Membership spikes at Westchester Hills following Jones renovation

Membership spikes at Westchester Hills following Jones renovation
Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

Rees Jones has completed a renovation of the golf course at Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, New York.

The $3.5 million project to improve functionality and aesthetics of the layout – originally designed in 1913 by head pro Peter Clark with the assistance of Donald Ross – began in October 2021.

Work has included reshaping and expanding fairways, creating new greenside pitching swales, expanding 14 greens, adding new tees, renovating all bunkers with new sand and Capillary Concrete, and installing a new state-of-the-art irrigation system.

“Our design was to liven a classic-style golf course while upgrading the course’s playability and maintenance standards,” said Jones. “The members at Westchester Hills strive for excellence and we are proud to be included in their success. We fully expect the golf course’s new features to take the Hills golf experience to a new level in the private club community.”

Josh Lowney, general manager at Westchester Hills, said: “Finishing this project has been momentous for the club. The members graciously allowed and applauded the work over the last few months and the finished product has generated enormous excitement for our membership and throughout the Westchester County golf community.”

A new practice putting green designed by Jones is surrounded by fire pits and farm fencing, a nod to the club’s Gedney Farms history.

Over the last 20 months, the club has gained 186 new members, reaching an all-time high in full memberships.

“The membership at Westchester Hills is thrilled to see the completed result at our club,” said Mark Stagg, club president. “With so much going on at the club including a pool renovation, elevated dining experiences and significant membership growth, the course redesign is the finishing touch to achieving member satisfaction for years to come.”