Located in renowned Westchester County, Knollwood Country Club has a rich history dating back to 1894 when it was founded. The original golf course was designed by Lawrence Van Etten and opened in 1895. In 1925, the club hired Seth Raynor to redesign the course and add approximately 1,000 yards in length. Raynor passed away before the course was completed, so Charles Banks finished the project. Knollwood was one of the first 15 clubs to join the USGA and iconic golfers frequented the club, including Francis Ouimet and Bobby Jones.
The club has been undergoing a course restoration since 2010 (complete in 2017), with the goal of adapting the concepts of the original designers to the modern game. More than just making the course longer, this has included tree removal and a focus on fairway and target line changes. The new bunkers are flat-bottomed and surrounded by sloping grass walls, similar to the bunkers Raynor originally built. The present-day course plays 6,552 yards from the championship tees. Knollwood’s 18th hole has been named to Met Golfer’s “Dream 18” as one of the finest holes in the greater New York area. The current 9th green remains from Van Etten’s earliest course. As a bonus, once a player has finished 18, there?s still a short par-three 19th hole.