Pound Ridge Golf Club – Played 2014
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 18 High Ridge Road, Pound Ridge, New York
- Year: 2008
- Architect: Pete & Perry Dye
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 7,165 yards, Par 72, 76.1 Rating/146 Slope
- Oak: 6,773 yards, Par 72, 73.8 Rating/142 Slope
- Granite: 6,261 yards, Par 72, 70.4 Rating/140 Slope
- Sand: 5,653 yards, Par 72, 67.6 Rating/128 Slope
- Pine: 5,151 yards, Par 73, 64.5 Rating/112 Slope
I was in the New York City area for one of my college roommate’s wedding. I figured the best way to spend some time before the event would be to play some golf. I had Bethpage lined up for the day after the wedding so I did some researching on where else to play. I had seen a write up on Pound Ridge in Golf Magazine and Ashley Mayo’s Instagram. I liked what I saw. I played the course with my new buddy Danilo of NY/NJ Golf on Tumblr (publicbirdies on Instagram) and a friend of his. Danilo and I had conversed before my trip and were looking forward to teeing it up.
The course is about 35-40 miles from where I was staying in the city. I thought it was funny that I crossed into Connecticut and back into New York before I got there. I definitely thought the GPS was leading me astray. Per the website, the course features some of the highest points in the region providing some great views. In addition, the course has stay and play deals with many hotels in the city. Being a Pete Dye course, I knew I would be in for a tough day. There were plenty of teeing options though, a trademark of Alice Dye, that were marked by suggested handicap ranges. We decided to play the Granite tees and all distances are from those markers.
Hole 1 – 380 yards – Par 4
The course starts off with a medium length par four. I nice fade up the middle works well.
The second is a more stout hole. It plays a little uphill and fits either a fade or draw.
This hole gives you options off the tee. You can hit a ling iron for position or bust driver to have a shorter approach.
This is a good little hole. There is danger right and a smallish green. It is best to block out the bunkers and focus on the flag.
This is a great strategy hole. It is definitely reachable, but it favors a draw. Faders may want to lay up to their favorite wedge distance.
It was windy the day we played, which made this hole pretty difficult. Also, the narrow, raised green doesn’t help make it any easier. The best miss here would be short of the green.
This is a beautiful hole with the stone-walled hazard. A good drive can get you home in two so just pipe one down the middle.
This is a solid hole. Not everyone will need driver, but there is plenty of room out there if you want to hit it.
This seemed like a tough driving hole to me. The further you hit it the more pinched the landing area became. I just hit something 200-220 yards off the tee since I knew I probably couldn’t get home in two anyway.
This hole plays considerably downhill. We didn’t realize how much as I accidentally hit into the group in front of us. I had no idea the ball would carry as far as it did. Everything was ok after some apologetic waves. You will also see some of the raised bunkers that I have seen in write-ups of the Dye Course at French Lick.
This hole requires a well struck mid or long iron. The green is very wide, so take note of the hole location.
This is a fun, short hole. The sensible play is to hit something out there 200 yards or so and have a short iron into the hole. That is what I was trying, but tugged the shot a bit.
I thought this hole was a bit quirky, but not in a good way. None of us had played the course before so we were a little confused on what exactly we needed to hit.
This hole gives you a big landing area and encourages you to hit the big stick. The carry can give you some worry, but a well struck shot will be fine.
I would say this is the signature hole at Pound Ridge. The rock outcropping is unique and the tee shot is all carry to a narrow green. All around, this is a cool one-shotter.
This hole is reachable depending on the winds. Lace a draw out there.
This tee shot is framed by the trees on each side. A solid drive is necessary here to set up a nice approach shot. Any shot too far offline will run the risk of some tree trouble.
Well, Dye is not going to end on a whimper. This hole requires a good tee shot to a raised fairway. As you can see, you do not want to miss left.
Pound Ridge was a fun golf course! I would definitely say that, like many courses, it would help to play it a few times. For a public course, it was in great shape and offers a lot of challenge. If you find yourself in the area or live in the city, I would suggest checking it out. Make sure to account for traffic, however! I missed the wedding because the 30 minute ride to the course took four hours back. Luckily, my buddy was cool and we got to celebrate with them at the reception. Good thing I wasn’t a groomsman!!!