The PCC Golf Experience

“Plainfield Country Club, with gently flowing hills, where golf holes can roll across the landscape." - Donald Ross

The Plainfield Country Club golf course, brought to life by famed course architect Donald Ross, has been celebrated as a consistently top-ranked course in the U.S. by Golf Digest and Golfweek magazines, and has been enjoyed by Club members and guests for nearly 100 years.

Over the decades, the Club has proudly hosted two U.S. National Championships – the 1978 U.S. Amateur (won by John Cook), the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open (won by Laura Davies), the 2011 Barclays (won by Dustin Johnson), 2015 Barclays (won by Jason Day) and numerous State and Regional Championships. The Club will host the first round of the PGA TOUR playoffs in 2020 for the Fed Ex Cup.

Plainfield Country Club is currently ranked 24th on Golfweek's roster of America's Greatest Classic courses, 50th in the country by Golf Magazine and 78th in the country by Golf Digest on their list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.

Golf Staff Contact

Scott Paris, Director of Golf
Phone: (908) 757-1800 ext. 132
Email: scottp@plainfieldcc.com


  • Overview
    • Plainfield Country Club

      18 Holes, Par 72

      Designer: Donald J. Ross
      Year: 1921

      Plainfield Country Club’s prized asset is its exquisite and challenging golf course that tests both your skill and character, and makes a lasting impression with no two playing experiences ever being the same.

      Yardage Rating Slope
      Championship 7091 75.3 146
      Plainfield 6616 73.0 139
      Ross 6434 72.4 138
      Hillside 6205 71.1 134
      Calkins 5637 75.5 142
  • Course Tour (Hole descriptions by Gil Hanse)
    • Hole #1

      Tees Yardage Par H/C
      Championship 432 4 9
      Plainfield 421 4 9
      Ross 421 4 9
      Hillside 410 4 9
      Calkins 404 5 13

      What a terrific opening hole and a great introduction to the course! Ross wanted the ball to move along the ground but this is a good example of a fairway that had become too narrow, so we widened it on the left side, which is the best side for approach to the green. We also expanded the collar to the right of the green. Before we did that, if you missed the green to the right you were dead. We also put in chipping areas, which give you the options of putting, chipping, pitching or hitting a high flop shot as opposed to just gouging the ball out of the rough. We also removed the trees behind the green, which is something we did on several of the holes. They were not part of the original Ross design and they provided depth perception that ran counter to Ross's philosophy.

      They eliminated an element of strategy because it reduced a player's sense of doubt, which is what good architects try to instill. Removing trees is always controversial but it is an important part of renovating a Ross course.

       
  • Scorecard
    • Championship
      Rating: 75.3 | Slope: 146
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Out Total
      Yardage 432 443 196 326 527 164 471 519 368 411 148 588 482 228 372 582 427 407 3645 3446 7091
      Par 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 36 72
      Handicap 9 3 15 13 5 17 1 7 11 16 18 6 2 12 14 8 4 10


      Plainfield
      Rating: 73.0 | Slope: 139
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Out Total
      Yardage 421 437 164 295 509 141 457 495 356 353 136 555 411 186 357 554 409 380 3341 3275 6616
      Par 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 36 72
      Handicap 9 3 15 13 5 17 1 7 11 16 18 6 2 12 14 8 4 10


      Ross
      Rating 72.4 | Slope: 138
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Out Total
      Yardage 421 437 164 295 509 141 390 495 356 353 136 555 380 163 357 517 409 356 3226 3208 6434
      Par 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 36 72
      Handicap 9 3 15 13 5 17 1 7 11 16 18 6 2 12 14 8 4 10


      Hillside
      Rating: 71.1 | Slope: 134
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Out Total
      Yardage 410 425 150 268 490 120 390 456 345 339 110 545 380 163 347 517 394 356 3151 3054 6205
      Par 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 36 72
      Handicap 9 3 15 13 5 17 1 7 11 16 18 6 2 12 14 8 4 10


      Calkins
      Rating: 75.5 | Slope: 142
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Out Total
      Yardage 404 425 118 262 434 105 327 450 310 274 108 512 313 130 323 490 313 339 2802 2835 5637
      Par 5 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 38 74
      Handicap 13 5 15 7 1 17 11 3 9 14 18 2 12 16 6 4 8 10
  • West Nine
    • The West Nine is a popular spot and beautiful nine-hole course for golf enthusiasts of all ages to learn, practice and perfect their skills.  This wonderful course enjoys the same fine reputation, pristine greens and friendly atmosphere as our neighboring Plainfield Country Club .  Memberships are available at the West Nine and this includes only the privilege of golfing on the West Nine Course without privileges to any other privileges at PCC.  The West 9 is Open Year-Round, weather permitting. Any course condition questions should be directed to the Pro Shop (908) 769-3672 or call the Bill Castner, Head PGA Golf Professional, at (917) 208-5197.

      West Nine Programs
      West Nine Info
  • First Tee
    • The First Tee mission is to "impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf with a focus on serving minority and under-privileged you.

      Background

      The First Tee of Metropolitan New York (TFTMNY) was founded in 2001 based at Mosholu Golf Course in the Bronx, the organization has six other Facility locations with full time staff at a golf course or range along with more than a dozen Affiliate sites throughout the area. This includes additional Facilities in Newark and Plainfield in NJ, Bridgeport in CT, Eisenhower Park on Long Island and Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

      TFTMNY serves over 3,000 young people at its Facilities and almost 15,000 through outreach programs in the community focused on reaching out to minority and underserved youth. The unique curriculum, educational programming and core value lessons provide students with important life skills through The First Tee.

      In 2009, Plainfield Country Club became the first private club in the country to become a First Tee affiliate. Plainfield Country Club is giving back to our game by providing through programs offered at the Plainfield West Nine – and support that brings golf and life values to the youth of our community.

      The First Tee Program at Plainfield West Nine is under the the expert leadership of premier golf teacher and West Nine Head Golf Professional Bill Castner. Castner, a Master Golf Professional, recently won the 2015 PGA of America Youth Player Development Award.

      Our program is actively involved in teaching our juniors the NINE CORE VALUES of the FIRST TEE PROGRAM -- Perseverance, Courtesy, Honesty, Integrity, Judgment, Confidence, Respect, Responsibility, and Sportsmanship. Throughout our many programs, we are constantly stressing these values, along with showing them healthy living habits which they can keep for a lifetime.

      The First Tee of Plainfield is also very proud of its PATH to COLLEGE program, which provides scholarships to college students each year. Additionally, participants get the opportunity to learn about the college admission process and tour several local campuses. Our First Tee students also have other scholarship opportunities, as well as mentoring and SAT preparation classes.

      "One of the great things about being alive today is that we have options, especially when it comes to schools," said Luis Pena, Admissions Counselor at Drew University. "You need to take ownership of your college search. There is a school for every single person."

      The First Tee of Plainfield also proudly provided many volunteers for among our participants at The Barclays in 2015. We look forward to bringing our participants to other local tournaments and events each season.

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      First Tee Program
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      More information about The First Tee of Metropolitan NY is available at www.thefirstteemetny.org or by emailing Bill Castner at billc@plainfieldcc.com.


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