Northampton Valley Country Club held onto the values of a golf club as it has changed to meet the needs of the golfers it’s served over its first half-century.
When club patriarch Philip Sklar found the
farmland that would later become Northampton
Valley, it looked, well, like a farm. “There were no
trees on the course when it opened in 1963,” said
club president Gary Sklar, who was just a youngster when his father launched Northampton Valley.
“Now, we have over 3,000 trees,” said Gary Sklar.
“When you look at the old pictures it’s really amazing to see [the change].” Today, if asked to describe
Northampton Valley, it doesn’t take long to conclude that it’s a tree-lined course that’s pretty tight
That’s what giving trees – only three to five feet
tall when planted – 50 years to grow will do. And
the same goes for people.
When Northampton Valley opened, Northampton Township had about 3,000 residents. Today, the
township’s population exceeds 40,000.
“The golf course kind of grew up with the com-
Sklar family keeps
moving forward as
club turns 50 By Drew Markol
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