(908) 766-2510

1 Collyer Lane
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

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coakley-russo memorial golf course

Location

VANJ Lyons Campus
Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ

Contact

In-Season
908-604-2582

Hours

Open Daily Through
November 14, 2021
 
Call the course directly for information on weather delays or closures.

Managed and Maintained By

Bernards Township
Parks & Recreation 
1 Collyer Lane
Basking Ridge, NJ
908-204-3003
golf@bernards.org

 

Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course

TEE TIME RESERVATIONS Now Available Online!

The Veterans Administration has issued a temporary extension of our expired agreement which allows us to resume maintenance immediately and reopen the Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course for play.

We have been working for over a year to obtain a new ten-year space sharing agreement for continued operation of the course.  Unfortunately, the federal contract review process has taken longer than our previous experiences and we did not anticipate our current agreement expiring before a new agreement in place.  We have been told by the Veterans Administration that they project our new agreement will be approved and in place by May 1st and there should be no further disruption to operations.

We are excited to launch a new online tee time reservation system this season!  Click here for detailed instructions on how to reserve a tee time online.  Tee time reservations may be made by phone, 908-604-2582, during course operating hours. 

 

Click Here for 2021 Season News & Renewal Information

Bernards Township residents who were members in 2019 but did not join for the 2020 season, may rejoin for the 2021 season without a re-registration fee.

On Memorial Day, 1947, the Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course was presented to the VA Medical Center by New Jersey golfers, both men and women, amateurs and professionals. The gift was the product of many hours of work by the New Jersey Rehabilitation Committee over several months. The committee was composed of two members each from the New Jersey Section of the PGA of America, the New Jersey Golf Association, the Women’s New Jersey Golf Association, the State Public Links Association and the State Greenskeeper Association.

The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. as a par 35, nine-hole course which plays from 2,700—3,300 yards. The official pace of play rating from the NJSGA is 2 hours and 13 minutes.

The course was dedicated to the memory of all New Jersey golfers who gave their lives in World War II and is named in honor of two New Jersey Professional Golfers, Lt. Francis X. Coakley and Sgt. Nick Russo, both killed while serving their country.

In July of 1996, Bernards Township assumed the operation of the course in a unique partnership between the Township and the VA Medical Center. Managed and maintained by the Department of Parks & Recreation, membership categories are available for VA affiliates, Bernards Township residents and non-residents. Membership includes unlimited play with no additional greens fees!

PACE OF PLAY RESOURCE CENTER: The USGA is working to help provide information, tools and solutions to help golf facilities provide a first-class golf experience for all. Learn more at http://www.usga.org/pace-of-play-resource-center.html. TEE IT FORWARD is a joint initiative between the USGA and The PGA of America that encourages players to play from a set of tees best suited to their driving distance. In addition to providing more enjoyment for golfers, teeing it forward also can be one of the most important steps that golfers take in improving pace of play. Learn more at http://www.usga.org/teeitforward/.

PLAY 9! Busy Schedule? No worries. You can always find time for the game we all love and a nine-hole round can be just the ticket! Visit http://www.usga.org/play9.html for more information on the benefits of playing nine holes. Another reason to become a member of the Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course!

Hold Harmless Statement

By accepting membership, I hereby accept membership privileges for myself and family members listed on the membership and agree that this is a voluntary choice. I acknowledge that there are certain risks inherent with being a member, and I agree to accept all of the consequences and assume the risks involved with membership. I give permission to the Township to provide emergency care as necessary for the well being of myself and my family until such time as a designated emergency contact may be reached. I understand and acknowledge that Bernards Township is not responsible for any loss, damages or injury to any person or property for any reason associated with my and/or my child’s/dependent’s participation in the activities associated with this membership. In light of the above, I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless and release Bernards Township from any and all liability for any and all injuries that I and/or my child/dependent may sustain as a result of participation in this activity. This includes, but is not limited to, responsibility for the payment of any and all doctor, medical or hospital bills resulting from any and all injuries to me and/or my child/dependent. I grant Bernards Township the right to use any and all photographs of myself or my child participating in a Department sponsored activity for future media promotion. I confirm that I have read and understand the rules outlined in the Membership Handbook and the Recreation Department's registration policies and procedures.