Seth Raynor was born and raised in Southampton, NY, so it’s fitting that the civil engineer originally laid out the course at Southampton Golf Club in 1925. Brian Silva recently restored the bunkering, returned the greens to their original shapes and sizes and advised on a substantial tree-clearing programme.
Unfortunately Southampton is still largely unappreciated due to its close proximity to the other higher profile courses in the area, which is a shame.
The main anchor on the head of Southampton Golf Club has little to do with what it provides -- but everything to do with the neighborhood it finds itself located. Having nearby neighbors with the likes of Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links of America and the recent arrival of Sebonack can often result in the course being either forgotten or not taken seriously. Southampton would shine even brighter if the stage were not as crowded with such tour de force rivals.
The layout is loaded with Seth Raynor template holes and the terrain has a good bit of movement. The course provides an uninterrupted 18-hole journey. My preference is that the outward side is the richer half filled with Raynor design elements seen routinely at his other layouts. The inner half is located on fairly level land but there are enough bunkers to keep you honest. The par-5 17th alone has, if memory serves, no less than ten!
Those coming to the area and fortunate to secure an invitation to play will reap a fine time.
by M. James Ward