Spotlight: From Red Brick Factory Walls to Golf Course Green
If you were to visit the Hyatt Clark site of the RACER Trust, you’d be likely to hear the thwack of a golf ball, the laughter of friends sharing a plate of nachos, and the shouts of children enjoying a birthday party.
The 88-acre Hyatt Clark Industries site manufactured hard rubber products and other equipment for cars, trucks and trains from 1938 to 1987. Today, although still owned by the RACER Trust, the site has moved on from its manufacturing past and is enjoying a second life as Hyatt Hills Golf Complex, a public golf facility.
The RACER Trust is selling the golf course. You can see details on the property here.
The complex consists of a scenic regulation par-36 nine-hole golf course, a full-service clubhouse with a pro shop and Mexican restaurant, a driving range, a practice bunker, practice chipping and putting greens, and an eighteen-hole miniature golf course. The facility offers golf instruction, children’s birthday partiesand children’s summer camps.
The complex is at 1300 Raritan Road in two New Jersey Townships -- Clark and Cranford – in Northeastern New Jersey. The golf complex is leased from the RACER Trust and operated by a commission formed of representatives of the two Townships.
The former manufacturing plant was decommissioned in 1991. Significant environmental cleanup took place at the site throughout the 1990s, and a free-product recovery system remains in operation.
The New Jersey State Golf Association/ USGA gives Hyatt Hills a course rating of 69.5 and a slope rating of 130. This makes Hyatt Hills one of the most challenging nine-hole golf courses in the New Jersey. Hyatt Hills was also named as one of the best conditioned nine-hole golf courses by the Newark Star Ledger, and in 2007 it was awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award from the New Jersey Turfgrass Association.
More information on the golf complex can be found at http://www.hyatthills.com/