A Cornish Classic Tree Hole

Cornish design traits, like the tree we have on No. 4, live elsewhere in New England.

This is Robert McNeil showing me one of Geoffrey Cornish’s classic tree holes at a nine hole golf course called Kings Crossing G.C., which McNeil also happens to own.

Robert McNeil is a New Englander who plies his trade as a golf course designer, and was brought in by Paul Grillo back in the late 1990s to update the layout and design of Sterling Farms Golf Course.

Tree Trouble

All golfers familiar with Sterling Farms will appreciate the trees which come into play on several holes. Geoffrey Cornish was the original golf course designer of Sterling Farms, as was known for placing trees in places where most of us go.

It is a devilish bit of trickery, and keeps us thinking.

McNeil Left No. 4 Alone

The tree on the par 4 No. 4 hole at Sterling Farms is another example of a Cornish classic tree hole.

We all contemplate that monster, at one point or another, when playing that golf hole.

It’s a real stickler!

From the desk of Paul grillo, executive director, Stamford Golf Authority

Welcome to Sterling Farms Golfer. Over the past five decades, Sterling Farms has evolved into one of the premiere golf destinations anywhere in the region. We continually strive to maintain, if not exceed, that distinction, and know we owe it all to our Stamford families, friends and neighbors, as well as our patrons like you. Now is the best time of the year to play our spectacular 18 hole championship golf course. Our Golf Course Superintendent, Mike Golden, and his whole team, are leaders in the world of greenkeeping, and we are very proud of the quality of their hard work. I think you'll find our putting greens, fairways, tees, roughs—and every landscape feature here—reflects their devotion and hard work. It is spectacular. Sterling Farms is home to the area's top driving range facility. You won't find a better value, or level of quality, anywhere! We take great pride and joy serving you, and our local community. On behalf of all of us here at Sterling Farms, welcome and thank you!
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