Our East Course was built by Jim Harrison and Fredinard Garbin. In their design they followed Alister MacKenzie's maxim to the letter "the perfect course is one that is flawlessly integrated with the terrain upon which it sits."
East Coast HomeThese two gentlemen built many courses together; the most renowned being Warrick Hills. Harrison worked with Donald Ross in the building of Pinehurst No.2. Garbin was an avowed fan of Donald Ross and he renovated many of his courses including Oakmont for the 1983 Open.
Their design at Webster has many of the Ross traits: small fast greens (avg. 4200 sq.ft.) and puts a premium on iron play. They designed the most beautiful bunkers around each green. The original owner turned these to grass bunkers. We have now returned these extinct bunkers back to sand bunkers.
The course was built in 1956 and over the past 43 years we have lost 30% of our green area. The culprits have been riding mowers and apathy. It is easy to lose 1/4 inch of a green a day and over the years some of the best pin positions have been lost. The greens have been restored to their orginal design.
The only change to the original design is the increase in our black tees from 6600 yards to 7100 yards. I don't believe Mr. Harrison envisioned the advent of the 300 yard drive.
Local Sportswriter, Sal Maiorana, wrote that playing our course was comparable to playing a high rate private club. Getting back to the original Harrison design is exciting for us and we feel it will surely enhance your enjoyment at our facility.
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