Older Course Area
The original course – holes 10 through 14, 16, and 17 – were built in the late 1960s and designed by architect George Swatt. The holes have a traditional parkland setting style.
A key characteristic of the old holes is the very challenging small greens that tend to fall away around the edges, creating very small targets for approach shots. Three small ponds, coming into play on two of the seven old holes, add to the challenge.
The old greens were constructed to older soil-based root zone specifications. Their shape in design, however, creates surfaces that drain well, and they have held up and performed very well for 35 years.
The greens are comprised of an old variety of bentgrass. With very little of the annual bluegrass invasion so common on greens in the Northeastern U.S., they still look and perform excellently.
The fairways and tees of the old course are very similar to the new course. Perennial ryegrass is the predominant species, and the roughs are a mixture of bluegrass, rye, and fescue.
Although the old course doesn’t have the length and extensive bunkering of the new holes, the large trees, well-placed water hazards, and difficult greens challenge golfers of all skill levels.
—by Matt Hutton
Northern Pines Course Superintendent