Arcola Country Club has graciously agreed to host the 2017 Red Hoffman Cup Matches, to be held on Saturday, May 13. Now in its thirteenth year, the Hoffman Cup Matches will commence on Saturday, April 22, with second and third matches played on Sunday, April 23 and Saturday, April 29, respectively. Hoffman Cup Semifinal matches will be completed on May 6th.
All 72 of these matches will be played to capture the Red Hoffman Cup, currently held by 2016 champion club, Baltusrol GC.
Our sincere appreciation to goes to the Arcola CC Board of Directors, led by President Mike McLachlan (ACC's first Hoffman Cup captain), Golf Chair Al Costello, current Hoffman Cup Captain Matt Headington, and Head Professional Ryan Fountaine.
As in years past, the 2017 rendition will feature each club placed in one of eight groups of four clubs each. Each group will identify the eight group winners, and they will compete against one other group winner in a Semifinals match. Those four winners will advance to the Finals at Arcola CC.
|What: Intragroup Matches||What: Semifinals||What: Finals|
|When: Sat, Apr 22; Sun, Apr 23; Sat, Apr 29||When: Saturday, May 6||When: Saturday, May 13|
|Who: Your club vs. the other three clubs in your Group||Who: Each of the eight Group winning clubs||Who: The four semifinalist match winners|
|Where: Each day, two matches home, two matches away||Where: Two matches home, two away; same as Intragroup Matches||Where: Arcola Country Club|
|Format: Two-man better ball, match play, Nassau point system||Format: Winning club of Group A plays the winner of Group H, B vs.G, C vs. F, and D vs. E.; same format / scoring as Intragroup Matches||Format: For each club, four two-man teams; better ball, medal play; best three of four scores count|
One of the most historic and revered clubs in New Jersey will be relegated to Hoffman Cup rookie when the competition tees off on April 22. Hollywood Golf Club, in Deal, will become the 32nd Hoffman Cup club, and is expected to be competitive right off the bat.
Founded in 1898, Hollywood boasts a stunning golf course designed by Walter Travis (1918), updated by Rees Jones (1998) and most recently restored by Tom Doak (2014). Its storied past features member Travis, head professional and two-time major winner Craig Wood and a trove of USGA, MGA, NJSGA and NJPGA championships. As if underscoring Hollywood’s relevance to many Hoffman Cup participants, the 2017 Met Open (Hollywood’s third) will be held at the venerable club later this year, August 22-24.
Rob Wolf, one of Hollywood’s premier players, has been responsible for the club’s inclusion in the Hoffman Cup. He socialized the idea with his club leaders, approached us with the obvious Hollywood value proposition, and waited until the time was right.
We’re honored to have Hollywood in our midst!
Hollywood was invited to join the Hoffman Cup after the recent departure of Liberty National Golf Club, which is understandably focused on the 2017 President’s Cup and numerous other important obligations. We certainly thank Liberty National for its three years of participation and trust that its departure is only temporary.
3 -- As of 2016, the number of Hoffman Cup championships won by Baltusrol Golf Club.
-- The Hoffman Cup clubs that have a spot on GolfWorld magazine's 2016 "Best Modern Courses."
9 -- The Hoffman Cup clubs that boast a spot on GolfWorld magazine's 2016 "Best Classic Courses."
15.5 -- The record improvement, year over year, in intragroup points, by Spring Brook CC (2013-14).
24.9 -- The average number of points by intragroup winners since 2005. That is 8.3 out of 12 possible points per match.
60 -- The number of years
Arthur K. "Red" Hoffman, long-time dean of New Jersey
golf writers, covered New Jersey golf.
$80,000 -- In its first five years, the amount generated by our team captains in support of our First Tee Initiative, which donates funds to support New Jersey's four local First Tee chapters.