Situated in the hilly, forested western slope of the Jersey Palisades, not far from the Hudson River, the course at Alpine Country Club lies within a 196-acre site that required a fair bit of rock blasting by architect A. W. Tillinghast in order to fashion the fairways back in the late 1920s.
Originally named “Aldecress” by the club’s founders, combining the names of three towns (Alpine, Cresskill and Demarest) surrounding the property, the course was one of the most difficult ever built by the esteemed architect, as later noted by Tilly in correspondence:
“Among the hundreds of golf courses that I have designed and constructed, Aldecress was by far the toughest to build that I have ever encountered. There was a deal of tree removal (big fellows), draining and above all, we were messing around in huge stone outcrop over the entire area.”
Because of the challenging conditions, it took two years to complete the course, routing the fairways through mature forest across severely sloping terrain. Many of the holes appear as relatively wide corridors through the trees but they play narrower due to the inclination of the land.
Alpine has undergone a few substantial alterations in recent times, under the guidance of architect Ron Forse, with much of this work involving the rebuilding of bunkers, restoring others that were lost over time and adding a number of new back tees.Notable holes include par threes at holes 5 and 8 on the outward half, along with three short par fours on the inward half, and both nines conclude with long, but reachable, downhill par fives which present reasonable birdie opportunities.
Great course. Trees everywhere... must hit ball straight. 1st hole... trees on the right .. green raised 20 feet. 2nd - Dog leg right - second shot over water. 3rd hole... 1st shot- must hit over water... hit drive with left fade - fast green. 4th - par 5 - first shot up hill. 5th hole - par 3 .. hitting uphill to green .. 30 feet up… small green. 6th - 2nd shot uphill. 7th long par 5... out of bounds on the right. 8th hole - par three... false front… fairway & green slops left to right. 9th - par 5 ... get your birdie.
10th hole - narrow par 4 - hitting uphill for 1st and 2nd shot -- great hole. 11th - narrow .. dog leg right... trees on both side .. great view off tee. 12th - short par 4 .. get birdie. 13th - long par 4 - be happy with par. 14th - 2 tier fairway ... uphill ... get you bird -- good looking hole. 15th - second shot hit over water .. bunker in front of green. 16th - 200 yard par three. 17th - short par 4 - get your birdie. 18th- long par 5 -- wide - great view for 2nd shot.
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