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The Ridge at Back Brook
Ringoes, New Jersey
Square Footage: 20,000


A striking centerpiece of one of New Jersey's highest-rated golf courses — and number eight best private clubhouse in the country — The Ridge at Back Brook's clubhouse employs a rustic theme, borrowing from such regional influences as American Craftsman and Adirondack styles. Sited only after the Tom Fazio-designed golf course was fit into the idyllic northeastern setting, Tom Hoch crafted an interior for The Ridge at Back Brook that is compatible with its natural environment and augments the panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside and fantastic views of four greens and two tee boxes.

Owner Joel Moore approached Tom Hoch in 2003 with the idea of building a club where all members could have access to great amenities, knowledgeable professionals, and overall, a level of comfort that they couldn't find anywhere else.Careful research had shown decided differences in the behaviors and needs of both make and female golf or country club members in the area, and Moore wanted a clubhouse that could address and overcome the challenges revealed by that research.

Offering a completely turn-key solution unique to the industry, from pre-design consulting, design and space planning, to build-out and installation of all fixtures, furniture, architectural wood work and cabinetry, Tom Hoch completed the clubhouse within time frames and budget constraints. Using an award-winning revenue-based design approach, Tom Hoch designed and executed a carefully crafted interior space plan that allowed for a delightfully concentrated selection of amenities offerings. It was this overall plan that aided in The Ridge at Back Brook to be voted as the No. 3 best private clubhouse/locker room in the 2010 edition of Golf World's "Readers' Choice Awards."

Both pine and hickory were used to align the interior ambiance with the exterior appearance. Stripped pine logs, used on the exterior, were also used in the interior design, helping to cement the warm, organic environment that Moore and Tom Hoch had envisioned. Because of such precise attention to detail, members and guests continue to enjoy this beautifully-cast, Western lodge-style interior even today, while Tom Hoch continues to further support a healthy relationship with The Ridge at Back Brook.