Monday, May 3, 2010

Visit NYC, Play Pound Ridge Golf Club


Is there a bigger hassle in the world than visiting New York City and trying to fit in a round of golf? 

I’ve visited the Big Apple several times on business and leisure and I’ve never played golf. It’s too much of a hassle and I don’t like to miss anything in the City. I’m a sucker for world-class dining, great jazz clubs and just walking the vibrant streets engulfed by the unmatched urban vibe.

That said, I discovered a great opportunity that incorporates luxury accommodations and play on a Pete Dye-designed golf course. Mandarin Oriental, New York and the Pound Ridge Golf Club, located 40 miles north of New York City, have partnered to give golfers a chance to roam the fairways and still enjoy one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

You can make tee times through the hotel’s concierge before the start of your stay or during your time on-site at the 248-roomMandarin Oriental, New York. Guests traveling without a vehicle can make a variety of transportation arrangements through the hotel, from car services and limousines to rental cars.

“Pound Ridge’s location sets up perfectly for golfers who want to play 18 holes of Pete Dye-designed golf, and return to the city for dining and entertainment,” sys Pound Ridge Golf Club owner Ken Wang.

If you don’t take your clubs, don’t fret, Pound Ridge has high-end clubs available for rental including current and next generation Nike equipment. Foot Joy golf shoes are also available for demo. Regular rates for Pound Ridge during the peak season (May 1 through December 1) are $235, $175 (after 3 p.m.) and $125 (after 5 p.m.). Rates for booking 8 days or more in advance are $195, $150 (after 3 p.m.) and $105 (after 5 p.m.) with a 25% deposit required.

Will you get pounded at Pound Ridge?

No. There are five sets of tees on each hole.

Regardless of how you play, this course is wonderful, lush green reprieve from the frenzied urban life in New York City. Pound Ridge is less than 15 minutes from Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut.

Laid out over 172 acres, the course has magnificent cliffs, streams, wooded hills, mounding, wetlands open meadows and expansive green complexes.  The property features some of the highest points in Westchester County, with a number of the tee boxes offering phenomenal vistas of the surrounding countryside.

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