Apple Mountain Golf Course
Played golf there and had a blast with my son and friends. What a shame how it is not taken care of, some of the cart paths are actually unsafe. I found out itnisnthe same owner as Harkers Hollow which is a cow pasture. Does anyone have any insight?
They were having some trouble a few years ago paying taxes at both and Harkers is up for sale.
I was there on Friday and thought the same thing.about the cart paths. Absolutely terrible.
from what i heard the former owner passed away a few years back and his son inherited the courses, and he obviously wants little to nothing to do with the upkeep of the courses. It's a shame too because both have potential, especially Harkers.
Andrew and Janet Kiszonak were the owners of Apple Mountain. Drew passed away in 2013 and now his wife owns both properties. She runs them with her son Drew Jr. As far as I know, both properties are for sale.
"Only Harkers is listed for sale"
Yes, but the Kiszonaks have made it known, to the regular crowd there, that they would be interested in selling both.
It's been very wet lately. There are many swampy areas on the course. ( Apple Mtn) Hopefully it will get better when things dry out. Last year it was in great shape.
Harkers is coming up for auction soon anyway but in the meantime If I had wanted to sell both I would list both, It's easier to sell property that is listed. In my opinion they are not golf course owner material. They took Harkers which was a premier club in NJ and turned it into a cow pasture. I do personally know the family. They are nice people as was Drew. Just the mom and son should not be in the golf course business. At one point it was mentioned to them to hire a management company. Anyway. I wish them well.
Harkers became a dog track long before Apple Mountain bought it. They brought it back to life briefly but weren't up to the task of maintaining it. There's nothing more embarrassing than a sand trap that is full of weeds...
The biggest problem at Apple Mountain (golf course and restaurant) is the turnover of staff. It's insane.
Apple Mountain is in the same league as Mine Brook. Any serious golfer plays there as a last resort and views it as a hackers playground. Think sneakers, denim shorts and dodging tee shots from parallel fairways. We are surrounded by excellent public courses including High Bridge, Farmstead, Architects and the Crystal Springs courses.
Just for the record, I would not lump Minebrook into the same category as Apple Mountain. The improvements made over the past several years, including rebuilding tee boxes, fixing and filling sand traps, and clearing some trees to allow grass to grow have paid off. The staff at Minebrook is running fun, special events for the public on a regular basis. Finally, Minebrook has priced itself more appropriately in comparison to the other public courses mentioned above, which can only help in increasing the golfer traffic through the course.
Can you walk on and carry your bag around for a loop? I doubt anyone would notice any difference in course maintenance...
Harker's Hollow will be reopening for golf next month. They will also be reopening their restaurant at full capacity. Last fall the restaurant was being operated by a caterer from Alpha and only serving food on the weekend.
Thanks for the info Calico696. I'm sad :-( But I'll check out Harker's Hollow. I like Minebrook but like to expand options.
I got a mailer the other day that Harkers is offering golf memberships at 96% off. $49 per year for 3 years and you get unlimited golf privileges until July 1, 2022. It'll still cost you $18 per rider per round for the cart, but that's not out of line with other places.
I don't know if they'll turn the place around... but if I get 10 rounds in before they go belly up, it will be well worth it.
If anyone else is interested, call them at 908-454-1884
I think I'll bite. I've spent as much on clothes I wind up never wearing. Anyone else?
Sad to see apple mountain closed down
The staff was nice
The views were amazing
The food was good
The beer was cold
We will miss golfing there
While very basic in terms of greens keeping, I loved it there and will miss it. Very sad they are closed.
Is Apple Mountain for sale. Who actually owns Apple Mountain does the bank or the Township for lack of taxes does anyone know? Would like to see it come back
I really miss Apple Mtn - used to play it at least once a week for the last few years - was the best course on my way home from work along the I80 corridor. Shot my best round there (79). I will miss the 8th hole - nice open downhill par 4, will not miss that tough uphill par 4 #2. Just wanted everyone involved to know I really enjoyed AM - it was/is a fantastic course. I really wish the ownership would update the web site so that their loyal customers could at least be informed on what happened - just to pull the plug and leave no information whatsoever is frustrating ...
What do you mean? I disagree that businesses have to give a reason for closing. If a business is no long profitable, it closes. The end.
I think he simply means update website to say the course is closed. The site currently looks like course is still open
I will also miss it. I haven’t played it in several years, but I grew up learning golf on the course and playing for many years. I could describe every hole. Yes, 2 (and 3) were brutal. 15 and 17 were my favorites.
@CSSP, I have a lot of balls in the pond on 2. Such a peaceful place to play. It's missed.
I too enjoyed playing there. yes, the course could have been maintained better. But the views were great. 8 was my favorite as well. I stopped by there the other day and the place looks like a ghost town. oddly enough the tee boxes did not look over grown. But the rest looked pretty rough. I was going to drive into the course a bit but thought better of it.
We enjoyed playing there also even though it wasn’t always in the best of shape. The prices were good and the lunch ticket was a great bargain. I have heard that Drew is keeping the greens cut so if a buyer comes along they will still be playable. Probably in the banks best interest to have him do that. Hopefully a buyer will come along so we can play it again.
Calico, The hub and I don't golf either, but we enjoyed meeting friends and enjoying dinner at Apple Mt. We also enjoyed going there for breakfast going back a few years.
Will miss the course - my Brother and I would play there & enjoyed it.
Would enjoy a nice lunch afterwards
Hope it can come back at some point, time will tell
I have a gift card that has value for the course. Would be nice to have a way to redeem it. They have the money....
Here's my favorite tee shot on Apple Mtn - lets see if anybody can name the hole ...
It's the Par 3 where there was usually a guy hawking sleeves of golf balls to get on the green. Definitely Back 9... I'm gonna say the 15th?
Number 7 reachable on a good day
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"Here's my favorite tee shot on Apple Mtn - lets see if anybody can name the hole ..."
It's #7 - the downhill short par 4 - loved that tee shot (almost as much as the following hole #8 - another super nice downhill par 4 tee shot ... that one was my fave - made it to the fringe one time in the summer when the fairways were hard & running fast). Also liked #18 - in the summer, it was like a gallery hole - always people out on the deck eating & watching the golfers either stick one or crash and burn on the last hole...
15. One of my favorites. Beautiful views of the Gap - and you can see it in the photo.
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yep - #15 was that nice downhill par 3, right ? That was a fun risk & reward - go for it & could knock it stiff, or blade it long, down that hill behind the green into the trees & gone forever.
I really do miss this golf course ... alot
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