Crafted by Dye, his son Perry and long-time Dye construction manager/lead shaper Michael Langkau, Pound Ridge Golf Club is a unique and thoroughly modern design in an area previously known for its traditional golf courses. A full bentgrass facility, it is hewn from 172 acres of magnificent cliffs, streams and wooded hills in Westchester County. Dramatic rock formations have been left onsite, creating one of the most visually stunning settings for golf in the U.S. with more than 14,000-linear-feet of rock wall surrounding trees, wetlands and water hazards.
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 and if you miss right the approach shot is intimidating. The hole 3 gives you options off the tee. You can hit a ling iron for position or bust driver to have a shorter approach. The green is well guarded with bunkers all around. Be careful when aiming.
The hole 5 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. The Hole 7 is a Par 5 of 480 yards. 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. The green is large with plenty of slope. Their are also some tightly mown runoff areas.
The hole 10th plays considerably downhill and the approach also plays downhill and features danger left. The Hole 12 – 337 yards – Par 4 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.
The Hole 15 – 144 yards (Par 3) is the signature hole at Pound Ridge Golf Club. The rock outcropping is unique and the tee shot is all carry to a narrow green. All around, this is a cool one-shotter.
Finally the closing hole. Well, Dye is not going to end on a whimper. This hole requires a good tee shot to a raised fairway. And the approach has a hazard and bunker to the left. Any misses will need to be short or right.