The first hole (par4) is a very tough opener, particuarly for the shorter hitter as they are unable to cut the dog leg, as the hole moves sharply to the right. Image (530x350): Heading: The lovely white barn and house sit off to the right. In nearly all national ratings Somerset Hills has not just been rated in various top 100 polls -- but often in the top 50. Now I would place it nearly 100 places higher. The green is fronted by two deep bunkers to a “hot-air balloon” green with its narrow opening. Par 4 – 460/429. If the hole is lengthened, one wants to replicate this green complex because it is a good one. Par 4 – 415/393. In any event, it is a good golf hole and makes “perfect” use of the pond, woods, and change in terrain. 15 is a terrfic par 4 which again gives the player to bend his drive around the corner or else play to the bend, the green is set in a ajestic location, surrounded by a backdrop of trees and guarded in front by a brisk moving stream, 16 is another top notch par 3, requiring a medium iron to a green set along the bottom of a ridge, which again slopes sharply from back to front. Filed Under: Featured , Meetings , News For one hundred years, tennis “whites” have graced the grass courts of Somerset Hills. . Somerset Hills is another A.W Tillinghast masterpiece. What a lovely walk with no two holes even similar to each other with what kind of feels like butterfly wings routing that constantly changes directions and challenges your entire bag. It has two distinctly different sets of nine. Add a very friendly, low key club to an amazing course and you have a perfect old world golf experience. The green is completely surrounded by bunkers, six in all and is odd-shaped with a back left bulge. I do not find the tee shot to be very interesting but the approach into a magnificent green complex make this a compelling golf hole. From the fairway this appears to be an infinity green. The 205-yard, par-3 2nd at Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville, N.J. Everything about the place is understated, the clubhouse , the entrance, even the pro shop is petite, if you were to drive past you would be hard pushed to notice that one of the world's greatest courses was in front of you. The left mound has two bunkers built into it and another bunker left of that. #pro. The front nine has some wonderfully contoured greens, and though many tee shots require... Outside of the Sandhills region, Greensboro arguably boasts more breadth and depth of g... Having this course on the top 100 list and leaving out North New Jersey's finest -. As I sat there I called on my memories of the great courses in Scotland and found myself agreeing with this comment in some regards such as at Cruden Bay, Nairn, Castle Stuart, St. Andrews Old (excluding the town setting), Kingsbarns, North Berwick West, Machrihanish Old, Gullane #1 or #2….yet when I think of Trump Turnberry Ailsa, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Royal Troon Old….well, isn’t it great to have a U.S. inland golf course bring to mind the great courses in Scotland? The fairway sweeps down towards a large like before turning 90degrees to the right with a green placed on the side of the large lake.The golfer can fade the driver leaving only a short approach of some 120 yards, or take the conservative option of a 3 wood,playing to the left leaving a considerably longer second shot. The 10th is a soft par 5, which presents an interesting tee shot requiring a power fade or towering draw to evade the encroaching trees. Somerset Hills Country Club, located in Bernardsville, New Jersey, is ranked No. This is the only non-original green on the golf course as the green needed to be re-routed from a spot well short of the current location. It is a difficult par despite the large size of the green. Many rave about this downhill par 4 to a near 90 degree dogleg right back up a hill to another plateau green. “Deception” used to be a trickier hole as there was a tree that was closer to the green that one had to consider. After the tee shot, about halfway to the hole on the left is a small bunker. The 13th contains a nice variation of a Biarritz green, which can throw up some very interesting hole locations. While the hole is named “despair,” no matter how you played it, you will soon forget your score when looking at that view. There are also two bunkers placed on the back left. Between the central bunker and the left bunker is a substantial depression where one’s ball can nestle into some of the tallest greenside rough. The difficulty for most players is the possibility of a hanging lie for their approach shot. Getting everything right at a golf club is more art than science, but at Somerset Hills they have it all figured out. There is a pronounced back to front tilt on this green where balls hit almost to the middle of the green will fall back into the bunkers. While I do not hold this par 4 in the same class as several on the front nine, it is a very interesting hole. The nines are like chalk and cheese, and I feel both compliment each other as opposed to one being inferior to the other. When you stand on the first tee at SHCC, what you are immeaditely struck by is the vast open expanse that lies in front of you, with strips of fairway meandering across the rolling (hills) landscape, bordered by fescue ans sparse foliage. I am not suggesting two long par-4's should have been included but given the series of holes one plays from #11 to #16 you feel like the moviegoer who has enjoyed all that has happened but feels the ending could have been a tad better. However, I think the play from the left side of the fairway is also fine if one can see where the pin is as you know you have to hit the front right of the green. Picking a par-3 for a favorite hole is problematic. 1985-43171 See other reviews from Doug Roberts. The big hitters will hit to the bottom of the hill leaving a short to mid-iron to the green. It is one of the largest greens on the course and due to the undulations has numerous options for the pin. Nick, Respond to above review 1 person found this review helpful Perhaps the weakest hole on the golf course, the “Nairn” hole plays gently downhill. The long par-3 8th is an extremely challenging hole. The fairway is wide and with just one bunker on the right. Unlike North Berwick West’s wonderful (and first) redan, at Somerset Hills you can see what you need to do on this redan whereas at North Berwick it is a blind shot. 8. 5. 4. 15th Hole at Somerset Hills Country Club (407 Yard Par 4) Best Par 5: 6th Hole – 501 Yards – (Plateau) - The evidence of the old horse race track comes into view on the 6th hole. Older remains from the Upper Late Palaeolithic era (12,000–13,000 years ago) have been found. The best view of the redan second hole is from the ninth tee. Register ($150) NJGA. U.S. Girls’ Junior. Many of these hills are important historical, archaeological … The tee is somewhat wedged between the driving range and the short-game practice area, with tall grass and two bunkers on the right and inner corner of the dogleg. Somerset Country Club and former Pittsburgh Steeler Louie Lipps, in cooperation with the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a Celebrity Golf Tournament to raise additional funds for the Flight 93 National Memorial. As with all land, different routing options were available to Mr. Tillinghast, yet it is so clear that he chose the correct one. “Sunningdale” is known as the weakest hole on the golf course by many due to its lack of length combined with the tee shot playing substantially downhill. Homeowners Association Archives : Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) Our CC&R documents describe the legal terms under which the Association operates and the rules to which all homeowners - and their tenants and guests - must adhere. The hole is a 300 yards par four. Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills, the Blackdown Hills, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, and large flat expanses of land including the Somerset Levels. The hole is one you won't forget. While the greens/green surrounds are still the best feature of Somerset Hills, I now value the routing. Philadelphia Junior. The change of pace is one of the key ingredients at Somerset Hills -- there are no repeat situations that are predictable. The routing is wonderful and there are several standout holes. I like the green complex which sits down in a dell with three bunkers right and one front left leaving a narrow opening to an undulating green that slopes front to back but with fall-offs on all sides. Go too far right and you could end up on the third green. SOMERSET HILLS III DECLARATION OF COVENANTS, CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS THIS DECLARATION, made on the date hereinafter set forth by BREEDEN LAND CO., hereinafter referred to as "Declarant." Perhaps a little less known than others like Winged Foot or its New Jersey neighbour Baltusrol, many believe that Tilly's lesser known courses are home to some of his best work (Bethpage Red, Baltimore and Ridgewood) and the layout at Somerset Hills pays homage to that notion. It will be quite interesting to see what Renaissance Golf Design does in terms of those holes. The next four holes contain a mix of two short par fours, a par 5 (short by today's length, and an excellent uphill par 4 (4th) with a dangerous back to front sloping green. The stream cuts across the front of the green and continues up the left side. This tree-lined and open parkland layout provides a wonderful test for your all-round game, with many attractive, skilfully crafted and challenging holes to enjoy. Many new course designers could do well to examine Somerset, its not overly long (geographical constraints etc) but through other features it still poses a stiff test. Still my favorite aspect of the course are it's wonderful set of green. The course plays to 6784 yards from the Blue tees, par 71, rated 73.2/137. While the green sits atop a rise in the land, overall one benefits more from the downhill so this hole plays shorter than 490/478. Welcoming staff. 3. Register ($100) NJPGA. Having played several of Tilly’s courses now I can say that Somerset Hills has a different vibe from the others I have played. 1978-71773, as amended by - ------, recorded November 29, 1985, in the Lane County land records as No. Nonetheless, Somerset Hills is a must play for any Tillinghast fan because it shows the talent level that would later create other gems from the likes of Winged Foot, San Francisco, Baltusrol and Bethpage / Black, to name just a few. The course has two perfectly manicured grass tennis courts, confirming its gentrified and genteel approach as a private club. I do not think the pin is often placed in this position, but if it is, a 3 or 4-putt is a real possibility. I love the Redan rendition that is the 2nd hole, what a wonderful green and fun shot from the tee. There is a bunker front right that leads to a semi-blind shot such is its depth. The founders were primarily New York City residents and, thus, the use of “country” in the name of their Club. The brook that protects the left side of the green is wonderfully positioned. On the 11th tee the golfer is presented with choice of option, something which Tillinghast felt was fair. With glorious green sites and a pretty layout, it’s a course that’s waiting to steal your affections. The founders were primarily New York City residents and, thus, the use of “country” in the name of their Club. Respond to above review On the right about 75 yards from the green are placed two long bunkers with another two at the right side. The dogleg plays around the apple orchard that is now to the left. It's sufficiently long enough for core golfers and thankfully the club has avoided the inane siren song that other clubs have been tempted with in extending holes again and again in a mindless manner. Jun 1. Somerset Hills Country Club is located in Bernardsville, a borough in Somerset County, New Jersey. This hole is named “dolomites” for the mounds that go down the left side of the fairway and then pick up again on the left as you near the green. Tillinghast provided. 0 people found this review helpful A fall view from Somerset Hills Country Club Somerset Hills CC. In Daniel Wexler's book "The American Private Golf Club Guide" the author mentions "with the exception of building a new green to convert the 10th hole into a par 5 during the 1940s... precious little has changed here in over 90 years.". The green is steeply sloped to the right so the ideal shot comes in as far left as one dares. On a repeat visit to other courses, I sometimes slightly modify my rankings. The green is elevated and sits with higher ground to the left and behind it. From an elevated tee one can see what is expected of you…..hit somewhere about 7 yards short of the green or the very front with as high a shot as one can hit as they ball will travel onto the surface to the left. But as I lose distance I find this hole to be offer a high degree of challenge in both getting to the green and on the green. Tillinghast creation and it’s naturally natural with nothing brash or ostentatious about the course. 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