Golf/Golf Architecture

Somerset Hills Awaits the Ike

Early this spring, I had the good fortune to visit Somerset Hills Country Club to preview the Ike Stroke Play Championship for the Met Golfer.  Though it was a raw, wet day (as this photo of the Redan might suggest), I had a great time learning about how the club partnered with Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf to rejuvenate their golf course while steadfastly maintaining its historic Tillinghast character.

Somerset Hills is one of the truly special courses of the Met section. It has plenty of teeth for championship play but, more importantly, it’s navigable by the average golfer. Strategic width makes it an enjoyable driving course, while seventeen intact Tilly greens (and he was in an experimental mood here) provide a wonderful mix of both bold and subtle features. The design continually encourages creative approach play, and Renaissance’s Brian Slawnik and superintendent Ryan Tuxhorn have worked diligently to bring this aspect to the fore.

Jump on over to the MGA’s site for the story–here’s the link.


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