Teeing Up the 2018 Red Hoffman Cup Matches

During the 2018 Red Hoffman Cup more than 400 top amateur and professional golfers from 32 area clubs will compete in 100 matches.

Starting in April, these matches will eventually identify the four Hoffman Cup clubs that will lock horns in the event Finals at iconic Plainfield CC on May 12.  The club standing at the end of that day will be 2018’s Hoffman Cup champion; that is, the strongest cadre of players at one club in northern New Jersey.  

At this point, several clubs have the right to think they could be hoisting the Cup next May:

But, the truth is, parity reigns in the Hoffman Cup.  Several more clubs will treat these "elite" teams like tackling dummies if given half a chance. Like 2017’s Morris County GC and Navesink CC, 2018's giant-killers will lay in the fescue, ready to ambush clubs that aren’t playing their best.

Our Thanks to Plainfield

Plainfield, one of the most storied clubs in the country, will be our host for the 2018 Red Hoffman Cup Finals.  An early member of the competition (2006), Plainfield’s influence is obvious. Its then-captain Bob Corbett, suggested that we name our new event after Red Hoffman, New Jersey's golf writer laureate and member of their club, who had just died. We did so, and good karma has graced us ever since.

Almost immediately upon joining, the hospitality of Plainfield’s members and staff to its Hoffman Cup visitors raised the bar for all of us, and has so much to do with the high regard the Hoffman Cup enjoys today.

And, of course, the quality of Plainfield's Donald Ross emerald is fully evident to the golfing world every time it hosts the Barclays, a major USGA event, and even the new team event led by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player this fall, the Junior Presidents Cup.

Thank you, Plainfield, for including us in the mix!


The 2018 Red Hoffman Cup Calendar

Groups Announced

Intragroup Matches



When: Thursday, March 1

When: Sat, Apr 21; Sun, Apr 22; Sat, Apr 28

When: Saturday, May 5th

When: Saturday, May 12th

Who: Your club vs. the other three clubs in your Group

Who: Each of the eight Group winners

Who: The four semifinalist match winners

Where: Each day, two matches at home, two matches away

Where: Two matches home, two away; same as Intragroup Matches

Where: Plainfield Country Club

Format: Two-man better ball, match play, Nassau point system.

Format: Winner of Group A plays winner of Group H, B vs. G, C vs. F, and D vs. E; same format / scoring as Intragroup Matches. Sudden death tie breaker.

Format: For each club, four two-man teams; better ball, medal play; all four scores count. Sudden death tie breaker.



By The Numbers

2 -- Years (2016 and 2017) that Morris County Golf Club has led all teams in donations to the First Tee.

4 (of 4 possible) -- The number of 18-hole Hoffman Cup clubs that were 2017 Finalists.

14.5 -- The whopping difference between Navesink Country Club's 2016 point total (6.0) and its 2017 total (20.5); 2017's Most Improved Team!

24.9 -- The average number of points by intragroup winners since 2005.  That is 8.3 out of 12 possible points per match.

32.5 -- The total number of points in intragroup play (out of 36) won by Arcola CC in 2017, a new Hoffman Cup record.

60 -- The number of years Arthur K. "Red" Hoffman, long-time dean of New Jersey golf writers, covered New Jersey golf.

218 -- Arcola's winning score in 2017, the highest since Montclair GC's 220 in the 2009 Hoffman Cup Finals at Essex County CC

$102,000 -- In its first six years (2012-17), 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.

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