Essex Golf Center is the Epicenter of Golf in New Jersey


We offer guests great facilities, friendly staff, premier instruction and unmatched technology at reasonable prices. There is something for the whole family, and we know you’ll leave smiling.

Driving Range & Mini Golf


Essex Golf Center, located just several miles from New York City, is a 48-stall heated driving range featuring a variety of targets that is open year-round and includes a practice putting green, short-game area, indoor teaching bays, and a full miniature golf course. Whether looking for a place to hit a bucket of balls after work, a fun family night out, or a place to host your next event, Essex Golf is your ideal destination. Beginners to serious golfers, and those just looking to get outside and have some fun, you’ll be happy here

Pro Instruction


Essex Golf Center is home to the New Jersey Golf Academy. Led by his staff of highly qualified PGA teaching professionals, we offer a wide range of golf services that include individual golf lessons, group instruction and clinics, junior golf programs, corporate events, club fitting, and golf-specific fitness, among others.

Golfers at the New Jersey Golf Academy have an opportunity to improve in all aspects of their game both indoors and outdoors in a tour pro environment. Our state-of-the-art technology includes devices such as Trackman, Flight Scope, Sam PuttLab, and K-Vest, allowing students to experience what has previously only been available to the best players in the world.

The staff of highly qualified teaching professionals have designed unique programs tailored to fit the needs of all ages and levels of golfers. Please call us at your convenience or stop by our location to speak to one of our trained professionals and learn more about the programs that we have to offer.

PGA Teaching Professional

Sam Kang is a graduate of the Campbell University Professional Golf Management Program with a degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration. He has been a Class A PGA member since 2004. Previously, Sam was based at Fiddler’s Elbow CC and Farmstead G & CC before joining New Jersey Golf Academy full time.

Sam is one of the top players in the New Jersey section. He has competed in many events and has won multiple majors, including the 2011 NJPGA Section Championship, the 2012 NJPGA Fall Finale, and numerous NJPGA Assistant events. Sam was the NJPGA Assistant Player of the year four years in a row from 2010-2013.

Sam has experience teaching golfers of all ages and skill levels. He is a Level 1 K-vest Certified Professional and utilizes TrackMan and SAM Putt Lab technology. Sam speaks fluent Korean.

Hourly lesson rate: $120

Sam Kang
PGA Head Teaching Professiona

PGA Teaching Professional

In 1995 Kieran McCarthy began his path as a PGA Golf Professional by enrolling into the PGA of America where he earned his membership in 2001. Kieran has worked at a variety of golf clubs in the Metropolitan PGA section, including Knollwood CC and Brooklawn CC, with a strong focus on teaching beginner and junior golfers.

After 12 years in the New York area Kieran worked in New Jersey at Blue Heron Pines, Echo Lake CC, and the Bill Britton Golf Academy. At this point his teaching expanded to inclide corporate clinics and to teaching a broad spectrum of skilled golfers.

Throughout Kieran’s career as a PGA professional he has taken lessons and learned from some of the best instructors in the world, including Brad Redding, Mike Bender, Todd Sones, Stan Utley, Jerry Tucker, Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer.

Kieran believes that with the proper attention paid to the short game, golfers of all abilities will shoot lower scores.

Hourly lesson rate: $90

Kieran McCarthy
PGA Teaching Professional

Our director of training

In the past twenty years, fitness has been pushed to the forefront of the golfing world. The so-called “Tiger Effect” brought golf into the 21st century, with serious competitive golfers recognizing the importance of physical fitness. Golf fitness is crucial to maximizing distance, maintaining stability and stamina, and avoiding injuries.

The golf fitness program at the NJGA will help your golf game, in addition to your overall physical health. Our experienced trainers are TPI-certified, and will lead you through a comprehensive program to elevate your fitness. Our training facility offers everything you need to improve your game.

PGA Teaching Professional

My Skills