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Every Feature of a $60 Million Backyard Golf Course in the Hamptons | Green Fees

In this episode of 'Green Fees', world famous golf course designer Rees Jones takes Golf Digest on a tour of his beloved creation, the $60 million Three Ponds Farm golf course in Bridgehampton, NY. The 60-acre course features a barn, a grass tennis court, 18 holes, 4 greens, 3 fairways, a rose garden, a carriage house, a halfway house, pro shop, stocked wet bar, shoe locker, pinball machines, and a vintage Coke machine.

Released on 7/12/2018

Credits

Starring: Rees Jones

Transcript

00:00
(classical music)
00:07
(light hip-hop music)
00:13
There haven't been any sitting presidents
00:15
that played here, there have been aspiring presidents
00:18
that have played here.
00:19
People very significant in most every endeavor.
00:23
I'm Rees Jones golf course architect.
00:25
I've redesigned seven US Open venues.
00:28
We're in Bridgehampton at Three Ponds Farm,
00:30
a private golf course.
00:31
(light hip-hop music)
01:13
Originally this was a farm across the street from Atlantic.
01:17
Ed Gordon and I had spent a lot of time at Atlantic together
01:20
there having our hot dogs and all this.
01:21
When Ed decided to move to this property
01:23
I showed him how we could build four greens
01:26
and really play as nine holes.
01:27
Ed really came to the conclusion let's have it as 18.
01:30
So then we started designing the greens.
01:32
In building a golf course it's important
01:34
to have very creative people
01:35
doing the shaping and construction.
01:37
Building it took us about four months.
01:39
We got all the material from this site.
01:41
There was topsoil on the property and sand underneath.
01:44
We worked the sand and then put the topsoil back.
01:50
This is an unbelievably creative use of land.
01:53
The bunkers don't have a lot of noses in them.
01:55
They're fairly large
01:56
that you can hit out of them fairly easily.
01:58
We put in some dunes-like features
02:00
that now have been covered with fescue.
02:02
The greens are very unique.
02:04
They have major sweeps up on the sides
02:07
so you can bank the shots in.
02:14
Really kinda make this round of golf
02:15
unlike any round of golf you'll encounter anywhere.
02:26
The hardest part for me was trying
02:28
to tell my construction guys how this golf course works.
02:31
Cause they were scratching their head about
02:33
Whaddya mean this hole goes this way
02:34
and comes back this way?
02:39
To design the golf course and translate it
02:43
to the construction guys
02:44
cause they'd never built a golf course like this before.
02:47
What has some quirks and differences
02:50
than you'd see in a lot of golf courses.
02:52
We left the halfway house.
02:55
We left the tree that has to be managed
02:57
on hole number five and hole number nine.
03:05
As David Fay the former executive director of the USJ said,
03:08
this is the most creative golf course he'd ever seen,
03:12
How did you get it accomplished and how did you get it done
03:14
and how did you think it up?
03:15
What's really important here is the friendships.
03:17
I can enjoy this golf course with my friends.
03:20
When it was first built I was made member number one.
03:24
I thought that Ed Gordon had given everybody
03:26
membership slip number, number one.
03:29
But no, he really made me member number one.
03:31
I enjoy that and I enjoy coming here often.
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