|HOLE No. 18par 4 431 yards
|“GREEN IS NATURAL— very slight grading required to finish the surface on 2 levels.” Donald Ross wrote that. Of course, he couldn’t imagine modern green speeds or mowing heights. The final green, in all its severe glory, is the green Ross intended for the hole. It is difficult, but there are several places to put a cup; it’s always been that way, it has a great deal of character, and at least members know what to expect from it.
Yet another par four-and-a-half hole, the 18th climbs dramatically from tee to green with a view of the beautiful fieldstone clubhouse. The signature oak at the corner is identified in Ross’s sketch, however in 2019 the club was forced to remove the tree due to dealings with the Essex County Airport. Fescue mounds and bunkers now guard the right side along with the treelined left side makes for a difficult tee shot.
|Field Sketch by Donald Ross