As far as golf neighborhoods go, the Hamptons is as good as it gets. Thus, sometimes very good courses get overlooked because comparisons to their neighbors like Shinnecock, Maidstone and the National Golf Links is pretty tough. Case in point, the Bridge, which sits inland, near the town of Sag Harbor. Although not directly on the water, the course is blessed with being built on a high piece of ground and the course routing takes advantage of the terrain. Because of the elevation, you also get views of the beautiful blue waters of Noyack Bay and Little Peconic Bay while playing. The fact that the course was built on an old race track gets a lot of attention, as does the modern clubhouse. Overlooked in all that press is the fact that the golf course is very good. I haven’t played too many Rees Jones original designs (he does a lot of renovations), but based on what I’ve seen at the Bridge, he knows his stuff. In particular, he seems to have a knack for locating green sights in natural positions such as hollows, on the sides of hills, or in elevated positions, which makes for a delightful round of golf because it is both esthetically pleasing and fun. The Bridge is an overlooked place to tee it up.
Date: October 20, 2019