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Parks & Recreation - Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course

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Operating Hours Change Beginning August 16!
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Tee Time Required. Members are permitted to bring guests.
Prorated Memberships Now Available!
Valid for use Sept.1 - Nov. 15
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Purchase online with your household account!
Click here to view the latest Course Conditions Report.
Previous conditions reports can be found to the right, under Documents.
Click here to view our updated course use policies in response to COVID 19.


On Memorial Day, 1947, the Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course was presented to the VA Medical Center by New Jersey golfers, both men and women, amateurs and professionals. The gift was the product of many hours of work by the New Jersey Rehabilitation Committee over several months. The committee was composed of two members each from the New Jersey Section of the PGA of America, the New Jersey Golf Association, the Women’s New Jersey Golf Association, the State Public Links Association and the State Greenskeeper Association.

The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. as a par 35, nine-hole course which plays from 2,700—3,300 yards.The official pace of play rating from the NJSGA is 2 hours and 13 minutes.

The course was dedicated to the memory of all New Jersey golfers who gave their lives in World War II and is named in honor of two New Jersey Professional Golfers, Lt. Francis X. Coakley and Sgt. Nick Russo, both killed while serving their country.

In July of 1996, Bernards Township assumed the operation of the course in a unique partnership between the Township and the VA Medical Center. Managed and maintained by the Department of Parks & Recreation, membership categories are available for VA affiliates, Bernards Township residents and non-residents. Membership includes unlimited play with no additional greens fees!

Current Golf
Tournament Registration
Course Scorecard, Map
And Pace of Play Rating
Report Current
Course Conditions

PACE OF PLAY RESOURCE CENTER: The USGA is working to help provide information, tools and solutions to help golf facilities provide a first-class golf experience for all. Learn more at TEE IT FORWARD is a joint initiative between the USGA and The PGA of America that encourages players to play from a set of tees best suited to their driving distance. In addition to providing more enjoyment for golfers, teeing it forward also can be one of the most important steps that golfers take in improving pace of play. Learn more at

PLAY 9! Busy Schedule? No worries. You can always find time for the game we all love and a nine-hole round can be just the ticket! Visit for more information on the benefits of playing nine holes. Another reason to become a member of the Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course!

Membership Information

Membership is available to Bernards Township residents, non-residents and VA Medical Center Affiliates (current or retired employees, outpatients and volunteers). Senior and student discounted memberships are available to Bernards Township residents and VA Medical Center Affiliates only.

For New or Returning Members… Initiation and re-registration fees now include complimentary guest visit credits your first year of membership!
  • Initiation Fee includes 6 guest visit credits—$150 Value
  • Re-Registration Fee includes 3 guest visit credits—$75 Value
New members can also take advantage of early payment discounts on membership fees.
There has never been a better time to become a Coakley-Russo Member!!!

By purchasing a membership, you agree to abide by the Rules & Regulations printed in the Membership Handbook and agree to the Township's Membership Handbook and agree to the Township's Hold Harmless Statement (below).

3 Ways to Renew/Purchase Membership

ONLINE: Log-in with your Username & Password. Payment in full by credit card required; Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. Select "Pass Renewal" from the main menu to renew your current membership. To purchase a new membership online, select "Membership Search" from the Search Menu. If you do not yet have an online registration account, click here for information on how to obtain one.

BY MAIL: Renewing members can mail their payment stub with the appropriate fee and new members can complete a membership application and mail it with the appropriate fee to Parks & Recreation, RE: Golf Membership, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, 07920. Payment by check only. Must be received by deadline date to receive early renewal discount; postmarks do not apply.

IN-PERSON: Renewing members can bring their payment stub with appropriate fee and new members complete a membership application and bring with appropriate fee to the Parks & Recreation office. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – 4:30PM. Payment by check or cash (exact amount).

Be sure to update your account if your household information has changed. You may update your phone, email and emergency contact information by logging into your online account, select “Change Household Data” under “My Account”. If you need to update your name or address information, you must complete and return a Household Information Form and include the necessary documentation.

Golf Course Operating Season
April 1 - November 15, 2020
Open Daily

Members may bring guests up until 2 hours prior to the posted closing time for the day.
Players will not be allowed to start a round less than one hour prior to closing.
All players must be off the course and in the parking lot by the posted closing time.
Delayed openings and closings are called at the discretion of course staff.
Call the course at 908-604-2582 for the latest conditions or to reserve a tee time.

Hold Harmless Statement

By accepting membership, I hereby accept membership privileges for myself and family members listed on the membership and agree that this is a voluntary choice. I acknowledge that there are certain risks inherent with being a member, and I agree to accept all of the consequences and assume the risks involved with membership. I give permission to the Township to provide emergency care as necessary for the well being of myself and my family until such time as a designated emergency contact may be reached. I understand and acknowledge that Bernards Township is not responsible for any loss, damages or injury to any person or property for any reason associated with my and/or my child’s/dependent’s participation in the activities associated with this membership. In light of the above, I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless and release Bernards Township from any and all liability for any and all injuries that I and/or my child/dependent may sustain as a result of participation in this activity. This includes, but is not limited to, responsibility for the payment of any and all doctor, medical or hospital bills resulting from any and all injuries to me and/or my child/dependent. I grant Bernards Township the right to use any and all photographs of myself or my child participating in a Department sponsored activity for future media promotion. I confirm that I have read and understand the rules outlined in the Membership Handbook and the Recreation Department's registration policies and procedures.


Located on Knollcroft Road at the VA Medical Center Complex, Lyons, NJ


Contact us

Parks & Recreation Main Office 908-204-3003
Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course Tee Time Reservations 908-604-2582 (in-season)
Maverick Driving Range 908-604-2225
Golf Advisory Committee Golf Advisory Committee Homepage