Shorter fence to replace 65-foot golf net in Brielle

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New evergreen trees are being planted between the Manasquan River Golf Club 17th fairway. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE COAST STAR)

BRIELLE — A new, much shorter chain-link fence will go up to replace a 65-foot-tall net barrier that had been constructed illegally along the 17th fairway of the Manasquan River Golf Club to protect an adjacent residential property from errant golf balls.

The borough planning board on Tuesday night granted a variance to homeowner Ronald Dana for the proposed 12-foot-tall fence, which is twice the height of a 6-foot fence allowable under land-use laws. 

In August 2020, a court settlement between the borough, the golf club and Mr. Dana put an end to a year-long dispute over his 130-foot-long net barrier, which has since been torn down. As part of the settlement, the golf club agreed not to object to the proposed 12-foot fence, according to his attorney, C. Keith Henderson.

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Mr. Dana had constructed the 65-foot-tall net barrier along the property line of his 836 Riverview Drive home back in June 2019 to prevent flying golf balls from landing on and damaging his property. He did not consult the planning board before erecting the barrier, and was denied variance relief in October 2019. His appeal of the denial resulted in the mediated court settlement.

The approved fence will be an open-mesh, chain-link fence covered in tennis-court wind fabric, Kim Nuccio, a professional landscape architect retained by Mr. Dana, told the planning board on Tuesday. The new 275-foot-long fence will protect Mr. Dana’s pool, cabana and house, she said.

The 12-foot fence will be completely obscured from view of the golf course by a double row of 21 evergreen trees, Ms. Nuccio said.  The planting of those trees, required under the court settlement, recently began. 

The golf club also is required to reconfigure its 17th fairway, adjacent to Mr. Dana’s property.

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