Pound Ridge Golf Club
Pete Dye is a legendary golf course designer with over a hundred courses around the world including TPC Sawgrass and the vaunted Par 3 17th island green. Even with all that being said, he’s only designed one course in New York, Pound Ridge Golf Club.
Open for just over 10 years, the course has slowed been building its notoriety and popularity as it becomes more publicized and discovered by golf enthusiasts.
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Pound Ridge Golf Club is located about one hour from downtown Manhattan and one hour from LaGuardia International Airport (closest major international airport). The course in located in Pound Ridge, which borders Connecticut. After getting out of Manhattan, the scenery quickly changes to a much more rural venue. If you avoid traffic, the drive can be very easy and peaceful.
Course Views: 9/10
The course features some gorgeous and unique views. I’ll admit the course surprised me when I got there as I wasn’t expecting it to be so vibrant and lush. There are also plenty of rock features that really mix things up adding to the beauty of the course.
Pro Shop: 4/5
The pro shop is on the smaller side of things but still is well kept and offers plenty of fun and exciting gear. No matter if you’re looking to refresh the wardrobe or forgot something at home, the shop has you covered.
Practice Facilities: 10/10
The total surface area of the practice areas may be small, but it’s all you’ll need. There is a driving range behind the clubhouse that has a range of about 200 yards and you hit off mats. There is also a putting area and chipping area near the first tee. Lastly, there are lockers available with showers.
The restaurant directly connects to the pro shop. It is on the smaller side of things but has a full menu with delicious food. There is also a full bar available. The food is reasonably priced as well.
The staff were very warm and welcoming and happy to give out tips before and during the round.
Rentals/Golf Cart: 5/5
Rental clubs include Nike Vapor’s or Titleist AP1’s. Golf carts also include GPS and a cooler.
Fairway Condition: 9/10
The rolling green hills seemed to go on forever at Pound Ridge Golf Club. For early Spring, it was quite a site to see and the greens staff did a phenomenal job getting the course ready to go early on. Fairways were in excellent condition with divots repaired more often than not. There were a couple of soggy spots from heavy rain in the preceding days but I expected those to clear as the summer went on.
Rough Condition: 9/10
The rough early in the Spring was thick and lush. Management had talked about cutting it back to improve pace of play and I can’t argue with that since it was also frequent to lose your ball in a spot you’d normally expect to find it. Even with that being said, the condition of the rough was excellent.
Sand Trap Condition: 9/10
The bunkers were in great shape early in the season. While some were a bit packed and thin, this will likely improve as drainage improves and the spring moves on. Overall, they were fairly consistent and prevalent. They really spiced up the round making for some tricky shots.
Greens Conditions: 4/5
The greens were like finely groomed carpets early in the spring. They had just received a nice trim and boy, were they rolling quick. They were also soft and receptive and this is likely due to rain before I played. Ball marks were also fixed more often than not.
The fringe was also in great shape at Pound Ridge Golf Club. The course has plenty of tight landing areas and beautifully manicured fringe that blends nicely into the green.
Par 3's: 4/5
The Par 3’s at Pound Ridge were fun to say the least. Depending on pin placement, that can be easy and straight forward or some of the hardest holes you’ve played. As you can see with the first picture below, the Par 3 11th can be a tough shot with the pin all the way over on the right protected by bunkers in front and OB on the right.
I was honestly blown away by this course. Pete Dye didn’t cut anyone any slack here and you can tell he had fun planning this course. I’d say this may be one of the best hidden gems in New York with relatively easy access, it’s a must play for locals or visitors to New York.
Final Rating: 89/100
Pound Ridge Golf Club is a course that has more to offer than you’d think. While the facilities aren’t the biggest or brightest, the unique course design from Pete Dye offers a memorable playing experience for those of all skill levels. To top it off, the course is in fantastic shape and is certainly somewhere you need to play.
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