Montammy Golf Club Membership
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The Director of Golf at Montammy is Mike Burke Jr., who has served in that capacity since 2002. Mike, a member of the New Jersey PGA Hall of Fame, was previously the long time head professional at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, NJ. In addition to being an experienced golf coach and teacher, Mike has played in thirteen national major golf tournaments and won the National Club Pro Championship in 1998. Mike has been named NJPGA Player of the Year six times and has won 15 NJPGA major championships.
Mike’s golf staff includes three assistant golf professionals who are dedicated to supporting the Montammy Golf Club membership with outstanding and innovative teaching, clinics, and a robust junior program. The pros also manage a full Club tournament and play program. The Club’s caddie master supervises a comprehensive caddie program as well as the bag room staff.
The golf teaching program includes individual lessons, group lessons, free clinics, golf schools, on course playing programs, and the junior program. Video analysis is used extensively. The pros also are expert at matching equipment to the golfer’s swing and game. The fitting program assures that the golfer can truly maximize his or her potential on the course.
The tournament schedule includes championship competitions for men and women as well as juniors and seniors. There are a variety of other competitions as well. There are also member guest events, pro ladies and pro-ams, as well as mixed events and team events.
The Golf Shop provides the highest quality merchandise at extremely competitive prices. The Golf Shop is well stocked with the latest in clothing and shoes, as well as the full array of equipment from balls to clubs. In addition to sophisticated club fitting centers, there are extensive numbers of demo clubs. The staff is also pleased to special order items not available in the shop.
The greens program at Montammy is under the direction of Jim Swiatlowski and the supervision of the Director of Golf. Jim has been the head superintendent for five years and has worked at Montammy for over 30 years.
The golf course, completed in 1966, was designed by Frank Duane, a renowned architect who previously had worked with Robert Trent Jones and then Arnold Palmer. Among Mr. Duane’s notable course designs are Braeburn GC in New York, Myrtle Beach National in South Carolina, Engineers GC in New York, the Bay Course at Kapalua Resort in Hawaii, and the Links Course at Half Moon Bay in California. Mr. Duane constructed a rolling, tree lined golf course that is picturesque and challenging. Over the last five years, the course renovation plan has transformed the course into a true gem. The course is playable for all, with five sets of tees, ranging from 5,400 yards from the forward tees to 6875 yards from the championship tees. The greens are large and receptive with considerable undulation.
The golf course is recognized as a high quality course, built for serious competition. Montammy has been the host of the New Jersey PGA and numerous US Open qualifier tournaments. In 2009, the Club hosted a qualifier for the Met, one of the New York Metropolitan area’s major golf tournaments, and in 2010, was the revenue for the US Open qualifier.
The course’s challenges come not from its length, however, but from its strong mix of distinctive holes. The par 3s are relatively long, with undulating greens, strategic placement of hazards, and, on two of the par 3s, severe height differences from tee to green. The par 4s offer variety in both shape and length. Water is in play on 4 of the par 4s. The par 5 holes are a mix of dog legs and straight holes that offer the best chance to post a low score. The course is a stern but fair test of golf for golfers of all levels of skill.
Playing conditions are maintained at “tournament” level with firm, fast greens, tightly mowed fairways, and lush rough. Fairway areas have been enlarged as trees have been removed in the renovation program. No shortcuts are taken in maintaining the golf course, the Club’s number 1 asset.