Atlantic - New York - USA

Atlantic Golf Club,
1040 Scuttle Hole Road,
Bridgehampton,
New York (NY) 11932,
USA


  • +1 631 537 1818

  • W. James Matthers

  • Rees Jones

  • Rick Hartmann


No giggles please from Cockney readers... the East End of Long Island has a fashionable area called the Hamptons. Wealthy New Yorkers head here to escape the city heat and to enjoy the cooling seaside breeze. There are a limited number of top-notch golf courses in the Hamptons, but the Atlantic Golf Club is the proud owner of one of them.

The Atlantic is a private members club and Rees Jones laid out the course in 1992 on land that was originally earmarked for housing. The Atlantic course was built with both eyes on the environment and it is still the natural habitat of the amphibious Tiger Salamander and the Northern Harrier, the only North American member of the hawk family known as harriers.

It’s hard to classify the Atlantic course but links-like is probably as close as we can get. This is not links land but the fairways have a lovely undulating seaside style with swales and bumps, hollows and long wispy fescue rough shimmering in the wind. With a freshening breeze whipping in off the Atlantic, the Atlantic Golf Club is a challenging layout which calls for skilful shot making.

The shingle clubhouse is designed in the traditional Long Island style and it provides simple comfort for the Atlantic Golf Club members and their guests.

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Description: The Atlantic Golf Club is a private members club and Rees Jones laid out the course in 1992 on land that was originally earmarked for housing. Rating: 4.8 out of 6 Reviews: 5

The main issue impacting Atlantic is the neighborhood the course is situated. The bar for architectural greatness is all-world with layouts such as Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links of America, Friar's Head, Maidstone and a host of others just below that caliber nearby.

The layout is done well but it's more about the top tier course conditions than the nature of the holes themselves. Say the word "mint condition" and you will certainly see Atlantic rightly cited. However, while the holes are certainly testing the inherent versatility and insightful creations are lacking and not especially noteworthy. In sum, the layout looks superimposed on the land and the merging of man's hand and Mother Nature is often forced together rather than artfully merged.

Atlantic is a testing course and the quartet of par-3's is among the best attributes of the course. Each is uniquely different and the shotmaking challenges presented are done well.

When one plays Atlantic there's respect for the test of golf it offers. But there's little real rapture engendering a profound sense of long lasting memorability and fondness. Place Atlantic in another location and it may stand apart -- however -- in this neighborhood it simply resides in the shadows.

by M. James Ward

4 / 6
Atlantic
May 02, 2018


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This Rees Jones layout is not in the same league as its Southampton neighbours. The land is undulating and the routing is certainly varied, however, the visuals didn’t appeal to my senses. There’s a lot of mixed vegetation lining many of the holes that adds nothing to the appeal. The best part of each hole is the conditioning of the playing surface, rather than the strategy from tee to green. Felt like a good piece of land that wasn’t used to its full potential. The wow-factor didn’t make much of an appearance.

4 / 6
Atlantic
October 17, 2016


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I did it! What an accomplishment! There have been days when I thought this 10-year journey would never end. My quest ended at Atlantic Golf Club on Long Island in Bridgehampton. Designed in 1992 by Rees Jones, it was ranked No.100, and that is a good spot for it. There’s no doubt that Atlantic is great, but it’s one of the least of all greats. I was lucky to have completed the Top 100 at this location. First, a Long Island newspaper published a story on my quest. Second, Long Island is the home of golf in the United States. Third, I played with two friends. We were required to play with someone from the pro shop. Pro-shop assistant Rusty Ripenberger stepped up. The course record was 67 before we tee off, and Rusty shot 33/33 for a 66, a course record (although he tried to play down its “officialness” because some of the tees were not all the way back). Larry Berle
5 / 6
Atlantic
December 12, 2014


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Keith Baxter
December 12, 2014
The above review is an edited extract from A Golfer’s Dream, which has been reproduced with the author’s kind permission. A Golfer’s Dream, by Larry Berle, tells the story of how a regular guy conquered America’s Top 100 Golf Courses (following Golf Digest’s 2001/2002 list). Larry has exclusively rated for us every course in the hundred, using our golf ball rating system. However, Larry did not rate the 100 courses against every golf course he has played, but instead he rated them in relation to each other within the hundred. Consequently, in some cases, his rating may seem rather low. A Golfer’s Dream is available in Kindle format and also on Kindle Unlimited via Amazon... click the link for more. 
If there is a better links-style course outside of Scotland than this, one would be hard-pressed to find it. Built by the “U.S. Open Doctor,” Rees Jones, himself, the Atlantic Golf Club is a masterpiece of a course. The course is brilliantly maintained, and playing it is thus an absolute joy, what with its manicured fairways and wonderful bunker condition. After slight changes were made to the course over the 2006-2007 winter, the course is back in tip-top shape, where it is a serious challenge, to high-handicappers and professionals alike. Fearsome from the tips, the course also poses challenges with its high fescue, its deep bunkering, and its tricky green contours. One must not let the beauty of this spectacular place get to their head, or a loss of focus and a crooked-numbered score is sure to prevail. In addition, the caddies are superb, equipped with rangefinders and a supreme knowledge of this course, and were it not for them, it would be difficult to even put a dent in this formidable opponent of a course. One other spectacular aspect of the course is that with its controlled size of membership, you will have the course almost to yourself. In fact, one time playing with friends, the only other person on the whole course was a Hall of Fame Basketball coach, the great Larry Brown, himself. In short, this is one of the prettiest courses around, and is a privilege every time it is played.
6 / 6
Atlantic
June 13, 2007


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This course tries hard to be Shinnecock, but it falls short. The shot values aren't there. It's pretty to look at but the beauty is only skin deep. The clubhouse is spectacular as are the practice facilities. Since the course first opened the nines have been reversed & the fescue has been cut back considerably to widen fairways and make the course more playable for members. Very Good course, but not one of the Long Island great ones.
5 / 6
Atlantic
September 12, 2006


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