By Dan Murphy
For families in northern Westchester and Putnam counties looking for a full-service country club with golf, swimming, activities, and kids’ programs, there are very few options. But one available option is the Hollow Brook Golf Club, located at Cortlandt Manor, which we had the pleasure of visiting and playing recently.
The course is in perfect condition as we started on April 22. The 6,923 yard layout offers several different tees for golfers of all handicaps. Designed and built by Eric Bergstol, Hollow Brook Golf Club sits on 250 scenic acres and offers golfers some of the most dramatic elevation changes.
The challenging and unique 6,923 yard layout offers golfers a combination of classic Westchester-style holes, with dramatic elevation changes on other holes.
My favorite holes in Hollow Brook are the 5th, a 100-yard downhill par 3, and the 18th, a classic par 4 with the 22,000 square foot clubhouse in the background. Challenging holes include the 10th and 11th, which surround a lake that was used decades ago as a private swim club and recreation park called Lakeland Acres. Both holes require a good tee shot and trash traps surround the fairways.
Golf Director Phil Eyre has worked at Hollow Brook Golf Club since 2007 and manages golf operations and the golf shop, and teaches golfers of all ages and abilities, including a remarkable program for young golfers. For the family looking for a place to teach their young golfer, consider Hollow Brook and Eyre, who hails from England and teaches the ‘full game’.
Eyre makes sure everyone is comfortable and says Hollow Brook offers “an extended family atmosphere.” “Hollow Brook is a hidden gem that people don’t know about. We are super family friendly and very laid back. The golf course is one of the best tests of your golf game in our area. He never plays the same two days in a row, because of the wind. We welcome golfers of all ages and abilities.
Eyre said the front nine and back holes play like a New England course, while holes 10 through 12 have a South Carolina feel. This is a golf course you will rarely see in the Northeast. Three majestic bridges cross the waterways, which include a crystal clear trout stream that runs through the property.
The seclusion of holes 13-16, adjacent to the Cortlandt walking trails, gives you a quaint sanctuary feel more like the Catskills. Three majestic bridges cross the waterways, which include a crystal clear trout stream that runs through the property.
The route is suitable for walkers. A large outdoor pool completes the package for the Westchester or Putnam family looking for a recreational getaway close to home. And all the conveniences of a country club are available in Hollow Brook.
Due to its natural beauty and large modern clubhouse, Hollow Brook is also an ideal location for your wedding, special occasion or golf outing. Testimonials include “A dream wedding” and “Absolute perfection”.
The history of Hollow Brook prior to the construction of the course includes ownership by the Sisters of Saint Mary community for half of the property, the other half being the location of Hollow Brook Drive in film until the 1970s.
My part in Hollow Brook reminded me of what a different and unique course awaits you in North Westchester. For the Westchester family looking to spend some time outdoors this summer, Hollow Brook is worth a visit to see what it’s all about. Visit golfhollowbrook.com or call 914-734-1500 for more information.