Surrounded by Japanese holly and snowball viburnum, just down the rustic stone steps from the rose garden, the putting green is a lush green space that once provided an entertaining diversion for Marjorie Merriweather Post’s guests. In the era of American country estates in the early to mid-twentieth century, elements that invited activity were integral design components of the landscape. Hillwood was once home to other recreational components, such as a swimming pool, tennis courts, bridle path, stables, and dog kennels. Post was a long-time proponent of living a healthy life and emphasized exercise along with healthful eating. On a cool evening, she enjoyed bringing golf balls out for a putting competition with family and friends.
The creeping bentgrass turf surface contains nine holes complete with cups and numbered pins. Vintage blue and white lawn furniture and wooden benches allow visitors comfortable spots to relax and soak up the serene ambiance of the gardens. On some days, the putting green is still used for special events and visitors will find balls and putters out on the green.