POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Pound Ridge Golf Club, the daily-fee Pete Dye design in Westchester County, has moved up to No. 4 in New York in Golfweek's annual ranking of the "Best Courses You Can Play."
Pound Ridge is in elite company alongside PGA TOUR venues and world famous courses including Bethpage Black and Leatherstocking at Cooperstown. Since opening and debuting at No. 11 in 2009, the state's only Dye design has steadily climbed in the rankings as it has matured and resonated with avid golfers.
"Golfweek is a golf course architecture aficionado's magazine, and we have a great deal of respect for its rating system," says Ken Wang, owner of Pound Ridge. "Our course appeals to players who appreciate a modern layout with multiple strategic playing options."
Pound Ridge is quintessential Dye, exhibiting all the qualities for which he's so renowned: dramatic, beautiful, rhythmic, challenging, deceptive and subtle. The front nine opens with a decidedly playable 451-yard par 4 with a green complex set against a rock-lined water feature.
Starting with the par-4 second - an uphill brute with the narrowest landing area on the course - Pound Ridge quickly morphs into a strategic blend of challenging driving holes and intriguing risk/reward approach shots. The back nine takes golfers deep into a serene setting for "core" golf - totally devoid of housing and distractions.
For more information, tee times and rates: 914.764.5771, www.poundridgegolf.com.
About Pound Ridge Golf Club
Opened in 2008, Pound Ridge Golf Club is the only course in New York designed by the legendary Pete Dye. Located in Westchester County, it is just under an hour north of New York City and less than 15 minutes from Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut. Pound Ridge is the premier high-end, public course in the metropolitan New York area.
Crafted by Dye, his son Perry and long-time Dye construction manager/lead shaper Michael Langkau, Pound Ridge is a full bentgrass facility, hewn from 172 acres of magnificent cliffs, streams and wooded hills.
Dramatic rock formations and boulders were left onsite, creating one of the most visually stunning settings for golf in the U.S. More than 14,000-linear-feet of rock wall frames the site's thick strands of hardwoods, wetlands and rolling terrain. Contoured fairways wind through forests, and fescue mounds lead to open meadows with picturesque green complexes.
Pound Ridge plays to a par-72, has five sets of tees and measures 7,165 yards. It boasts a practice range, short game area and putting green. The property is home to many of the highest points in Westchester County, with a number of tee boxes offering expansive vistas of the surrounding countryside.
Notable holes include the par-5, 13th - home to "Pete's Rock," a giant boulder that rests in the middle of the fairway - and the par-3 15th - dubbed "Headstone" -flanked on the right by a large rock outcropping that protrudes into the elongated, 9,000-square-foot green.
Recent accolades for Pound Ridge Include:
• "Best in State, No. 4, 2014" - Golfweek
• "No. 1 U.S. Open Worthy Public Course, 2012" - GOLF Magazine
• "Best Courses Near Your, No. 6, 2012" - GOLF Magazine
• "No. 1 New York City Area Golf Course, 2010" - AskMen.com
• "America's Best New Courses, 2009" - Golf Digest
• "New Golf Development of the Year, 2009" - ABTA Golf
• "Top Ten You Can Play, No. 2, 2008" - GOLF Magazine
• "Best New Courses, 2008" - LINKS Magazine
• "America's Best New Courses, 2008" - Golfweek