In 1922, a small group of presidents of northern New Jersey golf clubs gathered to incorporate the New Jersey Seniors Golf Association. This nonprofit corporation’s purpose was to encourage friendly competition in golf as well as provide a venue where the presidents and officers of other clubs could exchange information about their clubs’ doings.
Members of the Association come from the following 26 participating clubs: Arcola, Baltusrol, Canoe Brook, Deal, Echo Lake, Essex County, Essex Fells, Fairmount, Hackensack, Knickerbocker, Manasquan River, Montclair, Morris County, Mountain Ridge, Navesink, Plainfield, Raritan Valley, Ridgewood, Rockaway River, Rock Spring, Rumson, Somerset Hills, Spring Brook, Spring Lake, Suburban, and Upper Montclair. The participating clubs, themselves, are not members of the New Jersey Seniors Golf Association. There are today 375 active NJ Seniors members who belong to the participating clubs.
The NJ Seniors conduct four one-day tournaments in May, June, July, and August; and a two-day championship of 36 holes played in the month of September. At any given tournament, it is the standing practice that 228 golfers will participate. The tournaments are held on a reciprocating basis among all of the participating clubs. Each club is expected to host a golf tournament once every five or six years. The larger clubs of Baltusrol, Canoe Brook, and Montclair host the 36-hole championship every three years.
The qualifications for membership have evolved over the years. Invariably, they are active leaders in their club, their profession, and their community. Above all, they are congenial people who love the game of golf and its traditions. A member must be 55 or older. Candidates must be golfing members in good standing at one of the clubs cited above, and preferably a current or former member of its Board. The ongoing friendly, competitive relationships that are fostered make the New Jersey Seniors Golf Association unique and enduring.