Somerset Hills Country Club was formed in 1899 as a social and recreational club.
In 1918 the Club changed locations and engaged A.W. Tillinghast to design a course.
Over the years the club has engaged a number of architects to remodel the course, including:
William Gordon (1946), Hal Purdy (1956, 1968), Tom Doak (2010, 2013), Brian Slawnik (from Tom Doak’s team) (2017).
Somerset Hills is a beautifully maintained parkland type course.
It occupies a natural golfing site with some distinct elevation changes throughout.
It is nevertheless quite walkable.
There is a nice variation in type and length of holes, including some template holes (Redan, Plateau, Westward Ho)
The greens are a strong point throughout.
The back nine is the hillier nine and in my mind is perhaps a tad more interesting.
The front nine partly occupies the site of an old race track, and has some less memorable holes 'on first play'.
On the other hand there are some pretty special holes in the back nine..
Notable holes include:
Hole 2 (Redan), a neat mid length par 3 to a green surrounded by 5 bunkers
Hole 8 (Dip), a longer par 3 to a raised green
Hole 11 (Perfection), perhaps the best hole on the course- a longer dogleg par 4 to a raised green
Hole 12 (Despair), a dramatic short par 3 bordering the pond
Hole 15 (Happy Valley), a lovely par 4 with a rocky creek running across in front of the green
- Hole 16 (Deception), a pretty downhill par 3 with water short and right.
Somerset Hills is a very good members course, in wonderful condition
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