Last year was an interesting one to say the least as the COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on both our personal and professional lives. With the coronavirus lingering over our heads, folks were looking for an escape from the harsh reality and for scores of South Jersey residents that respite was found in a familiar setting: on the golf course.
Despite the many challenges that 2020 presented, Medford Village Country Club continued to provide members and guests with top-notch service and amenities and further cemented the solid reputation it has built over the past 50-plus years. Now that the warmer weather is arriving, the club is eager to showcase its new updates and changes while it continues to offer South Jersey “the best of everything.”
In February, Medford Village welcomed Greg Matthias as its new Head Golf Professional. A seasoned golf pro, he brings with him several years of extensive experience having previously spent time working locally at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield as well as down in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. at both PGA National Golf Club and Old Marsh Golf Club.
Also new to the golf staff is Alex Smiarowski, who now serves as Assistant Golf Professional. Smiarowski is a graduate of Methodist University who has worked at notable clubs in Massachusetts including Myopia Hunt Club and Vesper Country Club.
To further enhance its offerings to members and better connect them, Medford Village has now moved to using ForeTees technology to help simplify operations. The new cloud-based system is all encompassing and features a mobile app allowing members to easily access tee times, make dining reservations and order takeout food no matter if you’re still walking the course or perhaps relaxing poolside. Furthermore, the club’s website has been redesigned to improve functionality and attract new members.
Superintendent Bruce Rickert and his staff were credited with doing an outstanding job to maintain excellent playing conditions throughout the 2020 season and this year there are big things in the works. Rickert is planning updates to the course that include the expansion of current tees as well as construction of new tees on holes 4, 6, 13 and 18. The introduction of these additional tee boxes allows the course to play from 5,098 yards to a championship length 7,189 yards.
These modifications should be put to the test as once again Medford Village will be hosting regional events—like the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Tournament of Champions this fall—throughout the year and well into the future.
On the hospitality side of things, Dan Stevenson is the new Bar Manager and his background and expertise running wine pairing dinners, bourbon tastings and other member-centric events means those who frequent Medford Village will have plenty to look forward to in the coming months. With the recent relaxation of some COVID-19 restrictions put forth by the state, the club looks forward to hosting more events in 2021. The club is available to members and non-members for parties, weddings and other social occasions and can accommodate both indoor and outdoor events.
For those looking to take advantage of the favorable weather, Medford Village has added a new bar patio complete with fire pits to keep members comfortable when the sun goes down. Additionally, the covered patio has received a slight makeover with a new awning, furniture and umbrellas to provide an enjoyable atmosphere and allow for more outdoor dining throughout the season.
As if that wasn’t enough exciting news, Medford Village has also resurfaced its kiddie pool area and added new umbrellas to the pool deck so folks can beat the heat in more ways than one. And for tennis lovers, the club’s Har-Tru courts have been completely resurfaced and are ready for you to work on that backhand or perhaps a little doubles action.
All this proves that Medford Village is much more than your typical golf club and with swim, tennis, social and dining memberships currently available for the 2021 season, now is the perfect time to experience the “best of everything.”
Wedding photo by Nicole Cordisco Photography
Medford Village Country Club
28 Golfview Drive | Medford
(609) 654-7541 | MedfordVillage.com
Published and copyrighted in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 18, Issue 1 (April 2021).