Shinnecock Hills, by every measure, is one of the nicest golf courses in the world.
I had the opportunity to play the course for the second time in my life this week. While the facility is still recovering from the abuse a tour event throws at a course (remember just a few months ago they hosted the 2018 U.S. Open), I found the experience to be absolutely first rate.
On the first tee, the course professional came out to chat with us a bit and entertained us with stories about his rounds with Tiger Woods leading up to this year’s US Open. Unfortunately for me, I tied Tiger Woods on the first hole (compared with his first day round) also getting a triple bogie out of the gate.
Like all the most amazing courses out there, this course is fair and under the right conditions I could feel I would have had a chance to shoot low. The clubhouse plays a prominent role in the aesthetics of the property. It is beautiful and located on top of a hill that looks down on most of the holes. The clubhouse was the first of its kind built in the US.
Another interesting item to note is how favorably Doak rates Shinnecock in his Confidential Guide to Golf series. Doak and his colleagues who wrote the book give the place a perfect 10 point score. As a comparison, August is a 9.
A few other photos of the day: