0 people found this review helpful See other reviews from David Davis. The following info comes from a Christmas 2017 newsletter from Renaissance Golf Design (Tom Doak's company), regarding their efforts as architectural consultant to Somerset Hills. The green is elevated and sits with higher ground to the left and behind it. It is a nice par 3 although lessened a bit by the loss of the tree. Just when a crescendo should be moving to its ultimate point the ending duo simply fails to deliver. Par 4 – 413/388. Was this review helpful? A couple good example are the 11th which works its way down towards the pond, doglegs hard right back up the hill for the approach and the very strong par 4, 15th begging a tee shot that take off as much as you can chew to cut the corner. See other reviews from Doug Roberts. The par-5 10th is likely the weakest hole on the course and was not served when changed from its original routes as a par-4. Tillinghast in 1917 as one of his earlier works, the course remains almost completely untouched from its original design. 8. While the hole is named “despair,” no matter how you played it, you will soon forget your score when looking at that view. I still feel that way but not quite as strongly. We are a loving church!Join us for worship every Sunday at 9:30 and for fellowship afterwards. This sharp dogleg right has trees down both sides but the right side can be carried by the better player, leaving perhaps as little as 190 yards to the green. While I am not normally a huge fan of trees as a line of defense, when I first played this course there was a tree hanging over part of the right side of this green. You then ascend a hill to get to the 13th and 14th holes -- two well done par-4's playing in different directions and which feature Tillie greens truly special. The tee shot is downhill and blind with deep fescue left and trees and a brook to the right. 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. 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. Somerset Hills at times is referred to as Dr Jyckel and Mr Hyde. The green is the end point and being aware of the pin position is central to leaving with your ego and scorecard in working order. The members of the course have something very special here in both their clubhouse, the setting, the tennis area, as well as a magnificent golf course. The small clubhouse, pro shop and outdoor deck fit perfectly into the landscape and have a patina that can't be bought and only develops with age and a respect for the past. I like the hole for the view from the tee and the green complex although I can see where better players would critique it. Somerset Hills Country Club is an A.W. Longer hitters will fly the rise in the hill and the ball will get a substantial roll-out on the other side as the land falls to the green. There is a bunker front right that leads to a semi-blind shot such is its depth. Somerset Hills will not be hosting any of golf's big time events -- the logistics and limited space prevent that. Par 4 - 462/445. Pottstown, PA. Jun 26. 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. On the 11th tee the golfer is presented with choice of option, something which Tillinghast felt was fair. The fairway is wide and with just one bunker on the right. The two nines are different. 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. This hole reminds me a bit of the tenth at Augusta National as it has a downhill tee shot and the hole reveals itself as you make the turn. The change of pace is one of the key ingredients at Somerset Hills -- there are no repeat situations that are predictable. Par 4 – 460/429. The headquarters of the USGA are located only 10 minutes from the course and as such there is a natural link between the two. See other reviews from Nick Mullen, Respond to above review  Par 4 – 404/373. When people think of New Jersey, or often than not the images of swamps, the sopranos and industry spring to mind and for the parts of the state that many get to see this is very true, however what many people are not aware of is the beautiful rolling countryside in places such as Somerset and Morris counties, which are home to some of the most affluent suburbs of New York City. That being I found anyone I met at Somerset Hills to be most friendly and welcoming, respectful of the game they take great pride in their club. Register ($100) NJPGA. This course will screw with you. John Sabino is the author of How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs, Respond to above review  The course prefers a low profile and it's not unheard of that those who are also members at nearby Baltusrol to come to Somerset Hills because of the peace and tranquility provided. This hole prepares you for what lies ahead. The green is heavily sloped back right to front left and one has to really hit a putt from the front to a back pin. View Somerset Hills CC Somerset Hills CC’S profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. Hit too far right and one will be in tall fescue. “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. Strong players will hit less than driver and try to reach the bottom of the hill and leave a short iron to a devilish green that's pithed severely. But there is nothing wrong with a risk-reward par 5 for the better players. © 2020 Somerset Hills Country Club. A truly great hole. Longer hitters carry these defenses by 100 yards. 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. My only downside to the outward half is the par-5 9th. On the right side of the green is a steep hill that fortune will either send a ball onto the green or into a bunker. This is followed by a handful of dolomites on the left while the right side is littered with dolomites for the separation from the fourth hole. Also, much like the fourteenth, I greatly admire what Mr. Tillinghast did with the green complex to provide character and a test to the hole. 63 on Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Courses of 2019-20. The ball will release and run quite a ways on the green with a fall-off at the rear. 1. It is one of the largest greens on the course and due to the undulations has numerous options for the pin. 17. It is one of the quickest downhill putts I have ever played, but on this course I found myself saying that several times. Some truly magical green complexes. For the longer hitters there are two sets of two bunkers staggered on the right side of the fairway. From the tee there is no view of the second half of the fairway nor the angle of the dogleg. It is consistently ranked as one… Located in Bernardsville, New Jersey, Somerset Hills is perhaps one of Tilly’s finest creations and it’s a jewel that fits the contrasting land like a silk glove, where there's plenty of variation to keep everyone happy (length of holes and green sites), Somerset Hills is an unusual layout that flows cleverly around the flat, open, links-like terrain of a former racetrack for the outward nine and across hilly, dense woodland for the homeward half. For “eye candy” purposes there are three cross bunkers placed in the valley below the front of the green. Image (530x350): Heading: The green has a lot of interior movement to it, to a front left swale forcing balls back down the green, a lower right half, and various little ripples. Down the right side are five small bunkers followed by a large bunker probably 250 yards from the tee. Approximately 50 yards from the green is a collection of three bunkers set inside the left side of the fairway. 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." The fairway is narrow. The 205-yard, par-3 2nd at Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville, N.J. My first ranking of Somerset Hills was wrong after the first time I played it. West Point. Having said that, course arc... Have played the Creek Club often and have admired the little changes they have made to... PGA has 3 courses on property at the Village. 0 people found this review helpful For today’s game for the better players, this hole needs another 40-75 yards. I hit my drive to the right first cut of rough. From the fairway this appears to be an infinity green. 0 people found this review helpful I lived here for 7 years and played here quite often. Bernardsville, NJ. That's a tough question. Only change the text / images / link. The rounds I had played at Somerset Hills before the most recent one (Sept 5, 2020) formed an impression in my mind that holes thirteen through fifteen were “disconnected” from the rest of the course as they set on their own piece of land with their own woods. The club was formed in 1899 for social and recreational purposes. Of the courses that I have played, Somerset Hills is the course that has risen in my personal rankings after every time I play it. You do not want to go left into the orchard as the branches are fairly low to the ground. Eagle Oaks G&CC. Grandover East course is pretty much what one would expect of resort golf. This dogleg right measures just three feet over 500 yards and is thus very reachable in two strokes. Somerset Hills Country Club is a Jekyll and Hyde course that's routed around flat, open, links-like terrain of a former racetrack going out, and across hilly, dense woodland coming home. 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