Renovations Planned for Metropolis CC in White Plains, N.Y.

Metropolis Country Club will undergo a renovation project at the completion of the 2011 season that will upgrade a pair of par-4s, the fifth and 18th holes.

The work, planned and overseen by golf course architect Dave Heatwole, will slightly alter the two holes and enhance the playability of this venerable golf course in White Plains, N.Y. Famous, as well as infamous, for its relentless dogleg par-4s, Metropolis is making the modifications to meet the changing needs of its golf membership.

The par-71 Metropolis CC was established in 1922, with the original design by Herbert Strong enhanced later by noted architect A. W. Tillinghast. The course features many winding holes as well as a collection of undulating greens.

The tees on the 5th hole will be rebuilt, with 15 yards added to the back tees to stretch it to 401 yards. The dogleg-right will be softened and the fairway will be more visible from the tee boxes.

For the 18th, the goal is to create a memorable finish. The renovation will eliminate the severity of the dogleg-right and add approximately 20 yards to the back tees, lengthening it to 404 yards.

The new project follows the club's renovation of the driving range, which debuted at the start of this season. The hitting areas were resurfaced and a portion of the hitting bays was covered with a permanent awning. The club found that this facility had become very popular and heavily utilized, mandating better use of space, technology and upgrades.

Metropolis has a roster of notable head golf professionals: Paul Runyan (1931-43); Jack Burke, Jr. (1948-50); Joe Moore and Bob Watson (co-golf professionals from 1950-53), Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper (1953-1978); Gene Borek (1980-2005); Ron Philo (2006-07) and Craig Thomas (2007-present).

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