North Jersey Country Club
North Jersey Country Club, an iconic club with a diverse membership, was one of the first clubs in northern New Jersey to recognize and act upon the impending demographic shift within the private club community. After an unsuccessful attempt to pass a facility capital plan, they engaged Studio JBD/JGA to rethink the initial approach to gain membership approval and facilitate a way forward.
Occupying one of the original Clifford Wendehack clubhouse buildings, an architectural gem, this club knew that whatever they did to improve membership utilization and satisfaction, it must be done with reverence to the original building. Internally, walls were moved, allowing for the creation of multiple member spaces including a new 19th Hole and a completely reinvented Fairway Room. This included a new bar open to an improved patio as well as a combination of fixed and movable seating to better appeal to members’ desire for a “restaurant style” feel. Much of the original pecky Cyprus that initially filled the room was repurposed allowing members a homey comfort in the new space
A small, unobtrusive addition was attached to the rear of the building which allowed the program to take shape. Additionally, the previously abandoned section of the upper floor was repurposed to accommodate a new fitness center and a small viewing deck overlooking the golf course.
Size: 36,000 square feet
Services: Master plan, Architecture, Interior Design, Procurement