Shinnecock is the best course I've played in the US, but Kittansett is my favorite. In my opinion, it is better than the two courses in Mass ranked above it (the Country Club and Old Sandwich). The tree clearing that has occurred over the last few years has transformed the place. Wind is now a constant element to consider with each shot. The views rival any course in New England. And the design utilizes the land perfectly. There are jaw-dropping holes (the 3rd), and there are straightforward holes (1 and 18). But there are no boring holes. Kittansett is pure golf, with treacherous greens and a mixture of angles that make a first play extremely difficult. It is a course that you start to figure out the more you play it. And on a windy day, it is all the challenge you could ask for.
Date: January 23, 2020