Course Architects: Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry
Year Opened: 2001
Location: Gladstone, New Jersey
Slope: 139  Rating: 74.7
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,131
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 329 Yds    10 - Par 4 380 Yds
                      2 - Par 5 568 Yds    11 - Par 5 533 Yds
                      3 - Par 3 242 Yds    12 - Par 3 212 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 418 Yds    13 - Par 4 432 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 406 Yds    14 - Par 5 545 Yds
                      6 - Par 4 451 Yds    15 - Par 4 382 Yds
                      7 - Par 3 215 Yds    16 - Par 4 465 Yds
                      8 - Par 4 367 Yds    17 - Par 3 196 Yds
                      9 - Par 5 559 Yds    18 - Par 4 431 Yds
                      Par 36  3,555 Yds     Par 36  3,576 Yds

Key Events Held: HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship (2005-06).

Awards Won: Ranked #9 - Best in State (New Jersey) by Golf Digest (2005-06),
            Ranked #12 - Best in State (New Jersey) by Golf Digest (2007-08).

Website: Hamiltonfarmgolfclub.com

HISTORY:  Back  in the early 1900s,  New York financier James Cox Brady, along
with his first wife, the former Elizabeth Hamilton, purchased a 180-acre piece
of  land for $18,000, adjacent to the Pfizer estate. A small hunting lodge was
built  at the entrance to the property, named "Hamilton Farm". In less than 10
years,  Brady  acquired an additional  5,000 acres  of forests and farmland in
three  New Jersey  counties  to create  one of  the  "Garden State's"  largest
working  farms.  Brady had  all sorts  of livestock,  from Herefords to Jersey
cattle,  sheep,  pigs, chickens  and  German  shepherds,  to horses,  such  as
Clydesdales,  Percherons and  Shetland  ponies. A  54-stall  brick stable  was
erected,  considered the largest and most lavish barn in the country. Hamilton
Farm  was in  its  heyday in  the  early  1920s, however  when  Brady died  of
pneumonia  in 1927, his heirs closed the farming operation and sold off all of
the animals. By 1942, Brady's third wife, Helen Cutting, who remarried and was
living at the farm, converted the stables and carriage house into an emergency
hospital for the U.S. Merchant Marine seamen, the first of its kind in wartime
America.  During  World War II,  more than  45,000 Merchant Marine seamen were
treated at Hamilton Farm. Purchased by the former head of Lucent Technologies,
Hamilton  Farm was  conceived to  be an  ultra-exclusive club  with everything
included.  The Highlands  Course at  Hamilton Farm,  along with  the par-three
Hickory  Course,  were crafted by  the design team  of Dr. Michael Hurdzan and
Dana  Fry.  The duo  have done  some outstanding work  around this country and
Canada,  including Glenmaura  National  Golf Club,  Fieldstone  Golf Club  and
Devil's  Paintbrush  Golf Club.  With their  minds wide  open, Hurdzan and Fry
carved  through the rolling, wooded terrain to design a five-star layout. That
is exactly what they did. "For us to leave our imprint on this superb piece of
land is indeed very special." After a reorganization with Lucent, the property
was  sold  to Dennis Townsend, the  founder of Townsend Capital, a real estate
investment  firm. Townsend, who has a different membership philosophy, has the
same dream in mind concerning the club.

Hamilton Farm is already making a name
for  itself, as it  played host to the inaugural HSBC Women's World Match Play
Championship  in 2005. In typical match play style, most of the top seeds fell
by  the wayside  in the early rounds,  as Lorena Ochoa, the third seed lost in
the  opening  round, as did  number five Natalie  Gulbis and 2005 U.S. Women's
Open  champion Birdie Kim, while Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer, seeded second
and fourth respectively, dropped second round matches. World number one Annika
Sorenstam and former top-ranked Karrie Webb reached the quarterfinals. Leading
by  two holes with only four remaining against Candie Kung, Sorenstam missed a
birdie  try on 15  to halve the hole and then bogeyed the 16th to fall back to
all  square. The two came up the par-four 18th tied and both found the fairway
off  the tee.  Neither hit the green  with their second shots, and were almost
equally  away  from the  hole on  different sides of  the green. Sorenstam got
relief  from a sprinkler  head right of the short grass, then putted five feet
past  the hole,  while Kung  lagged  her putt  from  the left  side to  tap-in
territory  and was conceded par. Sorenstam, then blew her putt by on the right
side, as Kung advanced. Ranked 60th in the field, Marisa Baena dispatched Webb
2  &  1, as  she never trailed  in the  match. Baena, who  led 1-up after nine
holes, took a commanding lead with wins on holes 14 and 15, before closing out
the  match on  the 17th.  In the  semis, Baena  defeated Kung,  2-up and  then
knocked  off Meena Lee, 1-up for her first career title and the largest first-
place  check in  LPGA Tour history, $500,000. Baena never trailed in the match
and  held a  2-up lead at the turn.  Baena, who shot 67, opened up a 3-up lead
with four to play and despite losing 15 and 16, parred the final two holes for
the win.

Vicky Hurst comments for 2010 "I think this course is good for match play
because I think some of the holes are very risk/reward, either go for it or
lay back. I think with this course, it comes with a lot of strategy especially
with match play."

REVIEW:  The  course opens with  a perfect starter to  get your round going, a
simple  par-four that plays uphill to the green. Just 329 yards in length, the
first  plays  slightly longer, but  requires just a long-iron or fairway-metal
off  the  tee. Favor  the left  side of  the landing  area to  set up the best
approach  angle  to the green.  Missing on the wrong  side of the fairway will
leave  an approach  that must clear a  tall oak fronting the right side of the
green. The putting surface is quite wide, but only 24 yards deep with a bunker
deep  and a green-wide trap in front. A back-right flag is the most difficult,
especially  if  you miss  left,  as  a ridge  runs  through  the center.  Your
shot-making  skills  will certainly  be tested  on the second, a par-five that
plays  every bit of  its 568-yard length. The hole plays downhill from the tee
and  sweeps hard  to the left with  trees bordering both sides of the fairway.
The  right  side of the fairway  is the best play  for your first shot, but be
careful not to run through, as four traps guard the side. Your layup shot will
have to contend with a bunker situated in the center of the fairway, 126 yards
from  the  green. For your  approach shot  to the green,  make sure to take an
extra  club, as the  putting surface is elevated and guarded on the right by a
deep  bunker. The green  slopes from back to front, with a back-right flag the
most  difficult. There is  reason why this is the number one handicap hole, so
don't  be disappointed  with par  or worse.  Not only  is the  third hole  the
longest  par-three on  the course, but the putting surface is also the longest
at 43 yards in depth. So if your math is correct, the hole can play as long as
260  and  it's slightly uphill...ouch!  They say long  is better, but how many
people can control a driver on a par-three? Short is not a bad play either and
make  sure to  not miss left, as trees  and a large trap will snare any errant
shot.  Bogey here is not so bad. After a couple of difficult holes, the fourth
and  fifth are a  chance to get one back. First up is the dogleg right fourth,
stretching  418 yards from  the tips. Take aim at the bunkers on the left side
of  the fairway for a perfect target. Ideally, a fade is the best play off the
tee,  setting up a short-iron to a fairly large green. Make sure you avoid the
bunkers to the right of the fairway, as they are deep and difficult to get out
of  and reach the  green. A pair of traps guard the sunken, but very receptive
putting surface. The fifth is just the opposite, sloping downhill to the left,
devoid of fairway bunkers. The key here is club selection, as fairway-metal or
long-iron  is  the play off the  tee. From a  downhill lie, the player is left
with  a  wedge to a  small green that  sits at the bottom  of the hill, with a
large  trap to  the right.  Play  below the  hole  to give  yourself the  best
opportunity for birdie. With subtle undulations, this could be one of the most
difficult  greens  to read on  the course.  The second-longest par-four on the
course,  the  sixth is  a beaute, at  451 yards from  the black buttons. Three
gargantuan  traps blanket  the left corner of this slight dogleg left. Playing
slightly downhill, a fade with the driver will set up the best approach to the
green.  A  mid-iron is  left, but take  one club less,  as balls landing short
should  release towards the flag. Sand occupies the right side of the surface,
while  an old Bull  Barn is  left and deep,  just five  paces from the putting
surface.  The green  is fairly flat and  only 29 yards in depth. At all costs,
stay  away from  the right side, as  trees and deep rough will be a nightmare.
Par  here is a  good score. Plenty to consider at the seventh tee, as the par-
three plays downhill with a westerly breeze into your face. Not to mention the
angled green from left to right where a deep bunker resides. Mid- to long-iron
to  the  left side should  set up a two-putt  par, however the putting surface
forces  all  balls from the  middle to  back and is  quite slick. It's hard to
believe it's the  15th  handicap hole.  The  eighth is  a  generous hole  that
stretches  only  367 yards. Although uphill  from tee to green, the fairway is
very  wide and necessitates just a fairway metal for your first shot. Avoiding
the  pair of traps  from 123 yards and in on the right is of utmost importance
to  set up a  possible birdie try. The putting surface, which slopes from back
to  front, is  just 29 yards deep  and features two bunkers, one on each side.
Staying below the hole will set up your best shot at birdie. The final hole on
the   outward  nine  is  certainly  worthy  of  signature  hole  status.  This
outstanding,  downhill  par-five offers a  beautiful view of the clubhouse, as
you ponder what's in store. Number one, hit the wide-open fairway, which, on a
firm  day, will give you plenty of roll as you catch the slopes of the landing
area.  Second, decide which is the proper play, going for the green, laying up
short  of the hazard or over the wetlands. Trying to get home in two is risky,
as water, sand and thick rough could prove to be costly. Short of the wetlands
leaves a  slightly  uphill third of 140-150 yards to a very narrow green. Over
the water leaves only a short pitch and  the best  angle to the  tight  green,
with difficult bunkering on both sides. The putting  surface  slopes  severely
from  back to  front, but  a deep  right pin  will have the  opposite  effect.
Scores on  nine  can range  from birdie  to  double-bogey, so  choose  wisely.

The  final nine  holes start  off with  a short,  but difficult  par-four that
doglegs  to the left.  Although only 380 yards from the tips, driver should be
used  off  the tee, as the  fairway is quite accommodating, especially towards
the  right. This will  set up a downhill approach to a long, narrow green with
just  a wedge. Missing  left off the tee will result in thick rough, making it
difficult  to reach  the putting surface. The green itself slopes from back to
front  and right to  left, with a deep trap protecting the left side. The 10th
can be had. The next hole is another risk-reward par-five, that plays downhill
off the tee and doglegs to the left. Aim for the right fairway bunker for your
opening shot and turn it in towards the landing area. A shot of 242 yards will
be  needed  to carry the ridge  in the fairway.  Your second shot to the green
also  requires a right to left turn if you dare go for it in two. The sensible
play  however,  is to just  layup down the right  side of the fairway, leaving
just a short pitch to a very receptive green. Two areas to avoid are the right
side of the landing zone, as a steep incline and thick rough resides while the
left side features deep woods and rough. The putting surface is very wide, but
only 29 yards in depth, with just one trap (front-left). A back flag placement
could  be tough to  get close, but below the hole is key. One word of caution,
do not miss long, as the green falls off severely into the woods. Precision is
the  word on  the 12th tee, a ticklish downhill par-three. The putting surface
is  just 27 yards  in depth and features a bunker on either side of the green.
Missing  left, right  or long  will  spell trouble,  as the  deep rough  would
indicate.  Once  on the putting  surface, you  shouldn't have too much trouble
getting  down in  two.  Choosing the  right  club  off the  tee  is of  utmost
importance.  One of  the most  difficult driving  holes, the  13th is  a bear,
requiring  a tee shot  of 255 yards from the back tees, which must carry deep,
thick  rough.  After accomplishing  this task,  your approach  shot is just as
trying,  as  it plays uphill  to a long green. A back-left flag could mean two
extra clubs. The putting surface features two deep bunkers, one on  each  side
of  the green, which slopes right  to left  and back to front. Making par here
will  be a  chore. Another  spectacular hole,  the 14th is a bunker-laden par-
five, that many believe can be reached in two. "Not I said the fox." Yes, it's
downhill off the tee, however from the fairway, it's uphill to a  green that's
set back to the  right. The landing area  is accessible off  the tee,  with  a
quintet of traps to the right and one large bunker on the left. The layup area
has a 30-yard bunker on the left, 146 yards from the green and another on the
right 80 yards from the surface. Make sure you take enough club to  reach  the
green,  which is  just 29 yards  deep,  but fairly wide. If there ever  was  a
birdie chance, this  is it. Hurdzan and  Fry like to think of the 14th  as the
course's  signature hole.  The dogleg  left 15th requires  more strategy  than
brawn.  Just 382 yards from the tips, a fairway-metal should be the choice off
the tee, thus avoiding the trio of traps on the right side of the landing area
and  setting up  just a  short-iron to  the green. The best approach  angle to
the putting surface is the right side, as it takes the left greenside trap out
of play. The  green can be treacherous, especially with a back-left  flag,  as
balls tend to  fall away  from the green. Pin  placement will  determine  your
course  of  action. Although just  the eighth  handicap hole, the  16th  is  a
monster of a par-four at  465 yards.  Despite playing  downhill, accuracy  and
length  are needed, as the  fairway  is  quite tight with  60 yards  worth  of
traps on the left. From the landing area, the hole bends towards the left  and
will play  at  the  full  yardage, which means a mid- to  long-iron to a  very
small green. The putting surface is fairly round and slopes from back to front
with  traps  on  either  side. Do  not miss  long,  as  this  will  result  in
bogey or worse. Making par here will put you ahead of the game. The final par-
three,  the 17th  will test your mettle.  First of all, the green is almost 40
yards  long, so  the hole  can play  from 180  yards to  215 yards  in length.
Secondly,  the  17th is surrounded by  trees, so swirling wind conditions come
into play. Then of course is execution. Picking the right stick will cause you
angst  as  you try  to keep your  round together. Of  utmost importance is not
missing  right, as  the hole falls off  sharply into a deep bunker. Left is no
bargain  either  with another trap, but  certainly more manageable. This is no
time to go for the flag. Play center cut, two putt and move on. It doesn't get
much  better than  the last. An outstanding par-four of 431 yards, featuring a
225-yard carry to the fairway with the backdrop of the stately Hamilton House.
The  fairway is generous, but you must carry the ridge in the landing area, or
you'll  be left  with a  long-iron.  Two traps,  one  on each  side guard  the
fairway, but they are more for alignment, as it takes a huge blast of over 300
yards to reach. Your approach shot to the green plays uphill, so take an extra
club  to gain access  to this crowned putting surface, guarded nicely by a pot
bunker in front. A fitting end to an outstanding course.

FINAL  WORD: Wow! Words cannot describe how incredible Hamilton Farm Golf Club
is, but I certainly will give it a try. Let's start out with the estate, which
is  second  to none, encompassing over  650 acres of prime acreage in Somerset
County. Next, the amenities. Whatever you need, want, desire...you got it. The
staff, well to say they're accommodating, would be an understatement. Finally,
the   course.  Not   necessarily  in  this  order,  but,  awesome,  beautiful,
challenging,  difficult,  outstanding, phenomenal, remarkable and world class.
Yes, I raided the Thesaurus. Hamilton Farm is a magnificent piece of property,
with first-rate conditioning, a great practice area, knowledgeable caddies and
a  top-notch golf  course. The contours and  angles of the course and the sand
complexes  are impeccable.  "The bunkering  at Hamilton  Farm is  indeed truly
unique  and it  looks like  it's been  there forever,"  commented Dr.  Michael
Hurdzan. Another key ingredient to Hamilton Farm is that it features four sets
of  tees,  ranging from 5,300 to  7,100 yards, so  all levels can play, not to
mention  the 3,100-yard, 18-hole par-three course. So here's what you have. An
18-hole  championship course; an 18-hole par-three course, the only USGA rated
par-three course in the world; a 20,000-square-foot residence (Hamilton House)
with ten guest suites, 11 fireplaces, private dining and meeting facilities, a
wine  cellar and a  chapel; a 14,000 square foot clubhouse; a helipad and it's
the home of the United States Equestrian Team, which uses Hamilton Farm as its
training  ground for  the Olympic  Games.  This is  a retreat  of the  highest
standards. "It's the sort of course that could be a U.S. Open site," mentioned
Golf  Digest. Townsend has  spared no expense to make Hamilton Farm one of, if
not,  the most  exclusive club in the country. Even the course superintendent,
Paul  Ramina,  was previously employed  by prestigious Riviera Country Club in
California, the Director of Golf, Mark Wood, includes PGA Tour winners Stewart
Cink  and Dudley Hart as students, and the head golf professional, Jeff Diehl,
well,  he  was the head professional  and director of tournament operations at
famed  Oakmont Country  Club.  Hamilton  Farm Golf  Club  "is"  the future  of
American  golf  course design and  the standard of  what a private club should