How can you not like Maidstone? Fun holes, not too challenging, it's always in good condition (it's supposed to be a little brown, dry and rough), the routing is excellent and the setting and views couldn't be better. It's a course on the ocean, in the Hamptons, that takes you around a massive brackish water pond. The setting reminds you of national but it's on the Ocean, not the sound. Maidstone also offers some unique slopey greens with tightly cut run offs that create a variety of shot options. The course is always in the top 100 but I don't understand why it's not in the top 25. I assume some take points away for 1) resistance to scoring, 2) the fairly flat land and 3) the condition but in my opinion - 1) Try playing it dry and windy 2) It's the best land in NY and the dunes do offer some good hills and ridges and 3) You're probably wrong. The condition offers a taste of rough links-style golf in the US and at Maistone the dryer and faster the more fun. There are no shortage of good holes here, but it's hard to compete with 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 & the driveable 17th. The Short course is pretty fun too.
Date: July 09, 2020