Architect Tom Fazio crafted the 200-acre heavily wooded, gently sloping bayside property into a private, 18-hole club dedicated to the serious golfer. Fazio designed tees with breathtaking views, challenging hazards and challenging green complexes.
The club’s inspiration grew from regular visits in the 1980s to nearby Seaview Country Club outside of Atlantic City by Commerce Bank CEO Vernon Hill from his home in Cherry Hill, N.J. On one particular Saturday round, the course was so bustling with golfers that it took five-plus hours to play a round. Frustrated, Hill joined partner John Silvestri in seeking out property in the Atlantic City region to create a golf club.
Hill and Silvestri visited some 80 courses throughout the world and consulted with various people in the golf business to find an architect. They ultimately selected Fazio and the product was a course good enough to be featured among the best new courses for 1994 by Golf Digest magazine.
The golf course was created on rolling topography with sandy soils that are ideal for drainage. The elevation changes – both natural and designed – are particularly evident on the inward nine.
The USGA Men’s State Team Championship will be the first USGA championship conducted at the club. Galloway National did host sectional qualifying for the 2003 USGA Senior Amateur and 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur, and local qualifying for the 2010 U.S. Open. It also was the host site for the New Jersey State Golf Association’s Mid-Amateur Championship in 2002, 2006, 2010, and again this May. And hosted the Ivy League Championships in 2007, 2008, 2011, and also this April.
Director of Golf Mike Killian also is no stranger to USGA competitions, having finished tied for seventh at the 1972 U.S. Amateur – the last conducted at stroke play – and representing the USA for the 1973 Walker Cup Match. Killian qualified for four U.S. Amateurs, one U.S. Junior Amateur and one U.S. Open.