chipping Green with sand bunkers, a separate putting green and a Halfway House.

Bendelow was responsible for designing more courses than any architect in history, with more than 1,000 to his credit. Two of his designs, Medinah Country Club (No. 3) in Medinah, Ill., and East Lake Country Club, in Atlanta, remain among America’s Top 100, according to Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, and Golfweek.

The golf course benefited greatly from the renovation work by Hal Purdy and Frank Duane, both recognizable names in golf course architecture, in 1969, and 1970, respectively.

Colonia offers 9 Membership Categories, with only Active members having full golf privileges, and Associates having limited golf privileges, there is truly something for every golfer. New memberships are available.

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