First, a big Thank You to the Michael and Horton from theTavern on Jane and all the sponsors for putting together a great golf outing – this their 15th If you’ve never made to this outing… you are truly missing out. Mark the first Monday in August on your calendar and join us next year. This is my third year playing and it certainly did not disappoint. This year all the proceeds raised go to the Kristy’s Smile, an organization dedicate to improving the lives of at-need children on Long Island.
After a solid breakfast at the Tavern, we all boarded the bus for the The Links at Shirley. The driving range and chipping area at the course are great. Each is just steps from the club house which allows for maximum warm up time. The practice green was rolling on the slow side; a fair indicator of what we saw out on course.
As the name implies, The Links at Shirley is built in the links-style with a few pot bunkers sprinkled about. It’s both challenging and fun. You’ll need to carry your driver at The Links, five of the ten par-4s measure over 400 yards (that’s playing from the blue tees). Big greens allow for many different hole locations. Local knowledge helps as the difference in yardage from front to back could be as mush as 30+ yards. Water only comes into play a few times, when it does it is used to great effect.
#1 – A par 5 which plays at 520 from the back tees. This sprawling hole has several changes in elevation with a partially blind shot into the green.
#4 – A longish par 4 which plays 192 from the back tees. Water on your right should not come into play, just make sure to keep you ball left.
#9 – 504 yard par-5, this hole presents a good opportunity to score.
#15 – Playing to the number two handicap, this 457 par-4 has a slight dog-leg left. Trees and water flank the green, so stay on your game
#16 – Long par-3 which plays 223. Water on right, you’re going to need a solid long iron to get there.