COBBLESTONE CREEK COUNTRY CLUB INTRODUCTION
Cobblestone Creek Country Club was founded in 1991 by the Wilmot family. Designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan as an inland links style course, Cobblestone Creek was ranked by Golf Digest in 1992 as the tenth best new course in the United States and, in 1993, as the thirteenth best course in New York state. While still a relatively young club, it has hosted many prestigious events, including the New York State Amateur Championship and Hurricane Tour and AGJA tournaments. Ownership of the Club transitioned from the Wilmot family to the membership in 2019. The Club has experienced continued success over the years, is family oriented, and its members appreciate and take pride in the Club’s relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
The course occupies 412 acres of hills, meadows, woodlands, creeks, ponds and wetlands. Hurdzan used the topographical features, including many elevation changes – the view to the south from the highest point on the course, the 17th tee, is exceptional -- to design an aesthetically beautiful course that is a challenging test of golf. Small water collection areas were expanded to create ponds near the greens on holes 9 and 18, creating dramatic finishing holes for each nine and enhancing the scenic views from the Club’s patios. These ponds and two others on holes 6 and 10, a meandering creek, protected wetlands, and cross bunkers serve as forced carries of varying distances on several holes, creating different risk/reward scenarios.
Mounds and hollows on the fairways help define target areas as well as cause unpredictable bounces and rolls. Tall fescue grasses, bordering many of the fairway roughs and massed near water areas, can be seen from almost any place on the course and contribute to the venue’s overall beauty while creating undesirable resting spots for waywardly hit balls. Originally the course was significantly treed. An aggressive but thoughtful tree-removal project has made the course more playable, opened up vistas, and allowed greater air circulation and exposure to the sun, benefitting the turf, but mature trees of several varieties remain an important part of the natural beauty of the layout.
The most distinctive course features are its greens. Some might describe them as whimsical. They are large and, like the fairways, undulating; some are long and narrow, some are wide and shallow, but without exception they have slopes, slants, contours and subtleties that truly test putting skills, and with many greens having severe uphill or downhill surrounds, an imprecise approach shot might well result in having to play the subsequent shot from a less than ideal location.
Cobblestone Creek has strong golf programs for women and for juniors. And having seven sets of tees ranging from 6866 to 4216 yards, the course has appropriate length options for players of all abilities. Each hole is unique and no two rounds play the same, so boredom when playing or replaying the course is unlikely if not impossible. In addition to the beauty and challenges of the course, members can enjoy first-class dining and amenities that include a well-equipped fitness center, state-of-the-art golf simulators, a swimming pool and tennis courts. Moving forward, the Club will build upon the success it has enjoyed, providing memorable rounds of golf, enhancing the membership experience, and maintaining the friendly and easygoing culture the membership values.