Westchester Hills to begin work on new Rees Jones master plan

Westchester Hills to begin work on new Rees Jones master plan
Toby Ingleton
By Toby Ingleton

Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, New York, is starting work on a substantial redesign and renovation of its 108-year-old golf course.

Golf course architect Rees Jones has created a master plan and will oversee the work, which includes the expansion of 14 greens, the creation of new greenside pitching swails, reshaping fairways, renovating all of the course’s bunkers and strategically adding new bunkers, and installing a new state-of-the-art irrigation system.

“The entire membership is excited about the work, which comes on the heels of renovations the Club implemented in 2021 and included a major upgrade to our pool and a redesigned and expanded putting green,” said club president Mark Stagg. “Those changes created a resort-style setting, including new fire pits and enhancement of member amenities.”

The course was designed in 1913 by head pro Peter Clark, with the assistance of Donald Ross.

“The time is now to improve this great course and club, and we are excited to be working with Rees Jones to create an amazing experience for our members,” said Stagg.

“We look forward to collaborating with Rees Jones to further our vision of a premier world-class private club for our members,” added general manager Josh Lowney. “By the spring of 2022, we will deliver to our membership a significantly enhanced world-class facility and widely recognised track. The pride of Westchester Hills is our members and we are thrilled to improve a classic golf course for their everyday play.”

Rees Jones said: “We are very excited to start this project in October. Our vision is to liven a classic-style golf course while upgrading the course’s playability and maintenance standards.

“The club improvements over the past few years have been marvellous. The members at Westchester Hills strive for excellence and we are proud to be included in their success and help build on that to improve the overall playing experience. The golf course’s existing features and our master plan design will take the Hills golf experience to a new level, maximising existing features, while adding new ones.”