The Bedford Hills, N.Y., property has installed a 14-by-21-foot replica of its fourteenth green that floats without a land bridge in the middle of a lake below the clubhouse.
The latest creation from Brian Crowell, the head professional at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y., and Michael Lehrer, owner of Home Green Advantage in Armonk, is near-perfect replica of the club’s fourteenth green that floats in the middle of the lake below the clubhouse, the Rye, N.Y.-based Westchester magazine reported.
“It’s the coolest shot in golf,” said Crowell. “It’s the perfect way to settle your bets—or make a few more—at the end of your round. There’s also nothing more satisfying than watching your opponent’s ball splash into the lake after yours lands safely on the green.”
Both Knollwood and Wykagyl have nineteenth holes to settle matches, but the floating green is certainly unique to Westchester and possibly the East Coast. Island greens like the famed 17th at TPC Sawgrass aren’t unusual but nearly all of them actually have a land-bridge of some sort and aren’t floating in the water like GlenArbor’s, Westchester reported.
Lehrer, who has designed and constructed thousands of artificial greens and practice facilities in the metro area, made the 14-by-21-foot green more receptive than normal so that chances of making a successful shot are improved. “I have to admit,” he says, “it’s one of the more unusual projects we’ve undertaken. We had a lot of fun with it.”
No one seems to know who will be responsible for retrieving balls from the bottom of the lake, Westchester reported.
The floating green was the highlight of the Traditions of Golf Invitational, an annual event staged by GlenArbor to thank members of the golf community and media for their contributions to the sport, Westchester reported.