The White and Blue nines form the course of first choice at Glen Oaks Club, a 1971 Joe Finger creation. Joel Weiman of McDonald Design Group recently renovated all twenty-seven holes, with trees removed and bunkers rationalized.
The recent updating of the course truly helped matters considerably. I was fortunate play the course both pre and post and the work that's been done clearly resulted in a far more challenging and fun course to play.
When the club hosted The Northern Trust in 2017 the players who competed that I talked to were quite complimentary of the set-up. It did not hurt matters when one of the top three players in the world -- Dustin Johnson -- emerges with victory over Jordan Spieth in a playoff.
The clutter from the trees previously only served to hamper the shotmaking needed.
While the course consists of 27-holes -- the White and Blue combination work best. For The Northern Trust event a composite course was played.
The course provides roughly 60 feet of elevation change and with 260-acres of land there's plenty of room so one does not feel cramped.
Glen Oaks is not in the same league with the likes of nearby courses such as Piping Rock, Meadowbrook and Garden City GC -- which are all within eight miles of Glen Oaks.
Nonetheless, Glen Oaks is a testing layout with impeccable turf grooming. Modern design is clearly its motif and the updating has truly bolstered its case today.
M. James Ward