This is a course that anyone who is interested in the history of the game, and in truly outstanding course architecture, must play if they possibly can. Over a generally unremarkable piece of land (simple farmland, gently rolling, with a small brook or creek to work with), Hugh Wilson laid out a supreme test of golf that has hardly changed in nearly 100 years. This course is about variety (you play every club in the bag), challenge, and course management. On every tee you have to think exactly where to place your shot, with a high number of risk/reward decisions to be made on both tee shots and second shots. When I played last week the greens were medium speed as winter approaches, but still if you missed on the wrong side you were dead. In addition to the magnificence of the course (described by others, but the finish really must be the toughest in golf), there is the wonderful clubhouse (on a modest scale, similar in many respects to Shinnecock and Winged Foot), where the club's many fascinating trophies and memorabilia are sympathetically and accessibly displayed. I am envious of anyone who is a member of this great club, and very grateful for the chance, albeit fleetingly, to experience it myself. Great course, great architecture, great club.
Date: November 01, 2009