The back nine at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton is one of the most scenic walks in golf. So says Jerry Wood, who has had the rare privilege of playing at that most exclusive club. But he also loves the vistas at Crab Meadow, a municipal course in Northport.
He got on ultra-private courses through business contacts, golf acquaintances (he is a member at Huntington Country Club, where he once caddied, and Garden City Golf Club) or by registering for charity outings. The executive who serves on the boards of various charities also paid his fee and waited in line to play all five courses at Bethpage and all three at Eisenhower Park.
Island Hills in Sayville was a revelation to him as an A.W. Tillinghast gem. He saw the fog roll in at Timber Point and it reminded him of the classic courses of Scotland. He revisited Shinnecock Hills. His best round of 2013 was the 59 he shot at the par-60 Greens at Half Hollow, a residential-community course that he called “pristine” and a “great concept.”
Sounds like a dream to me… Where would you most like to play?