There was already a club in Garden City by the name of “Garden City Golf Club,” so the members at Salisbury Links (right down the street) obviously needed to take on a different moniker. The good news is that they were able to hire the same architects from that seminal club — Walter Travis and Devereux Emmet — to design their own course.
This Garden City club is now called Cherry Valley and the course opens with one of the gentlest handshakes in the game (a par four, 280 yards from the back tees), it will soon grow teeth in the form of Emmet’s bunkering and Travis’s notorious putting surfaces. No. 13 is one of the more intimidating holes on the course, a 235-yard tee shot across a cross bunker and threading two greenside bunkers to find the green. Some long hitters may find the opening hole easier to drive than this one.
No. 8 is a true three-shotter, featuring a pencil-thin fairway bunker that snakes along the left side, a shared bunker with the No. 7 fairway, and finally a zig-zagging final stretch of fairway upon the approach.
Robert Trent Jones lengthened the course during 1962 and Stephen Kay did work most recently during 2012.