Owned by potato farmer Pete Bistrian, the 123-acre site for the East Hampton Golf Club course received “concept approval” back in 1978 but another two decades would pass before the 18-hole layout was finally constructed then opened for play in 2000.
Holes 1 to 7 are laid out on flat, open terrain, with fairways flanked by wispy fescue in a very links-like golfing environment. The remaining holes are then routed through an undulating, wooded landscape, which some commentators have likened to Pine Valley.
Highlight holes include the short par four 2nd, with a small central bunker cut into the front of the green and the signature par five 5th, where a large waste bunker forms the strategic interest on this hole.
On the back nine, heavily bunkered, raised greens feature at the doglegged par fours on holes 12 and 13, another sandy waste area threatens between holes 15 and 16, and players putt out on the home green at the 18th on the course’s smallest putting surface.