Innovative, challenging and even maddening are words commonly associated with Pete Dye-designed golf courses. His architectural flair is so pronounced, golfers need only a quick glimpse to know the World Golf Hall of Famer masterminded the creation they’re about to play.
Some of Dye’s famous venues such as The Straits Course at Whistling Straits, Harbour Town Golf Links at The Sea Pines Resort and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort are firmly etched in the minds of golfers around the world.
Pound Ridge Golf Club (right here in Westchester County) is proud to be the only Pete Dye course in New York State. Opened in 2008, it encompasses all of the special elements of a Dye course. Below are four key features to look out for when playing a course created by the design visionary.
1. Natural Beauty
Pound Ridge is built on land that was filled with rocks, boulders and thick strands of hardwoods. Dye incorporates the natural assets of the land to achieve a routing and layout that flows rhythmically. Throughout Pound Ridge the golfer is treated to breathtaking views of both the New York and Connecticut countryside, forests and stunning rock formations.
2. Befuddling Bunkers
Deep, plentiful and strategically placed bunkers are a staple on a Dye course. Although they appear perplexing, many are primarily used as an optical illusion rather than posing a real hazard to play. Pound Ridge is freckled with bunkers that give the course definition and that signature Pete Dye look.
3. Alice’s Touch
No Pete Dye course is ready to go without input from his wife Alice, the mastermind behind TPC Sawgrass’ famous and terrifying 17th hole, the Island Green. Alice was a U.S. Amateur champion, whose involvement in the design process always ensures that Pete’s courses are particularly fair and enjoyable for women golfers to play. Alice is an advocate for providing teeing options for people of all handicaps and her input is evident at Pound Ridge as golfers can choose from five different sets of tees.
4. Risk-Reward Shots
Unlike some courses where golfers can just aim and fire, Dye’s courses are designed to stop and make you think. Elements such as blind shots are incorporated into play at Pound Ridge to appear intimidating, yet Dye’s intent is to challenge the golfer to approach the game from a different perspective. If one looks at the course from the view of the architect, they will see that success on the course is achieved through taking risks. Sometimes playing towards the hazards will result in a little reward from Dye with an easier path.
Although Pete Dye’s courses are challenging and fraught with danger, they are designed to bring out the best golfer in each person that dares to take a swing. Book a tee time at Pound Ridge Golf Club today and find the best golfer in yourself: http://www.poundridgegolf.com/booking.