This Just In: The Linwood Country Club Under New Ownership

The Dougherty brothers, Atlantic City restaurateurs, to revamp the private club.

The owners of two of New Jersey’s most iconic and beloved restaurants, Dock’s Oyster House and the Knife & Fork Inn in Atlantic City, are in the final stages of purchasing the Linwood Country Club.

Brothers Frank and Joe Dougherty, fourth-generation owners of Dock’s and Knife & Fork, as well as Harry’s Oyster Bar, located nearby in Bally’s casino and hotel, are purchasing the 97-year-old country club owned by its membership, according to David Gardner, president of the club’s board of directors.

“The goal of the board of directors has always been to elevate Linwood County Club to be the most spectacular golf club and event facility in the area,” Gardner said.

The Doughertys are the leaders of a small group of investors who are purchasing the club and planning improvements to the grounds and clubhouse. The group intends to keep the course private but will likely change the membership structure to attract new golf and social members.

“Linwood Country Club has the potential to be the premier private golf club in the area,” said Frank Dougherty, who is an avid golfer. “The club already offers a first-rate golf course. …Real opportunity for change, however, exists within the food and beverage program, which is our specialty.”

The country club was founded in 1920. Dock’s opened in 1897, with the Knife & Fork—named 2017’s Garden State Culinary Legend by the Garden State Culinary Arts Awards—first opening its doors in 1912.

Along with revamping the club’s food and beverage options, the Doughtery brothers plan to renovate the banquet room, create a bridal suite and add a bar to the outdoor patio.

The sale is expected to be completed before the end of the year. The country club is located at 500 Shore Road in Linwood.

 

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