A decade of swing

The 11th hole of Pound Ridge Golf Club is a classic par 3 with a scenic backdrop. Photo courtesy Pound Ridge Golf Club.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Pound Ridge Golf Club combines the tony setting of a private course with the accessibility of the public course it is.

The 172-acre site contains a par-72 course designed by World Golf Hall of Fame designer Pete Dye, mixing the classic (the 11th hole) with the dramatic (the 13th hole, which features a boulder known as Pete’s Rock.)

“When we first met with Pete Dye before the course was built, our goal was for him to create something truly special for the public player in Westchester County as well as the New York City metro area,” Kenneth Wang, owner of the club, says in a statement. “That vision has certainly come to fruition.” 

Wang — a venture merchant who is president of U.S. Summit Co. and brother of fashion designer Vera — was introduced to the game by his father, Summit’s founder.

“I mishit my first golf ball at a driving range that used to exist on Route 3 in New Jersey,” Kenneth Wang told Cameron Chung of sportsagentblog.com in 2015. “The Meadowlands Sports Complex is there now. My father took me. I was about 8 years old. He thought I had talent. He was incorrect.” 

“We bought the predecessor golf course in 1980, all 9 and a half  holes of it. It had been a full 18 but a local developer had cut it in half to build housing. We bought the rest with no greater motive than liking real estate and golf. Years later, we asked Pete Dye to restore it to 18 holes, tore out the old course and built the new one.”

You can play the course for $150 a day Mondays through Thursdays or $230 a day Fridays through Sundays or holidays. Or you can buy a debit card for $3,000 that’s good through 2019 and gives you 10 percent off on the daily fee.

The club’s amenities include a pro shop and an eatery. But the real selling point is the beauty of the course.

As Wang adds, “We look forward to the next 10 years of providing unique and thrilling rounds of golf few courses can match.”

For more, visit poundridgegolf.com.

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