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The Ridge At Back Brook

Ringoes, NJ Private

Overview

Northeast of Princeton is The Ridge at Back Brook, another of those great pieces of property Tom Fazio is given on which to build a course. With 150 feet of natural elevation change, Fazio had little need to reshape the landscape, although he still had crews re-carve fairways for visibility and flow. With patches of mature forest of hardwoods and cedars, Fazio had little need to import trees, although a few were transplanted to emphasize seclusion on particular holes. The front nine sits in a valley formed by meandering Back Brook, while much of the back nine is on a plateau high above the front nine. Rock outcroppings are a prominent feature, including a massive one that poses a cross-hazard on the par-5 seventh, veins of rock behind the ninth and 18th greens and the namesake vertical cliff that provides a stunning backdrop to the par-3 eighth.

About

Holes 18
Length 7215
Slope 142
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 2002
Designer Thomas Fazio, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked, 2019-'22.
Highest ranking: 182nd, 2019-2020.
Previous ranking: 189th.

Best in State: Ranked in Top 10 in New Jersey from 2005-2012 & 2019-'22; Top 15 since its debut.
2023-'24 ranking: 14th.
Previous ranking:
10th.

Panelists

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

4.2

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.0665
Character
7.1916
Challenge
7.1465
Layout Variety
7.0807
Fun
7.0284
Aesthetics
7.3924
Conditioning
7.5508

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