Opened in 1891, the 18-hole Shinnecock Hills golf course offers almost 7,000 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. It has a 74.5 course rating and a 140 slope rating. It is a high-status links-style golf club located in the hamlet of Shinnecock Hills in Southampton on Long Island in New York. It has hosted the US Open four times in three different centuries (1896, 1986, 1994, and 2004). It is the oldest formal organized golf club in the US and has the oldest golf clubhouse in the country. In addition, it is also the first golf club to admit women.
Since its initial design by Willie Dun, updates by William S. Flynn, Charles B. Macdonald, Howard C. Toomey, and Seth Raynor have made a treeless, sandy, and dull landscape into a beautiful and top-class course. Described as “perfect”, “ruthless”, and “the ultimate test of US championship golf”, it has gained multiple honors.
Shinnecock Hills golf course is made up of amazing mix of holes: the par 3s vary from the 226-yard 2nd to the 158-yard 11th. The 11th requires a lofted shot to the smallest green on the golf course. The course only has two three-shot holes, the famous 16th hole and the rather short yet narrow 5th.
Its world-famous Redan hole (7th – 194 Yard Par 3) is an icon for all golf course architecture aficionados. The small green slopes from right to left, proving to be the hardest Redan many people have played because of the small putting surface. The clubhouse is also an outstanding display of golf history and architecture. The gorgeous structure features a nice locker room and also boasts a striking porch with unlimited views across one of the country’s best golf clubs.
Overall, simplicity is one feature that best defines Shinnecock Hills. But the concept of simplicity, like the concepts of grace and beauty, is difficult to adequately put into words. But take a round and you will know why.