Private clubs in central NJ/Princeton area?
I've been in search of a private club within a half hour drive of the Princeton, NJ area/northern Mercer county.
I've got a family of four - two middle school age boys, my wife and me - and we all like to play fairly frequently, even if we don't always play 18. Public options at weekend rates end up being rather costly for four (a weekend round for four at a public near me can cost $200 - $300 or more), especially considering my wife and younger son often like to peel off after 9 holes and we'd still have to pay the rate for a full 18. We'd also probably join a pool if we didn't have access at a club, and that's an additional expense.
The public courses near us tend to be crowded, and that is not great for family golf, which can be slower at times as the kids learn. Besides, we like the additional amenities that a private club has to offer, such as a pool, clubhouse, practice facilities, etc. I've also found golf at private clubs to be more laid back and friendly, whereas public courses can be stressful - especially with kids. It is nice to stop by during the week for a little practice and a couple holes when time allows. Private clubs also offer ancillary benefits like networking, social events, junior programs for the kids, etc.
The clubs I've looked into tend to be around $1,000 per month, not counting any initiation fees (I don't know about Bedens Brook). I'd love to find something a little more budget friendly. Would prefer to be local enough (30-40 minute drive at most), and laid back/family friendly. Any insight on clubs in the area would be great - Trenton, Bedens Brook, Cobblestone, Copper Hill, Cherry Valley - as well as others not mentioned. I've seen similar requests in this forum, but none for this particular area.