In a metropolitan area known for some of the best golf courses in the world, Knickerbocker’s Donald Ross gem has consistently and unfailingly provided enjoyment for the recreational player and a challenge for those striving to be the best. As far back as 1921 Knickerbocker was the site of the first New Jersey State Open, and was chosen a century later to host the 100th New Jersey State Open in July of 2020. It was also the site of the 2014 New Jersey State Amateur and has hosted many other regional and national events and pro qualifers as well.
Donald Ross is considered one of the greatest golf course architects to have ever lived. A Scotsman by birth, he apprenticed with Old Tom Morris at St. Andrews, then immigrated to the United States to begin a new life as a golf professional. While he did rise to that role at Pinehurst in North Carolina, it was his skill as a golf course architect that brought him immense fame and regard. In more than 40 years designing golf courses, he contributed to the development and design of roughly 400 courses, including Pinehurst’s famous #2, East Lake, Seminole, Oakland Hills, Oak Hill. In New Jersey alone, Ross is credited with Seaview’s Bay Course, Plainfield Country Club, Deal Golf Club, Montclair Golf Club and nearby River Vale Golf Club, as well as Knickerbocker.
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