Stephen Edelson for Asbury Park Press | The patch of land near the entrance to Ocean County Park sits less than two miles from the Lakewood Community Center, where J.R. Smith first picked up a basketball as a 5-year-old.

Twenty-three years later, the Knicks guard made one smooth pass at the golf ball after another, launching short iron shots to one of three greens that will make up the First Tee of Monmouth & Ocean Counties facility, with the J.R. Smith Foundation signing on as the naming sponsor for the project.

“I’ve been given a great opportunity because of what I’ve done on the basketball court, and it’s put me in these situations where I can help with things like this,” said Smith, an avid golfer. “A lot of the guys I grew up with are still in the area and have kids, and as parents we all want our kids to be able to do stuff that we haven’t experienced.” Continue Reading »

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A Visit and Tour from the New Jersey Audubon Society

by Mike Attara on August 23, 2013

Last month, residents and members at Eagle Ridge Golf Club got to see course conditions through the eyes of New Jersey Audubon Stewardship Director John Parke.  They toured the property with John to see the habitat restoration and wildlife that calls Eagle Ridge home.

New Jersey Audubon Society at Eagle Ridge Golf Club

New Jersey Audubon Society at Eagle Ridge Golf Club

John also did a workshop prior at the clubhouse teaching residents how they can make simple changes in their own backyard and be a part of the Eagle Ridge Community Wildlife Habitat initiative.

Eagle Ridge Golf Club, assisted by the New Jersey Audubon Society has entered into a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to partake in a habitat restoration project on the course.  Since 2010, over 50 different species of birds, including bald eagle, eastern meadowlark, purple martin and blue grosbeak have been observed on the property as well as numerous reptile, amphibian, and mammal species.

These rare Red Headed woodpeckers were spotted near the 17th hole.

These rare Red Headed woodpeckers were spotted near the 17th hole.

Eagle Ridge Golf Club lies within the Atlantic Coastal Bay focus area of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program and represents a large tract of open space that is considered the “Core Habitat” area of the community.  Critical foraging and nesting habitat are available on the course to a variety of migratory birds.The partnerships with the New Jersey Audubon and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have added to the overall golf experience at the club.

“My love of wildlife, in particular birds, has caused me to really focus my attention on the environment. I am encouraging nesting for the native wildlife at Eagle Ridge in hopes of increasing species populations, and I believe it is working.  Golfers are coming up to me saying they have never seen so much wildlife here at Eagle Ridge compared to other courses.  It is a labor of love for me.”


Collaboration on the Field and on the Course

by Mike Attara on September 19, 2012

When The Lakewood BlueClaws players are not on the baseball field, they like to be on the golf course.  The players were happy to share their love of the game with their youngest fans at Eagle Ridge Golf Club.

It was a great afternoon as Eagle Ridge golf pros and BlueClaws baseball players came together to show how golf and baseball are very similar in some ways and different in others. PGA Magazine took a closer a look at this collaboration.