Knollwood Country Club

Knollwood Road Extension
Elmsford, NY 10523
(914) 592-7411

Knollwood is well known as being the home club of the famous Turnesa family of golfers. Chief among them was Willie Turnesa, who won the 1938 and 1948 U.S. Amateur.

The signatures of Seth Raynor and A.W. Tillinghast are evident on the course today. The terrain is very hilly in spots, which undoubtedly delighted Raynor, giving him the green settings and fairway undulations he relished. Knollwood’s signature hole is the par 4 18th hole, one of the hardest in Westchester County.

One of Knollwood’s charter members in 1894 was Lawrence Van Etten, a civil engineer who planned many of the residential communities in and around New Rochelle. Van Etten’s maiden golf design was Knollwood’s par-69 test of just 5,305 yards that proved the “lay of the land” was every bit as important as length when it came to building character into a golf course.

Van Etten’s short course was very popular, and for years Knollwood resisted lengthening it to keep pace with the advances in golf equipment. The opportunity for expansion came in 1925. When plans were formulated for the revised course, Raynor designed a par-3 19th hole because the 18th hole finished some 200 yards from the clubhouse.


Founded: 1894

Course Opened: 1927

Architects: Lawrence Van Etten, A.W. Tillinghast, Seth Raynor, Charles Banks


Championship Tees:

Par: 71

Yardage: 6,398

Course Rating: 71.2

Slope: 132