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This course has a special significance for me as it was the place where I broke 80 for the first time.

The Club house from the 18th Fairway.

The Club house from the 18th Fairway.

I was playing with Peter D, who was a Member there at the time, Steve O'B and Jeff S. I was talked into some shots by the really good caddie I had, and played out a very nervous last 4 holes as I recall, to achieve a 77. Amazing. I was so excited, I broke 80 several times after that and immediately went out and bought blade irons. My scores were terrible after that. 

Some people like to denigrate the course as it's a "CEO" course (true), but it's still a good golf course. The greens are a test. It's so quiet, because it's really a trophy club for CEO's collecting "clubs". I am ok with that by the way as I am a Member at 4 and would really like to be a member of 14.

Here's a link to the admittedly slim Club's website:


This is taken in part from a notice for hire of a general manager at the Club: The Blind Brook Club is a very private, elite member-owned golf club located 20 miles outside of New York City in the affluent Westchester County of New York. Founded in 1915 by William Hamlin Childs, the Club stems from another famous golf club of exactly the same type, the exclusive Old Elm Club in Chicago. Today, the Club maintains its rich history of honoring family and entertaining guests for its nearly 300 members, many of whom are CEOs and executives of Fortune 500 Companies. Club features include challenging golf, refined elegance, fine cuisine, and impeccable service in a private club setting for personal and professional use.

The par 71 championship Seth Raynor designed 18-hole golf course measures 6,411 yards and hosts approximately 5,000 rounds annually. The 23,000 square foot clubhouse features dining outlets for a la carte service and events and includes: the Main Dining room (up to 43 guests), the Grill Room (up to 52 guests), the Eisenhower Room (up to 90 guests), an outside terrace (up to 80 guests) and the McGillicuddy Room & Bar. There are also nine overnight guest rooms. The Club’s operating months are April through October. 

Check that out: 5,000 rounds per annum for a piece of prime real estate 30 minutes from Manhattan!

I was fortunate enough to be invited in September 2017 to play by Peter M, a spritely 83 year old and highly successful real estate business owner in Manhattan. I joined his playing partner Joe G, a youthful 92 year old - he shot 91. And a new golfing friend, Arnie A. A great golfer who had been heavily involved in senior management roles at some very well known US telecoms companies. A great day, some fun times on the course and a nice lunch to follow. I never had corned beef hash with a poached egg on top before. The course was jammed. There must have been atleast another 8 golfers ...

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