Fans of cubism may prefer the courses of C.B. MacDonald, Seth Raynor, and Langford and Moreau. Although Devereaux Emmett was no stranger to squared-off features, his collection of bunkers at Huntington Country Club on the north side of Long Island will appeal much more to abstract artists.
Among the sets that attract the most attention are the bunker at the end of No. 10’s fairway, which is divided into a tight “C” by a ridge running through, or the very curious hazard off the left fairway, which is open for interpretation regarding what it resembles. The bunkers separating the shared fairways of Nos. 5 and 6 somewhat resemble the church pews at Oakmont. There is only one thing that all of these items have in common: You don’t want to be playing out of them.
The par five at No. 7 may have the most interesting shape of all, and it’s not a bunker: The green is pencil thin, making a potential eagle putter earn their admission to the putting surface with a laser-guided shot.
The course is approaching its centenary, but play has not changed much since its inception: Emmett’s sand hazards are well-maintained, and the yardage from the longest tees stills plays to just 6,400 yards.
The array of quality golf options on Long Island along makes it one of the very special places to play golf. The key is having some sort of access because the overwhelming bulk of layouts is on the private side.
Huntington is rarely spoken about when many come to the Island because of the desire to play more of the "named" layouts. Make no mistake about, HCC is true to its roots and the club has wisely seen fit to preserve the character of its creator -- Devereux Emmet. The land is well used and there's sufficient movement so you will encounter a range of holes which are skillfully protected by a range of bunkers.
The layout is at its strongest for the first dozen holes -- plenty of variation and players will be routed to different corners so adjustments are routinely called upon. The par-4 10th is one of my favorite holes on Long Island with its shotmaking requirements front and center.
Amazingly, if HCC were located anywhere else but Long Island it's overall standing would be far more appreciated.
M. James Ward