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Quaker Ridge

Quaker Ridge is a marvelous golf course separated by Griffin Road from another fabulous golf course, Winged Foot. Two fantastic golf clubs in the Westchester area. (Wykagil is just a mile away as well). I have played Quaker a couple of times, and I believe have some reciprocity due to my membership at WFGC.

The website can be found here: https://www.quakerridgegc.org/History.aspx

The address is: 146 Griffen Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583      Tel: 914-725-1100

The golf course is superb. As noted on the club’s website: The par-70, 7,008-yard A. W. Tillinghast design – often called "Tillie's Treasure"­ – is frequently mentioned when accomplished golfers are asked to name the best course in the Metropolitan New York area. In March 1989, for example, Quaker Ridge was voted the number one course in the Met Area by The Met Golfer magazine. The course is also highly regarded on both National and international levels. In its 2017 rankings, Golf Digest rated Quaker Ridge #76 in the United States.

Quaker ran into some issues in recent years: they had a serious problem with anthracnose, which resulted in losing most greens for a season and the hiring of a new greenkeeper. I believe there was a significant effort made to restore the greens and now they feature really fantastic surfaces. The other issue was a law suit filed against the Club by some property owner who was upset at balls allegedly flying into his backyard. Duh. This lasted some time and involved a lot of expenditure and silly things like having to play a marked ball on the alleged offending hole and placing it in a bucket after you were done in order to prove there were minimal balls flying into the said backyard. This has been an issue as several courses and some smart lawyers are on the make. I believe the claim ran into low single digit millions, and the homeowner was award around $8,000 only. I believe this thing is over, but you never know in this litigious society…

The course layout.

The course layout.

Golf digest ranked it 71 in the US: Quaker Ridge returned to America’s 100 Greatest in 2013 thanks to a revision by Gil Hanse that included removal of many trees and the rebuilding of bunkers. Hanse also expanded several greens back to Tillinghast dimensions but reduced the size of the par-4 17th green, chopping off a left-hand lobe added by Frank Duane in 1964. Quaker’s strong suit has long been its powerful par 4s and Hanse strengthened them all, including the par-4 sixth, squeezed between a creek and hillside, and the drive-and-pitch 11th, where the green is girdled by a stream.

This rating seems a little harsh. In my humble opinion, the course is right up there with Winged Foot West.

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