GRADE “A” ARCHITECTURE
Pound Ridge Golf Club
Pound Ridge, New York
15th Hole / 174 Yards / Par-3
Architect: Pete and Perry Dye (2008)
by Matt Ward
Pete Dye’s first and only design in The Empire State is Pound Ridge Golf Club — a creation he did in collaboration with his son Perry.
The Westchester County located club is situated on 172 acres of rolling terrain and featured a price tag estimated at $40 million. The routing takes golfers on a rollicking adventure as you play through a myriad of engaging holes.
The 15th features an 11,000 square foot green but it’s anything but elementary. The green is located over wetlands that hug the putting surface like a youngster grasping his Mom’s leg on the first day of school.
The green is extremely long — upwards of 50 yards. When standing on the tee the effective available landing area looks quite daunting and that is part of Dye’s brilliance – getting into golfer’s heads and making them squirm.
he green is bracketed in the rear by a massively exposed rock outcropping. It’s not uncommon for golfers to overshoot the green because of a fear of the wetlands and then ricochet off the rocks – sometimes back onto the green and other times into oblivion.
The placement of the flagstick presents an array of knee-shaking possibilities. When the pin is placed in the extreme left corner it takes the finest of plays to nestle somewhere near the hole.
Dye wisely added a series of other tee boxes which can make the hole play shorter and there is an extreme forward tee that provides for a direct play to the green without the forced carry over the wetlands.
When you reach the 15th tee you must conquer one’s nerves and execute with utter precision.
Birdies are possible — so too is double and triple bogeys. Walk away with par and you clearly have a memory to savor.
The 15th is indeed Dye-abolical.