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Knollwood’s 19th hole wins recognition


Elmsford, New York (May 13, 2019) – As Knollwood Country Club begins its 125th golf season, the club’s famed 19th hole was recently named one of “Golf’s Six Best 19th Holes” by Links Magazine. The 123-yard par 3 was added to the course in 1928 by Seth Raynor and Charles Banks, 34 years after the club’s opening.

According to Knollwood Country Club historical documents, club member Bobby Jones suggested adding the 19th hole as he felt that the walk from the 18th green to the clubhouse was too long. Known as “The Bye,” the tricky par 3 plays from an elevated tee box over water to a tiny back-to-front-green and is protected in front by a row of three bunkers.

The 123-yard, par-3 19th hole at Knollwood Country Club in Elmsford, N.Y.

The 123-yard, par-3 19th hole at Knollwood Country Club in Elmsford, N.Y.

Knollwood Country Club enters its 125th anniversary year with a new management team, including General Manager Chris Thomas, Club Controller Eriola Gjocaj, Membership Director Jacquie Faldetta and Superintendent Scott Olson. Bob Miller Jr. returns for his 35th year as Knollwood’s head golf professional. Over his illustrious career, Miller has been named “Golf Professional of the Year” by Westchester Magazine and was honored with the Greg Norman Collection MET PGA Professional Performance Award.

As part of the Knollwood’s 125th anniversary celebration, the club recently announced a new membership promotion, which includes reduced initiation fees, food and beverage credits and a Callaway Golf welcome package.

For information on Knollwood Country Club, call (914) 592-7411 or visit

About Knollwood Country Club
Knollwood Country Club is located in renowned Westchester County. The 18-hole golf course was completed in 1894, making it the oldest private club still in its original location in the United States. Knollwood was also one of the first 15 clubs to join the USGA and iconic golfers frequented the club, including Francis Ouimet and Bobby Jones. The original golf course was designed by Lawrence Van Etten. In 1924, the club hired A.W. Tillinghast to expand the golf course. At Tillinghast’s direction, the club purchased an additional 50 acres of adjacent land which was ultimately redesigned by Seth Raynor to add approximately 1,000 yards in length. Raynor passed away before the course was completed, so Charles Banks finished the project. The present-day course will play 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.

Knollwood Country Club is a Troon Privé-managed club. Members of Troon Privé-managed clubs have exclusive access to extraordinary golf and lifestyle benefits around the world through the Troon Privé Privileges Program.

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 460 locations around the globe, including managing 510 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 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 30 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit

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