MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – A group of existing and new members have purchased the Wildwood Golf and Country Club with plans to rehabilitate the grounds and expand the membership.
Wildwood Golf and Country Club has been one of South Jersey’s golf venues since 1916 and is said to have been a favorite course of Arnold Palmer during his days at the Cape May Coast Guard Station. Now in its second century, the club plans to make changes to meet the changing desires of golfers and private club members.
“The world is changing and members and their families wish to enjoy their leisure time differently,” said said Bob Noel, WGCC’s president. “After considerable research, consultation from industry experts, and member feedback, we embarked upon this evolutionary process to save our club.”
The club hired a professional club management firm, Princeton-based Morningstar Golf and Hospitality, to work with the existing management staff and direct the club’s operations.
Matthew Galvin, president of Morningstar, said club members are planning several renovation and improvement projects for the clubhouse, ballroom, lobby, grounds, and golf course.
“We will spend several hundred thousand dollars on the ground, not including the golf course,” Galvin said this week.
“Right now the grounds are okay, but they could be better,” he said. “With the renovations, we want to be comfortable and casual. We want to keep it light, and communicate the feeling of being at the shore.”
Galvin said other changes planned include different membership options such as the ability for families to add children to their membership at no additional charge.
With the changes will come a new name for the still-private club – The Shore Club – sometime in the spring 2018.