200 Tuckahoe Rd,
Southampton, New York 11968
18 holes. Duneland, links course. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original 12-hole course design by Willie Davis (1891), extended to 18-holes by Willie Dunn Jr (1894). This layout substantially redesigned by Charles B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor (1901).
A second substantial redesign was required when the course moved to the north side of the clubhouse (1931). Retaining only five holes from the Macdonald/Raynor layout, the new course was designed by William S. Flynn, with construction supervised by Howard C. Toomey. Apart from the two nine-hole loops being swapped around and some lengthening, the layout has remained largely unchanged since 1931.
1.5 mi W of Tuckahoe, Long Island / 88 mi E of New York City (Times Square, Manhattan).
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, one of the five founding members of the USGA, is home to a championship course that ranks with the world's best. With the National Golf Links of America to the north and west, and Southampton Golf Club on its eastern border, Shinnecock is at the very heart of golf in "The Hamptons". Make no mistake, this "feared" championship course does not earn its stripes simply through the longevity of its existence.
Shinnecock's outstanding array of excellently crafted and challenging holes, many on view from the distinctive grey single-storey clubhouse, provide one of the toughest tests of all the venues on the U.S. Open roster. Here on wonderfully open rolling terrain there's everything you'd expect from a world-renowned links layout ... and quite a bit more.
There's hardly any trees to worry about, and just one water hazard (at the very challenging par-4 6th). However, beyond the good-width fairways lie reddish and straw coloured fescue grasses, as uncompromising as you'll have come across. The plethora of large fairway and steep-faced greenside bunkers create a serious intimidation factor on just about every hole, while the steep sloping green surrounds demand bump-and-run skills of the highest order.
Although the public Tuckahoe Road slices through part of the back-nine, this is a very private golf course and a true aristocrat amongst the world's elite courses. Generally playable only by the club's members and their guests, if you do ever get the chance to tee it up at Shinnecock, grab hold with both hands and savour every minute of this unique experience.
Shinnecock Hills is a private club. Guests may only play if hosted by a member.
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available to rent. Caddies available at all times.
Shinnecock Hills is one of the five founding clubs of the United States Golf Association (USGA), together with Newport CC, The Country Club (Brookline), Chicago GC and Saint Andrew's.
Shinnecock Hills has hosted many top level tournaments and national championships. In its early days the club staged the second playing of the US Open and US Amateur Championships in 1896, as well as the US Women's Amateur Championship in 1900. More recently the club hosted the Walker Cup and further US Opens, including the 2018 US Open (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Shinnecock Hills).
World: 4th best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
USA: 4th best course in the USA (Golf Digest, 2019/20).
State: No.1 course in New York (Golf Digest, 2019/20).
Women’s major championships: the month of June sees two women’s majors: the US Women’s Open (June 3-6), with A Lim Kim defending, and the Women’s PGA Championship (June 24-27), with Sei Young Kim defending.
Senior PGA Championship: the revered Southern Hills in Oklahoma hosts the 81st staging of this event (May 27-30); Ken Tanigawa holds the title from its last playing in 2019.
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