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By BILL LECONEY Ron Jaworski Golf Management operates three


“Signature Courses” in southern New Jersey: RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club, an 18-hole golf course, indoor tennis courts, and pub in West Deptford; Valleybrook Country Club, an 18-hole golf course, driving range, pub and banquet facility in Blackwood; and Running Deer, an 18-hole course, driving range, pub and banquet facility in Pittsgrove. Jaworski led the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance


in 1980 and was the NFL MVP that year. The Medford resident, nicknamed “Jaws”, has also taken a lead role in business and in the community. Besides his successful golf course management company, he spearheads the Jaws Youth Fund, a charitable foundation that partners with the United Way of Camden County to help area children. RJM is a progressive, full-service golf management


company that understands growth strategies and aims to increase bottom line profit and reduce overhead. The company adheres to the five tenets of Jaworski’s “Eagle Philosophy”: Enthusiasm; Aggressive; Gentlemen; Leader; Endurance. (The first five letters spell out “Eagle” — we didn’t even need Ron’s virtual telestrator to figure that one out). RiverWinds is a prime example of Jaworski’s rebuilding


campaign. The club had fallen into a state of disrepair before Jaworski Golf Management bought the club and performed a bit of magic, breathing new life into the resort. The 18-hole championship course along with tennis facilities has transformed West Deptford into a recreational destination in the heart of South Jersey. “We feel we have provided a wonderful golf course and


tennis center in the local area, and we help the community by giving preference to the local schools and residents,”


says Jamie Madara, RJM’s director of marketing and sales. RJM was recently


awarded a contract to redevelop the golf course and construct a $2 million clubhouse, which will include locker rooms, a pro shop, cart rentals, food and beverage facilities and functioning rooms with catering. Jaworski’s development partner in the deal, Fieldstone Associates, will build townhomes, condominiums and, eventually, a marina at the RiverWinds site. “Ten years ago, when this was in its infancy, it was an


incredible vision,” Jaworski said at the time the resolution was passed. “A lot of things have happened since then and this project was going south. The mayor and the council have been very aggressive in getting this project started. It started with getting the golf course back in shape and turned around. Then Fieldstone came to the party in a big way. We formed this alliance to move it forward.” There remains a lot of work to be done at RiverWinds.


But the progress so far represents no less than the rebirth of a golf course. The golf itself is already a winner. RiverWinds plays


as short as 5,301 yards and stretches to 7,072 yards. The signature hole is the 129-yard, par-3 17th, with a peninsula green that sticks out in the Delaware River.—





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