Freeway Golf Course, One of few African American-Managed Facilities, Has Closed

Freeway Golf Course, in Sicklerville, N.J. is closed and the land is up for sale at $2.4 million. At least one developer is interested in turning the site into homes, according to African American Golfer’s Digest, which lists the layout as the fist African American-owned golf facility in the United States.head_pic10f-1

Freeway has been owned and operated by the Greater Philadelphia Golf and Country Club and headed by President Paulette Copeland-Bolton. There are more than 300 shareholders. African American Golfer’s Digest names 13 African American-owned, operated and/or managed courses in the U.S.

“We here in the local community are trying really hard to keep it as a golf course,” said Keller William Realty, Broker/Manager Jerry McCarthy who lives in the area told the publication.  “We hope that somebody who does not know about the course being for sale will step-up and take interest in buying it.”

According to the article, McCarty has received five offers on the property, with some buyers seeking financing, grants, and other means to acquire it.

Since opening in 1967, a number of famous African Americans have played the course, including  Jim Dent, Lee Elder, Calvin Peete, Charlie Sifford and Jim Thorpe according to the club’s website. Freeway also has a direct link to the PGA Tour. The inaugural Sammy Davis Jr. Open was held there, which later became the PGA Tour’s Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open. The layout is Horace Smith design 6,536-yards.

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