National Golf Links of America - New York - USA

National Golf Links of America,
Sebonac Inlet Road,
Southampton,
Long Island,
New York (NY) 11968,
USA


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On the shore edge of Peconic Bay at Southampton on Long Island is the National Golf Links of America. “I will not describe that delightful spot again.” Wrote Bernard Darwin in Golf Between Two Wars. “It is one of the best and most enchanting of courses.” Known simply as 'National', this is the ultimate design creation from the father of American golf course architecture. Charles Blair Macdonald apparently coined the term 'golf architect' and his National is a complete masterpiece.

Macdonald’s ambition was to create the greatest course in the United States and he started his mission in 1902 by making the first of five annual summer trips to the UK. He complied details of important features of golf holes analysing why weak holes were often dull and what really made good holes good. In 1907, using his extensive knowledge, he set about creating the greatest golf course of its time. The National Golf Links finally opened for play in 1909 to a rapturous standing ovation.

This is a golf course of monumental historical importance, it’s a “Bear’s Best”, or “Blair's Best” of the early 20th century. Each hole at the National is named and the 2nd, called “Sahara” is based on the 3rd at Royal St George’s. The 3rd, called “Alps” replicates the challenging blind approach shot taken from the brilliant 17th at Prestwick, where a confrontational hill and a huge bunker protecting the undulating green front must be carried. The 4th, called “Redan” copies the 15th at North Berwick where the long green is set at an angle. The 7th, called “St Andrews” uses features of the famous “Road” hole and the 13th is indebted to the “Eden” hole of the Old course.

The National is set in more than 250 acres of gently rolling Long Island landscape. The varied topography is not only beautiful but it’s dramatic too, holding you captivated from the opening tee shot to the last putt. With theatrical green complexes that are extremely varied, putting at the National can be the ultimate challenge. Many greens undulate wildly while others are flat as pancakes but they all share a common denominator and that is their size… they are simply huge. The routing is ostensibly nine out and nine back, but somehow the holes seem to zigzag up and down making the wind an ever-present obstacle.

If you haven’t played the National, you need to hold on to the “six degrees of separation” theory, which proposes that anyone can be connected to a member of the National Golf Links of America through a series of acquaintances that has no more than four intermediaries. Keep that thought in mind. Who knows? One day perhaps?

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Description: National Golf Links of America is a golf course of monumental historical importance, it’s a “Bear’s Best”, or “Blair's Best” of the early 20th century. Rating: 9.8 out of 10 Reviews: 12
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Javier Pintos
Amazing golf course. Very well kept. Great caddies. Traditional Club House. Natural design, no yardage markers. Variety in the holes. Best holes? 2,7,10,17,18. My score: 73 from the tips (Rated 73.1) 5 birdies, 4 bogeys, 1 double.
November 19, 2008
10 / 10
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Mark
April 29, 2009
played it on 4-28-09. Tough greens,blind shots. Temp was 80, with light winds. GREAT CADDIES. Prefect day, played with my son. I hope I get a chance to play it again
Allan Wright
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.
September 06, 2006
10 / 10
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owen
October 22, 2006
Best course. Best Caddies
Steven Bassindale
September 01, 2007
You're right on both counts..Great Course - best greens i have ever played on!! (Sept 05')and great caddies! (One of my best buddies is one!!) Steven Bassindale of Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club, Scotland