Township of Scotch Plains, NJ
Union County
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[Ord. No. 68-10; Ord. No. 98-2]
A public golf course shall be established in the Township to be known as SCOTCH HILLS COUNTRY CLUB on lands shown on the 1964-Tax Map as Block 173, Lot No. 1 and consisting of 28.95 acres.
The Board of recreation Commissioners shall have general supervision and control over the maintenance, operation and regulation of such public golf course and all forms of recreation, playground and public entertainment activities carried on in connection therewith.
Personnel, equipment and all other resources of the recreation commission and the golf course may be used interchangeably.
The Township council shall annually appropriate such sums of money which shall be raised by taxation to develop, maintain and operate the public golf course and all forms of recreation, playground and public entertaining activities carried on in connection therewith.
[Ord. #78-29; New; Ord. #79-11; Ord. #80-12; Ord. #81-3; Ord. #85-29; Ord. #87-1; Ord. #89-36; Ord. #92-15; Ord. #95-3; Ord. #33-2000; Ord. #34-2000; Ord. #98-2, SS1—9; Ord. #3-2004; Ord. #21-04; Ord. #3-2009; Ord. #11-20; Ord. #2014-9, SS 1,2; Ord. No. 2017-12]
Fees, rents, other charges, and the number of nonresident memberships will be established from time to time by ordinance of the Township Council. This subsection approves a range of rates to be set from year to year by the recreation commission. The range in fees is as follows:
a. 
Early registration and regular registration: At the discretion of the recreation commission, an early and regular registration may be implemented and ratified by the Township Council. The time period from January 1st—March 15th shall be considered early registration as set forth by the commission. Those individuals registering early may receive a financial discount.
Those registering after March 15th, or after any other deadline set by the commission, will be charged the regular rate. The range of rates as set forth by the Township Council is as follows:
1. 
Full Membership (Residents) — Scotch Hills Country Club Golf Course.
Registration Type
Range
Adults (18 years to 60 years) per year
$43.00-$58.00
Senior citizen (60 years and over) per year
$31.00-$58.00
Teenager (13 to 17) per year
$32.00-$58.00
Pre-teen* (10-12) per year
$32.00-$58.00
Active duty military members and veterans residing in the Township**
No fee
Scotch Plains Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad Members ***
No fee
John Shippen Youth Golf Academy (JSYGA) ****
No fee
*Must be accompanied by an adult.
**Must provide proof of active duty status or veteran status with an honorable discharge and proof of residency within the Township of Scotch Plains.
***Must provide proof of current membership in the Scotch Plains Fire Department or the Scotch Plains Rescue Square.
****Must be accompanied by paying adult, using discretion and being courteous to other paying players by allowing them to play through.
[Ord. No. 2017-12]
2. 
Associate Memberships (Nonresidents).
Registration Type
Range
Annual fee, any age
$70.00—$110.00
3. 
Member - Greens Fees - Scotch Hills Golf Course.
Range
Weekdays:
Before 6:00 p.m.
After 6:00 p.m.
Adult (18 to 60 years) per year
$15.00-$22.00
$14.00-$21.00
Senior citizens (60 and over)
$12.00-$19.00
$11.00-$18.00
Teenagers (13 to 17)
$13.00-$20.00
$12.00-$19.00
Preteens* (10 to 12)
$13.00-$20.00
$12.00-$19.00
Active duty military members and veterans residing in the Township.**
No fee
No fee
Scotch Plains Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad Members***
No fee
No fee
*Must be accompanied by an adult.
**Must provide proof of active duty status or veteran status with an honorable discharge and proof of residency within the Township of Scotch Plains.
***Must provide proof of current membership in the Scotch Plains Fire Department or the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad.
Range
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays
Before 6:00 p.m.
After 6:00 p.m.
Adult (18 to 60 years) per year
$15.00-$22.00
$14.00-$21.00
Senior citizens (60 and over)
$12.00-$19.00
$11.00-$18.00
Teenagers (13 to 17)
$13.00-$20.00
$12.00-$19.00
Preteens* (10 to 12)
$13.00-$20.00
$12.00-$19.00
Active duty military members and veterans residing in the Township.**
No fee
No fee
Scotch Plains Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad Members***
No fee
No fee
*Must be accompanied by an adult.
**Must provide proof of active duty status or veteran status with an honorable discharge and proof of residency within the Township of Scotch Plains.
***Must provide proof of current membership in the Scotch Plains Fire Department or the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad.
4. 
Non-Member Fees - Scotch Hills Golf Course.
Range
Non-member, 10 years and over
Before 6:00 p.m.
After 6:00 p.m.
Weekdays
$27.00 - $34.00
$21.00 - $28.00
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
$31.00 - $38.00
$25.00 - $32.00
5. 
Scotch Hills Clubhouse. Residents will have priority booking privileges for the first three months of the year. After the third month, the facility will be able to be booked by nonresidents. Social functions must terminate at the time fixed by the recreation commission by regulation adopted by the commission. Special police may be hired at the discretion of the recreation commission.
Rental Fees -- Weekdays
Meetings
Range Residents
Nonresidents
Time Frame
Mornings or afternoons prior to 4:00 p.m.
$75.00 - $100.00
$85.00 - $110.00
3 hr. maximum
Evenings after 4:00 p.m.
$90.00 - $155.00
$100.00 - $125.00
3 hr. maximum
Socials
Lacey Ballroom
$155.00 - $180.00
$165.00 - $190.00
5 hr. maximum
Tucker Room
$145.00 - $170.00
$155.00 - $180.00
5 hr. maximum
Additional Time
$50.00 - $75.00
$60.00 - $85.00
per hour
Weekends and Holidays
Rental Fees - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Range
Meetings
Residents
Nonresidents
Time Frame
Socials
$425.00 - $575.00
$475.00 - $625.00
5 hr. maximum
Additional Time
$55.00 - $85.00
$65.00 - $95.00
per hour
Security Deposit
Weekday Meetings
$50.00 - $150.00
$100.00 - $200.00
Socials
$200.00 - $400.00
$300.00 - $500.00
Cancellation Penalty
$75.00-$155.00
$150.00-$300.00
If cancelled within two weeks of function, forfeit entire rental fee.
6. 
Park Picnic Rentals. The Scotch Plains Recreation Commission welcomes all residents to utilize the Township's many parks for their personal enjoyment. Scotch Plains parks are open to residents daily from 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Our parks are available for rental to individuals and organizations for private parties or picnics. Picnics are defined as formal gatherings of family and/or friends for the purpose of holding an event, such as a birthday party, family reunion, or similar type gathering. In these instances, the recreation department will issue an exclusive rights permit to the responsible adult holding the event. Such permits provide the permit holder with exclusive rights to the area agreed upon in the permit. Fees for these permits are below.
Range
Park Rental
Resident
Nonresident
11 to 75 people
$75.00 - $175.00
$150.00 - $300.00
76 to 200 people
$150.00 - $250.00
$175.00 - $375.00
201 and over
$300.00- $400.00
$400.00 - $500.00
Picnic Kit
$25.00 - $35.00
$25.00 - $35.00
For purposes of this paragraph only, small groups (defined as 10 or fewer individuals, whether or not family members) are exempt from the above fees or from obtaining any permit.
7. 
Field Rentals. The Scotch Plains Recreation Department supports many organizations' needs for athletic fields. Field permits issued by the recreation department afford the permit holder exclusive use of facilities at the time and place noted. Field allocations are provided primarily through the allied associations. The field needs of the allied associations are our first priority. Upon satisfying the needs of the allied associations, Scotch Plains athletic fields are available for rental to associations and individuals for their respective athletic endeavors. Field rental fees are described below.
Range
Rental Type
Time Allotment
Resident
Nonresident
Field Rental
(Two hour blocks)
Baseball/ Softball 60'
$75.00 - $175.00
$150.00 - $300.00
Baseball 50', 70', 90'
$75.00 - $175.00
$150.00 - $375.00
Soccer/Football/ Lacrosse
$175.00 - $300.00
$200.00 - $350.00
Synthetic Turf Field
Per two hour block full field
$250.00 - $450.00
$350.00 - $550.00
Synthetic Turf Field under the lights
Per two hour block full field
$350.00 - $450.00
$450.00 - $550.00
Range
Rental Type
Time Allotment
Resident
Nonresident
Rental Type
Time Allotment
Resident
Nonresident
Camps and Clinics
(Soccer, Football, Lacrosse) up to 24 hours or 4 days
$2,000.00 - $4,000.00
$2,500.00 - $5,000.00
Baseball/Softball 60' diamonds
$1,200.00 - $1,500.00
$1,500.00 - $1,900.00
Baseball/Softball 50', 70', 90'
$1,500.00 - $1,900.00
$1,900.00 - $2,500.00
For purposes of this paragraph only, small groups (defined as 7 or fewer individuals, whether or not family members) are exempt from the above fees or from obtaining any permit.
8. 
Cart Rentals — Scotch Hills Golf Course.
Rental Type
Range
Electric carts - 9 hole
$14.00 - $30.00
Electric carts - 18 hole
$28.00 — $40.00
Pull Carts
$4.00 - $8.00
9. 
Mini-Golf Rates - Scotch Hills.
Range
Before 6:00 p.m.
After 6:00 p.m.
Adult
(18 to 60 years) per year
$6.00-$8.00
$7.00-$9.00
Children
$4.00 - $6.00
$5 .00 - $7.00
Seniors
$4.00 - $6.00
$5.00 - $7.00
Driving Cages
$4.00 - $6.00
$4.00 - $6.00
Birthday Parties
$12.00-$20.00
$12.00-$20.00
10. 
Programs and Activities. Scotch Plains Recreation offers a variety of programs and activities. For residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, registration fees to be charged for such programs and activities shall be in the range of $0 to $700. For nonresidents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, a fee will be added to the regular registration fee as outlined below.
Range
Program
Description
Additional Non-Resident Fee
Recreation Programs with a registration fee of $240.00 or less
Nonresidents participating in programs administered by the Scotch Plains Recreation Commission
$10.00 to $30.00
Recreation Programs with a registration fee greater than $240.00
Nonresidents participating in programs administered by the Scotch Plains Recreation Commission
$30.00 to $60.00
Youth or Adult Sports Program
Nonresidents participating in youth or adult sports programs administered by the Scotch Plains Recreation Commission
$30.00 to $60.00
Allied Association Programs
Nonresidents participating in youth or adult programs administered by any of the allied associations
$30.00 to $60.00
11. 
Advertising Fees. Scotch Plains Recreation welcomes local organizations to advertise in a limited capacity. All advertising, including type and location, must be approved by the Scotch Plains Recreation Department before being placed. Fees for advertising on Scotch Plains recreation facilities are outlined below.
Advertising and Sponsorship Fees
Range
Advertising at Scotch Plains recreation facilities
$25.00 to $2,000.00
[Ord. #74-29; Ord. #79-19; Ord. #98-2, S10]
a. 
For purposes of determining eligibility, all taxpaying property owners, any person either having a residence or a residence under contract or an apartment under lease to be occupied in the current year, or any person not living in Scotch Plains but owning a business building or a residential dwelling, shall be considered to be a resident. Misrepresentation by any applicant in seeking to secure a participation privilege will result in loss of moneys tendered in payment of the participation privilege and termination of all rights as a participation privilege holder.
b. 
Playing conditions and privileges are subject to change, as authorized by the Board of recreation Commissioners.
The rules and regulations for the supervision, regulation and control of the public golf course for the protection of property are as follows:
a. 
Membership.
1. 
Each privilege holder shall receive a participation card with his name and number. Card must be presented each time a privilege holder registers to play. Participation cards are not transferable.
2. 
No persons other than members who shall have registered on blanks furnished by the Board of recreation Commissioners and presented participation cards, police, employees or other representatives of the Board of recreation Commissioners in performance of their duties, shall enter upon the Scotch Hills Country Club and Golf Course.
3. 
No person shall damage any part of the golf links or any other property or equipment of any description thereon. Failure to replace divots shall be considered a violation of this section.
4. 
Persons using the golf links shall obey the directions of all representatives of the Board of recreation Commissioners on said links while in the performance of their duties.
b. 
Rules of play.
1. 
U.S. Golf Association rules govern the play, with the exception of the local rules found on the score cards.
c. 
Starting regulations.
1. 
The course will be open for play, season and weather permitting, as scheduled by the recreation commission.
d. 
Conduct on the course.
1. 
Players shall refrain from using profanity and abusive language on the golf course or in the clubhouse.
2. 
Swinging of clubs on the lawn, walks or tees while waiting to play is a dangerous practice and is prohibited.
3. 
Only players of the match teeing off shall be permitted on the starting tee.
4. 
Spectators will not be permitted to accompany players, except for special tournaments or exhibitions as designated by the management.
The Board of recreation Commissioners will form a committee made up of privilege holders, to estab1lish handicaps and recommendations on greens, promote and organize tournaments, and increase the pleasures to be enjoyed at the golf course.
Any person violating any rules shall, upon conviction, be liable to the penalty established in Chapter 3, section 3-1.
This chapter is adopted pursuant to R. S. 40:61-22.9 to 22.14 and amendments and supplements thereto.
[Ord. No. 68-10]
No person shall maintain, conduct or operate, engage in or carry on the business of maintaining, conducting or operating any miniature, obstacle or Tom Thumb course, or place on which miniature, obstacle or Tom Thumb golf shall be played, for gain, hire or otherwise, in the Township without a license.
A license fee of $75 shall be paid for each such license, upon the issuance thereof, and such license, when granted, shall expire on September 1 next following the date when the license was issued.
Such license may be issued by the Township Clerk, upon the payment to him of such license fee, but only after special resolution of the Township council granting the same, upon written application by the person asking therefor, setting forth the location and description of the premises upon which the business is to be conducted, and the full name and address of each person or corporation interested therein, as owner of the golf course to be licensed; and no license shall be issued or good to any person other than the actual proprietor of the premises and business licensed, but in case of sale or transfer of the business, such license may also be transferred, upon consent thereto by the Township council, upon the payment of a transfer fee of $5.
Any license granted hereunder may be revoked by the Township council, or the municipal judge, upon proof that the golf course so licensed is frequented by boisterous or disorderly persons, or that any gambling, gaming, disorderly conduct or other improper practices are permitted or carried on therein.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall upon conviction, be liable to the penalty established in Chapter 3, section 3-1.
[Ord. No. 13-2010]
The parks and playgrounds are formally open daily to the public from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. For lighted recreational facilities, all lights shall be turned off no later than 10:00 p.m. Under no circumstances, shall any person be present in a park, playground or recreational facility during the hours that the park, playground and recreational facility are closed to the public.