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.
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.