The New Course at Knollwood was founded in 1989 by Jack Harris and his son Jim and is adjoined to the Old Course. A beautiful piece of property to begin with, it was enhanced by planting thousands of trees throughout this unique 18 hole layout and the club opened to the public for play in 1992. Keeping to the philosophy of working with the land, the New Course holds stunning topographical vistas and elevated tee shots. Designed with a good challenge in mind, Jack made note of some of the more interesting golf greens he had played the world over and duplicated some of them at the New Course. Although the New Course is more of a challenge than the Old, it still plays well to golfers of all abilities.

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  1. Jitter Creek – Par 4 (300 Yards)  A fairly straightforward uphill par four gets your 1st tee jitters out by crossing the only hazard which is a creek running across the front of the tee decks. Keeping it in the middle is ideal to hit your approach to this elevated green, which is generous in size and receptive to high shots.
  2. Buried Treasure – Par 5 (472 Yards)  A nice par five in where you can cut off some of the corner on your first shot, to gain a chance to make it in two. Your second shot should be kept slightly left of the green as it is a better entry than to the right. Hazards are trees to the right of the green.
  3. Nemesis – Par 4 (435 Yards)  The Bogey Man stated that this is one of the most difficult golf holes in the country and for good reason. This long par four into a tight green demands a well placed tee shot out of a tight shoot that must be drawn around a 200 year old oak. Landing in the middle of the fairway sets up your second shot which is like threading a needle. Suggest you keep it low and let it run.
  4. Frog’s Pond – Par 3 (128 Yards)  A par three with a shelf at the back of the green is surrounded by trees on both sides as well as a chute to hit out of. There is water in front,  but it is short enough with a large green that you should fair ok with a smooth swing.
  5. Redemption – Par 5 (469 Yards)  The fifth hole is a short par five in which you can get back some damage inflicted on the 3rd hole. The toughest part of this hole is getting out of a very tight shoot to which some suggest 3 wood rather than driver. Get to the top of the hill and the hole is yours with a long iron or five wood to the green. A slight dog leg left and you are there with no hazards along the way.
  6. Out and In – Par 4 (302 Yards)  As stated, the 6th plays out and then in. Take a short iron and punch it well to the right to avoid getting trapped by the forest on the left. Then you must repeat step one again into a tight green. The hazard is being too left on you your first shot.
  7. Longest Drive – Par 4 (406 Yards)  This is a great par four for those who like to hit the ball with conviction. A straight and long par four this needs a solid tee shot to get there in two. This elevated green is long and narrow and with forest behind. If one had to choose, one would be short rather than long.
  8. The Ridge – Par 4 (322 Yards)  Standing at one of the highest points on the property, you may be tempted to hit it left toward the green. I would suggest center fairway will give you a better vantage point for your second shot. Beware of the creek running just yards in front of the green as well as the limited landing area which makes the second shot all or nothing.
  9. Bessie’s Curse – Par 3 (164 Yards)  This par three brings fear to most and has ruined many a front nine. There is no advantage to being short on this all carry over water shot. However there is neither an advantage to being long either due to the trees. So close your eyes and give it your best. The good news is the pro shop will sell you back your wet ball next season for less than 50 cents on the dollar.
  10. Dick Van Dyke – Par 4 (339 Yards)  This uphill par four is a little deceiving with its green a little longer away than it looks. There is plenty of green to work with, however, many leave it short due to the optical illusion at the front. No hazards here just a slight dog leg right to the green.
  11. Drift – Par 3 (139 Yards)  The 11th par 3 is a nice shot over a valley with a green guarded by pines to the back and left. The greatest consideration here is ball movement in the air as the prevailing wind is often right to left which causes drift for many into the pines.
  12. The Orchard – Par 4 (420 Yards)  The fourth hole provides a big hitter with the ability to cut a little off the tee by aiming right of center. The second shot on this par four is into a large green that is a pleasure to putt on, however, the area around the green falls off to the left and preference would be landing slightly right.
  13. Corner 50 – Par 4 (406 Yards)  This par four rewards a big tee shot into the valley with pines to the left and a pond on the far right. The dog leg left shot to the green is elevated and requires some run up as it slopes front to back and has a propensity to ditch balls to the right.
  14. Jim’s Green – Par 4 (344 Yards)  The dog leg left tee shot over the valley should be a good one. If you get stuck in the valley, this green is almost impossible to hit blind. The green itself has an amazing shelf at the front and rolls dramatically to the back with water as a hazard if you are long.
  15. Into the Wind – Par 3 (183 Yards)  As stated this fairly long par three is directly into the prevailing wind and I suggest you drop at least a club. The immediate hazard is that the shot is almost entirely over water with limited bail out and fescue to the left of the green.
  16. Jack’s Argument – Par 5 (474 Yards)  This long par 5 can be very tricky from the tee. Too far left and you will be pulled into the valley of trees – too far right and you must navigate a 100 year old maple sitting dead center in the fairway. After that it’s smooth sailing to a narrow but receptive green that should be played in a low shot entering from the right side.
  17. Long Way Home – Par 5 (550 Yards)  This long, rolling and difficult par 5 is best described as a long shot making hole. Tee shot should be right of the fairway in order to avoid scrub and second shot should be straight ahead despite tendency to cut the corner to the left. The green appears to have a large dinosaur buried underneath and is huge. Don’t be long if the pin is on the top shelf as it is a good fifty foot putt back.
  18. Time to Eat - Par 4 (309 Yards)  You can smell the onions from the BBQ all the way up to the ridge on this great par four. An elevated tee shot placed right of center will keep you safe on this dog leg left around water. The entire fairway has water just below the left edge, so keep it right. The green has a false front which traps many a short second shot as well as water to the left.