Photo courtesy of Westchester Hills GC
The famed “Open Doctor” architect prepares a master plan for the venerable White Plains course.
Westchester Hills GC has hired Rees Jones to create and execute a master plan for the redesign of its golf course. Club leadership is currently reviewing construction estimates and hope to announce a timeline and other details in the weeks ahead. The master plan consists of examining existing course features with an eye toward improving the everyday golf experience with influence from Jones’ notable designs worldwide.
“We are very excited to start this project in 2020. Our vision is to liven a classic-style golf course while upgrading the course’s playability and maintenance standards,” Jones says. “The members at Westchester Hills strive for excellence and we are proud to be included in their success. The golf course’s existing features and our master plan design will take the Hills golf experience to a new level.”
Jones has worked on seven U.S. Open venues including Bethpage’s Black Course and Baltusrol’s Upper and Lower Courses. His redesigns have hosted 25 major championships, six Ryder Cups, two Walker Cups, and one Presidents Cup.
“Improving the conditions and enhancing the quality of our course has been a priority of the Club.” says Joe Oates, Westchester Hills Club President. “We are excited to be working with Rees Jones to advance this goal.”
“Our course has gone through enhancements over the past few years and working with Rees Jones provides us a capstone event to take the course to a higher level as a world class and widely recognized track,” according to Westchester Hills Golf Club General Manager Josh Lowney. The pride of Westchester Hills is our members and we are thrilled to improve a classic golf course for their everyday play.” The club is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, one of the world’s leading golf management companies.
Westchester Hills Golf Club was founded in 1913 and plays on a course designed by Peter Clark, the club’s first golf professional. It’s known for long par fours (five over 400 yards) and reachable par fives, all with small, slick greens.