By Meagan Douches
Big changes could be in store for Robbinsville residents as township officials and owners of Miry Run Country Club determine the future of the longtime golf course.
Miry Run closed its doors last winter when the owner, Spring Garden Country Club, Inc., decided its profits were too low for another year of service. Spring Garden is interested in selling the property, which has attracted a handful of potential buyers. Robbinsville Director of Community and Economic Development Tim McGough said the 6,657-square-yard property is valued around $800,000.
Several months ago, Spring Garden approached the township to discuss other uses of the property, including construction of a new housing development. The land is zoned specifically as a golf course, and McGough said the owners would need a variance from the zoning board in order to use it for another purpose.
Other ideas have since been explored for the land, including building a senior housing complex in conjunction with a smaller golf course.
The township has also considered purchasing the land and rebuilding it as a municipal golf course. In this case, the township would eliminate any new housing, which would go along with the administration’s long-held preference to avoid growing the township’s residential population. McGough said he believes the revenue created by the course would offset the cost of land maintenance.
“Our goal is to preserve the golf course,” McGough said. “The course has been in our township for many, many years and we’d like to maintain that for our residents.”
In its prime, the course was called the Skyview Country Club. Located in the heart of the community, the golf course was equipped with a popular halfway house where golfers could take a break from the game and fuel up with a good lunch. The halfway house shut down approximately five years ago and, according to McGough, that was a big setback for golfers.
“For seniors or anybody to go out for four to six hours and not be able to go to the restroom, it’s unreasonable,” he said. “Once they closed that, it limited their clientele.”
A new owner or an open space township purchase could mean restoring the venue to its former glory. But, for now, Miry Run Country Club remains closed, and plans for its future are up in the air.