In 2013, I took my first golf buddies trip. Unlike conventional trips to resorts like Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, or Bandon Dunes, we headed out to Long Island, NY. We are fortunate enough to be able to leg out access to private clubs through our personal and professional networks. This is the birthplace of golf in America, and for those lucky enough to have the connections, it is a must do trip.
We got off the plane and headed straight to Piping Rock. Walking to the practice area and seeing most of the front nine laid out before me was intoxicating. Growing up playing many of the great classic courses on Chicago’s North Shore only partially prepared me for the impact. The effect was similar to seeing the ancient city center in Rome – visually stunning, and oozing with history.
Our trip just got better as we played Shinnecock Hills, Maidstone and Friar’s Head. One amazing track after another. Needless to say, we were hooked and headed back for more this year. In subsequent conversations about future annual trips, we have dismissed all ideas of going anywhere else. The supply of world-class golf is nearly endless given that we have expanded our scope to include Philadelphia, Boston and other areas of New England.
I have become our crew’s researcher and planner, which plays into my obsession with golf course architecture – (especially from the Golden Era).
I created a Google map to keep my findings organized, and to track our progress over the years. This map is now public (tinyurl.com/JasonWayNEGolf). Hopefully, it will be a help to other golf adventure junkies. And of course, if you have a recommendation, feel free to share.