Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club

2014 GRAA Top 50 Golf Range / Private Facilities

Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club

Joseph Galan, Director of Golf

811 Rattlesnake Bridge Road

Bedminster, NJ 07921

Facility Amenities:

  • Grass Tees (75)
  • Accurate Yardage Measurements on Tees to Targets
  • Short Game Practice Area

Additional Amenities:

  • Pro Shop (1,391 sq. ft.)
  • Indoor Simulator
  • Ball Flight Monitor

Type of Range Targets:

  • Flags
  • Bunkers
  • Built-up Greens
  • Fairway Cuts
  • 24″ stone blocks set in the ground for wedge targets. There are 5 different targets in an upside down v shape 10 yards apart on the right side of the main tee.

Instruction provided.

Number of PGA Professional Instructors: 6

Number of LPGA Professional Instructors: 1

Total estimated visits to your facility’s golf range: 50,000

Number of range balls in inventory: 60,000

New balls are acquired: 2 times per season but filter in new balls to replace worn balls daily

Best range promotion:
The biggest improvement we’ve made is the establishment of the Fiddler’s Academy which I launched in November 2013. I restructured the staff including taking the Head Golf Professional, Mat Kent and moving him into the role of Director of Instruction. This allowed us to focus our efforts on staff training, expansion of clinics, jr. camps, the beginning of 1/2 and 1 day golf schools, etc. With this our instruction program now has structure that allows players of all skill/gender/age group to find something for them besides individual instruction. Mat has also employed the use of a coaching philosophy as
opposed to just teaching (became a certified golf coach in addition to TPI certifications). Last winter, I hosted Academy Sessions in the Clubhouse which kept continued interest amongst the membership throughout the winter. These sessions covered Rules, Sports Psychology, Ballstriking and Ball Flight understanding. We added a Sports Psychologist to our Academy Staff to round out our professionals. We are anxious for the Tennis/Fitness facility to open in the next year or so, so that we may add an onsite fitness component. The Club is also reviewing plans for our Academy building with indoor bays for inclement weather/winter usage. All together our Instructional program has greatly increased in number of participants, opportunities and dollars.

Special programs:
NJ Golf Foundation host for Clinics and Camps
First Tee of Raritan Valley Junior Camp host
Carrier Clinic Junior Camp host
Hunterdon YMCA Junior Camp host