The golf course at Somerset Country Club first opened for play in 1920. The course was designed by Seth Raynor. The course was renovated by Geoffrey Cornish and Brian Silva in 1979.
The Somerset Country Club golf course is a very demanding course. The greens are large and difficult to read. The signature hole is #2, a 505-yard, par 5, requiring an uphill tee shot to a narrow landing area guarded by large oak trees, then two more uphill shots to the green. "GOLFWEEK" has frequently ranked this course among its picks of "America's 100 Best Classical Courses."
The golf course at Somerset Country Club plays to a par-72 and 6,728 yards. The course rating is 73.5 with a slope rating of 133.
Blue tees: par-72, 6,728 yards, 73.5/133
White tees: par-72, 6,445 yards, 72.3/130
Gold tees par-72, 6,067 yards, 70.5/128
Red tees: par-73, 5,708 yards, 74.8/134
Guest (cart not included), played on Wednesday, January 2010 at 2pm
Somerset is one of the finest courses I have worked and played. The course is usually vacant. It does have a small amount of members compared to other clubs I have been associated with. But that is one of the wonderful things about Somerset. When you get out there in the early afternoon, it gives you a the feeling that it is your course. I have found it to be like a St. Paul golf sanctuary. Well maintained, and if you like classics this is your course. The greens roll very, very true, and the well maintained bent grass fairways. It’s ranked as one of the top 100 “classic” courses in the states. If a golfer has the expectation that the greens will be a flush new recent bent grass, then they will be disappointed. I would imagine that some of the healthiest bent grasses on the green date back years ago. The rough is extremely thick and healthy, can make for a difficult approach at times. The layout is superb and continues to grow on you as you play this course. This course is playable in two and a half hours or you can relax and enjoy its beauty in a four hour round. If you can become a member by all means you should.
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