I managed to get a game at Shinnecock Hills in 2004 and it was a truly remarkable experience. First off, this is a serious course and each hole is quite unique and differs from the last. The routing takes you towards each point on the compass and when the winds swirls around you can expect to shoot perhaps 10 shots above your handicap. My overriding feeling about this course is that it is incredibly fair, with few blind shots and the hazards laid out before you. Four stunning par threes stick in the mind and the collection of holes around the turn are magnificent. The clubhouse experience is almost as delicious as the course with its panoramic views. I am sure you can see at least a dozen holes from the clubhouse. To cap the whole deal off, the members are just normal friendly folk. Shinnecock Hills is in a class of its own for me and I’d give it the maximum marks for everything except the pace of play which is a little on the slow side for my liking. Magnificent club.
Date: August 30, 2006