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Thursday, May 2, 2013

GlenArbor Celebrates Ten Years With Gary Player Visit

Gary Player
GlenArbor Golf Club, a premier Westchester club located in Bedford Hills, NY, celebrated its tenth anniversary recently with a special visitor--golf legend Gary Player. Members, staff, and a few select guests had the opportunity to play and chat with the Black Knight for two memorable days.

Player designed the course, which was built on a spectacular site with a perfect mix of elevation changes, water, and tremendous vistas. He said he recognized the potential for a beautiful golf course the first time he walked the property.

At the reception that topped off Player's visit, he had nothing but good things to say about the GlenArbor staff, who, he said, "Always greet you with a smile." The club also earned his highest praise for its dedication to the game. "This club knows and demonstrates how important the traditions of golf are to the growth and well-being of the game."

Player said he was particularly pleased to see the GlenArbor learning center, which he said he recommended when the course was first built. GlenArbor not only has a practice range (double-ended), but a fully-equipped year-round teaching center with heated hitting bays as well. The real gem is the short game area, which features four practice greens, three target greens, five teeing areas, and every kind of sand trap, grass bunker, long rough, short rough, and greenside fringe the devilish designers could imagine.

In addition to the regular cups, the practice greens also have nine red-flagged holes.  These correspond to numbered “tees” arranged off the greens.  Together, they make up a nine-hole “course” that is re-routed every day but typically includes two bunker shots, two pitches out of rough, two tight lies, a lag putt, and other tests of your ability to get up and down.  There’s a par-18 scorecard, too, and a nearby computer terminal to enter your scores so you can track your progress.

The Gary Player Center, named to honor the course designer, has five teeing grounds surrounding three dedicated greens, each of which has three pin positions, so the player has nine targets at various distances from ten to a hundred yards away.  There’s a fairway bunker to practice the scariest shot in golf, as well as a sod-faced bunker to get you ready for St. Andrews.

Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf

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