Golf News for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | Courses

New York's Pound Ridge officially opens for 2014 golf season

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Pound Ridge Golf Club is now open for the 2014 season, and golfers can book online at or by calling the golf shop at 914.764.5771.

Recently ranked No. 4 in New York by Golfweek, Pound Ridge is the only Pete Dye design in the state. Eminently accessible, the awarding-winning daily fee course is under an hour from New York City and under a half-hour from White Plains, Greenwich, Stamford and Norwalk (Conn.).

The restaurant is selling snacks, soda and beer and will transition to full-service in the coming weeks. Players will also enjoy an expanded clubhouse later this spring, including a refreshed interior and men's and women's showers with small locker rooms.

"It has been a difficult and cold winter in the Northeast and golfers are rejoicing with the arrival of the season," says Pound Ridge General Manager Todd Leavenworth. "The course is in great shape and the clubhouse enhancements will add a new element to the guest experience"

Pound Ridge houses a practice range, short-game area and putting green. All guests receive a complimentary yardage book for fine-tuning tee shot placement and approaches, bottled water and complimentary range balls. Carts are now equipped with GPS to dead-aim-accurate yardages from any position.

Offseason (through April 27), peak-season (April 28 - November 2), and nine-hole rate information and policies are available at New for 2014, individual season plans are available featuring 10% off greens fees and exclusive access to the entire 2014 tee sheet.

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" -
• "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

Shane Sharp
Buffalo Communications