I was lucky enough to play this great course one afternoon in April 2006, after a round at Shinnecock Hills in the morning ! It is remarkable as a true recreation of British links golf design, and one that is as valid to play today as when first played nearly 100 years ago. The key qualities are the strategic nature of the layout, and the amazing variety of green complexes. At most holes there is a clear choice to be made from the tee, with several holes featuring true fairway bunkers (ie with fairway either side). And, charmingly, three of the very best par fours you will ever play, 14, 15 and 17 are each well under 400 yards long, even from the back tees. To cap it all is the amazingly un-American clubhouse, four square and massive between the 1st and 18th holes, consisting of one vast old style panelled smoking room after another. A great experience, and wonderful caddies.
Date: September 05, 2006