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Westchester Hills Golf Club selects Rees Jones for golf course redesign

Jones, known as 'The Open Doctor' for his work in preparing courses for major championships, is working on a master plan for Westchester Hills Golf Club

White Plains, N.Y. (October 16, 2020) – Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, N.Y. announces the engagement of famed golf course architect Rees Jones to engineer and execute a golf course master plan and redesign. Jones and Westchester Hills Golf Club leadership are currently reviewing construction estimates and plan to announce more information on a construction timeline and redesign details in the weeks ahead.

Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, N.Y.
Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, N.Y.

Known as “The Open Doctor” for his design work on courses in preparation for hosting major championships, Jones is currently in the midst of master plan design work for Westchester Hills Golf Club, a course originally established in 1913. The master plan consists of reviewing existing course features and improving the everyday golf experience with influence from Jones’ notable designs worldwide.

“We are very excited to start this project in 2020.  Our vision is 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. The golf course’s existing features and our master plan design will take the Hills golf experience to a new level.”

To date, Rees Jones has worked on seven U.S. Open venues (selected to host 14 championships), nine PGA Championship venues (hosting 11 championships), six Ryder Cup venues, two Walker Cup courses and one Presidents Cup. Among Jones’ most notable original designs or redesigns are Atlanta Athletic Club (Ga.), Atlantic Golf Club (N.Y.), Baltusrol Golf Club- Lower and Upper Course (N.J.), Bethpage State Park- Black Course (N.Y.), Congressional Country Club-Blue Course (Md.), Nantucket Golf Club (Mass.), Torrey Pines Golf Course- South Course (Calif.) and East Lake Golf Club (Ga.).

“Improving the conditions and enhancing the quality of our course has been a priority of the Club,” said Westchester Hills Club President Joe Oates. “We are excited to be working with Rees Jones to advance this goal.”

“We are looking forward to working with Rees Jones and furthering our vision of a premier world-class private club for our members,” said Westchester Hills Golf Club General Manager Josh Lowney. “Our course has gone through enhancements over the past few years and working with Rees Jones provides us a capstone event to take the course to a higher level as a world class and widely recognized track. The pride of Westchester Hills is our members and we are thrilled to improve a classic golf course for their everyday play.”

Westchester Hills Golf Club is an innovative club defined by its gracious hospitality and casual elegance. The club is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, the world’s leading golf management company.  As a Troon Privé-managed club, Westchester Hills members are automatically enrolled in the Troon Privé Privileges program which delivers extraordinary golf and lifestyle benefits as well as reciprocal play at other Troon Privé-managed private clubs around the world.

For more information on Westchester Hills Golf Club visit www.WestchesterHills.org, call 914-948-5020 or email  WEHI-reception@troon.com  

About Westchester Hills Golf Club
Located in the heart of New York's beautiful Westchester County, Westchester Hills Golf Club is a family-friendly private golf club in the stately Gedney Farms neighborhood of White Plains.  Founded in 1913, the club is rich in history and camaraderie, and is a place where club members enjoy competitive golf tournaments, tennis, swimming, fitness, a full calendar of social events, casual and gourmet dining, host private functions, and much more. 

Best known for its 18-hole championship golf course designed by Peter Clark, his Donald Ross-inspired design features tree-lined fairways, rolling hills and contoured greens bordered by challenging bunkers. Westchester Hills' historic clubhouse, originally built in 1926, was remodeled in 2012 in preparation for the club's centennial anniversary which was celebrated in 2013. Other amenities of the club include a practice range, two chipping and putting facilities, an indoor Golf Performance Studio, a fitness center, two swimming pools, two tennis courts, the Patio and a newly-renovated (2019) Grand Room available for private events.

From a Regular Golf membership to a House membership, Westchester Hills Golf Club offers several options to fit the lifestyle of families, couples and singles as well as meet the needs of local business people looking for a home for golfing and entertaining clients. 

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 435-plus locations around the globe, including managing 470-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 485-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 40-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Gamble Sands in Brewster, Washington; The Virginian and Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards in Bristol, Virginia; Kapalua Golf in Maui, Hawaii; Lofoten Links in Gimsoysand, Norway; and The Els Club Dubai in United Arab Emirates. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

Media contacts:
Rob Myers
Troon
480.477.0506
rmyers@troon.com

Josh Lowney, PGA
General Manager
Westchester Hills Golf Club
914-948-5020
jlowney@troon.com