New Jersey Golf Rich LaBar, Owner LaBar Golf

LaBar Golf featured in NJSGA Golf Magazine Spring 2024 Cover Story

Excerpt  from NJSGA Golf Magazine, Spring 2024. By Rebecca Corzo.


For three decades, Rich LaBar has built a successful golf construction business right here in the Garden State. And he’s only getting started.

Back in the 1990s, Rich LaBar spent his summers working as a general laborer at a new resort emerging in the hills of Sussex County — Crystal Springs. He was a student at Rutgers University at the time, studying economics with the goal of finding a job on Wall Street. His plan changed one day, when Gene Mulvihill, owner and developer of Crystal Springs Resort, approached him and asked him not to go and take a ‘real’ job once he graduated.

Odd, right?

That’s because Mulvihill wanted to offer him a different kind of job after graduation – helping him build Black Bear Golf Club, one of the golf courses on the Crystal Springs property. LaBar agreed.

“Gene was a Wall Street guy – that’s where he made all his money,” LaBar explained. “He just said, ‘Don’t go and work on Wall Street. Stay with me and we’ll have a lot of fun together.’”

It turned out to be one of the best decisions he’d ever make.

Read the full article in NJGSA Golf Magazine Digital.

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