Pound Ridge Golf Club, a Golf Escape to the City that Never Sleeps
Pound Ridge Golf Club – The intrinsic connection between South Florida and New York gets into full swing later this spring and summer, as snowbirds make their way back to Westchester County, Long Island and the Hamptons. There’s no need, however, to check world-class golf at the door on the way out of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca and the Palm Beaches. The Empire State is one of the most golf-rich states in the U.S., as it is home to many of the most storied venues in the country. A new golf narrative is being written just north of the city, however, as the Pete Dye designed Pound Ridge Golf Club has emerged as one of the great modern layouts in the Northeast. Dye is known as the “mad scientist” behind golf cathedrals such as TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, Harbour Town Golf Links, Whistling Straits, and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
But until 2008, Dye didn’t have a single layout in New York. That changed when Ken Wang, a M.I.T. graduate and brother of fashion designer Vera, commissioned Dye to create Pound Ridge Golf Club an hour north of Manhattan in Westchester County. Wang specifically sought out Dye, comparing his courses to “standing in the middle of a giant math problem conjured up by a master of geometry.” Dye didn’t disappoint, transforming 172 acres of craggy cliffs, streams and wooded hills into one of the most visually stunning golf experiences in the U.S. Playing 7,165 yards from the back tees, with a par of 72 and a slope of 146, Pound Ridge is a true “player’s course.”
Since opening, Pound Ridge has garnered enough accolades to pack Yankee Stadium. Golf Magazine recently named it the No. 1 “U.S. Open-Worthy Public Course,” and Golfweek named it one of the top courses in New York Golf pilgrims from South Florida have taken notice, according to course officials who track golfer origins. A Pound Ridge, NYC adventure has become a favorite of Dye disciples hoping to solve his lone Empire State puzzle.
For those who prefer not to bring their clubs, Pound Ridge rents current generation, high end clubs and shoes More information and tee times: www.poundridgegolfclub.com, 914-764-5771.
WHERE TO STAY
Delamar Greenwich Harbor www.thedelamar.com
Located 25 minutes from Pound Ridge, the Delamar Greenwich Harbor is one of the most elegant boutique hotels in the region. The hotel offers its discerning guests 82 Deluxe Rooms and Suites, all designed to evoke an ambiance of old world charm.
Pound Ridge has teamed up with the Delamar for a stay-and-play package starting at $550 per person. The package includes a Friday or Saturday night stay at the hotel and one round of golf. Guests also receive a $20 food and beverage credit, 10% off golf merchandise, breakfast, a bottle of champagne, and a private wine and cheese reception.
Stamford Marriott www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/stfct-stamford-marriott-hotel-and-spa
Located 15 minutes from Pound Ridge, the Stamford Marriott embodies an exceptional mix of New York energy and New England charm, while providing a memorable hotel experience for business, leisure, meeting and celebration needs.
WHERE TO EAT
Meeting House Food and Spirits www.meetinghouserestaurant.com
Located in the heart of historic Bedford Village, Meeting House Food and Spirits offers a variety of contemporary American dishes. A hip restaurant and bar, this is the perfect place for an evening out.
North Star Restaurant www.northstarny.com/New%20Site/p01%20Home.htm
Conveniently situated in the town of Pound Ridge, North Star offers upscale American cuisine in a relaxed and casual
atmosphere. The chef uses only the freshest local organic ingredients sourced from the finest organic farms in the NY area.
Southport Brewing Company www.southportbrewing.com
A Stamford, Connecticut staple since 1997, SBC is home to 27 home-brews and serves brunch, lunch and dinner. An ideal spot for thirsty golfers to flock to after a long day on the links.
The City that Never Sleeps
The only thing that may be more appealing than the golf itself is Pound Ridge’s proximity to New York City. Roughly an hour after standing in the lobby of their hotel, golfers can find themselves on the first tee at Pound Ridge. Pound Ridge’s location also allows golfers to take advantage of the dining, shopping and sightseeing that New York City has to offer. Whether Pound Ridge augments a New York City vacation or vice versa, golfers will have no problem occupying their time when they’re not on the course.
Pound Ridge images courtesy Jim Krajicek