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TPC River Highlands



Essex County Country Club

West Orange, NJ, United States Private

Overview

Essex County Country Club has been touched by some of the game’s best designers, with A.W. Tillinghast routing a new layout on the current site in 1918. Seth Raynor kept seven of Tillinghast’s original holes (Nos. 1 through 6 and the ninth) during a 1925 redesign. Before construction began, Raynor passed away, leaving his associate and Charles Banks to do the rest. Banks favored the template holes of Raynor and Macdonald and his brilliant renditions are still standouts today, including a Redan, Double Plateau, Alps, Punchbowl and Eden. A young Gil Hanse extended the course to 7,100 yards, added fairway bunkers and removed thousands of trees. In the fall of 2023, Hanse and his team will return to perform some updates—most notably reinvigorating the dogleg-left opening hole—continuing the portfolio of great architects to have worked at this storied New Jersey site.

About

Holes 18
Length 7091
Slope 142
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1887
Designer A.W. Tillinghast/Seth Raynor/Gil Hanse & Jim Wagner (2023)

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Best in State: Ranked in Top 15 in New Jersey since 2015.
2023-'24 ranking (and previously): 13th.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.2

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.1959
Character
7.2175
Challenge
7.184
Layout Variety
7.2667
Fun
7.1213
Aesthetics
6.9356
Conditioning
7.2891

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