The course’s original construction coincided with a surge in golf course construction in the country at the turn of the 20th century. Scarsdale’s original nine holes were designed by Willie Dunn of Musselburgh, Scotland, who was the professional at Shinnecock Hills and winner of the unofficial US Open in 1894. He was also the architect of Shinnecock’s expansion to eighteen holes. In the early 1920’s, renowned golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast created Scarsdale’s back nine and redesigned the remainder of the course. This was at the same time that Tillinghast was designing such local, fabled courses as Winged Foot and Baltusrol.
Despite Tillinghast declaring the property as one of the toughest pieces of land devoted to golf purposes, Scarsdale was designed to be very playable. Known for its tight driving areas, fast greens and hilly terrain, Scarsdale is a quintessential shot maker’s course. An errant tee or approach shot often assures bogey, or worse.
By virtually all accounts, the golf course is one of the best conditioned courses in the New York area. A state-of-the-art irrigation system and a top-notch course maintenance department ensure pristine greens, well-manicured fairways, and lush and challenging rough. Adjacent to the first tee and golf pro shop is the state-of-the-art driving range and practice area, which is rated one of the best in Westchester County.
In its early days, Scarsdale hosted exhibitions by some of the greatest names of golf lore: Harry Vardon, Ted Ray, Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones. More recently, Scarsdale has been a qualifying site for the US Open and Senior US Open and annually hosts numerous Metropolitan Golf Association events. One of the cornerstones of Scarsdale’s golf calendar is the Wilson Cup, named in honor of Charles “General Electric” Wilson, a long time Member who was famous for his role in rebuilding America after WWII. The Wilson Cup has become one of the Metropolitan area’s top amateur team competitions.
In addition to these events, golf Members at the Club enjoy an array of Club sponsored tournaments, including Men’s, Women’s and Junior’s Club championships, two-man team events and more – all organized by the Club’s excellent staff of golf professionals.