Adding to the throwback nature of this links-style course, there are very few yardage markers – not a single sprinkler head is marked. So make sure to bring your rangefinder to Woodmere; you’ll need it. As an added bonus, I’m told that pace of play consistently has golfers done in 4 hours.
Teeing off that number ten, I get to see my second of three split tees, meaning two holes tee off side-by-side. I could see this working nicely on a private course where all the members are friendly.
The third and final split tee box is the hole eleven (above, right tee) which shares it’s tee area with number sixteen (above, left tee). This split tee box is slightly different than the others as tall reeds and a decorative mini-windmill separate the holes. Eleven and sixteen are both par 3s and both are guarded by small ponds in front. I’ll also add a three-club wind knocked down three golf balls into said pond.
Hole sixteen also kicks off three of Woodmere’s best-known holes. Playing from the back tees, hole sixteen is a longish par three with a generous green. Water protects the front of the green, and the back includes three large bunkers. Take more club if you find yourself in-between.
Pictured above is hole number seventeen which is the first of two forced-carry tee shots over water. This par 4 plays 434 yards from the back tees. To carry to the fairway you’ll need at least 140 yards and at 200 yards off the tee you get a couple of fairway bunkers and less room across to land your ball.
The finishing hole (above) offers you one last chance to get wet. Just 100 yards will get you over the water; the real test is how far down the water-lined fairway you feel comfortable biting off. Once safely in the fairway, the ample sized green – framed by a wall of windows in the dining room – calls you home.
PS. In addition to serving Nassau County residents, I could see this being a great club for golfers from NYC – especially Queens. I understand golf-only memberships are available.
PPS. The author did make that birdie putt.
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