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Hochster Stands Test Of Time

SCARSDALE, NEW YORK | In addition to boasting one of the greatest collections of golf courses in the country, Metropolitan New York is also home to several of the top amateur invitationals in the land. The Travis at the Garden City Golf Club and the Anderson at Winged Foot, to name but two.
Then, there is the William Rice Hochster Memorial Tournament. Held since 1934 at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club in this Westchester County burg, it is a one-day, 36-hole strokeplay competition that attracts the region’s best players.
Part of the Hochster’s luster comes from the quality of the golf course, a well-bunkered A.W. Tillinghast design routed across rolling hills and along stands of heritage hardwoods. The original 18-hole course opened in 1918, and Tillinghast returned to the layout six years later to make significant changes, just after he had finished building the East and West courses at nearby Winged Foot.
Nearly 90 years later, Quaker engaged Gil Hanse to tweak the track, primarily by adding length, expanding greens and restoring bunkers. The idea was to have the course look and play as it did when Tillinghast completed his 1924 reworking, and reviews of his work have been rave.
Quaker Ridge is perennially ranked among the top courses in the U.S. and has hosted important competitions, among them the 1936 Metropolitan Open, in which Byron Nelson recorded his first professional victory, and the 1997 Walker Cup.


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