December 30, 2022
As a New York Metropolis resident, I’ve grow to be fairly used to muni golf. I’ve even mentioned it modified my life. I’m a daily at Bethpage (#blessed), Marine Park, Van Cortlandt, and so forth. It’s wonderful to stay someplace that’s near a lot accessible golf.
However, on the danger of sounding elitist and out of contact, I’m going to say what we’ve all thought not less than a time or two — nation membership golf is … SO good.
I imply, the tempo, the course upkeep, the facilities! However like many people golf lovers, I’m not fairly there in life. Wanting again on 2022, although, I really feel fairly fortunate for the golf alternatives I’ve loved.
This hidden gem in New Jersey is my favourite course I performed in 2022
In early fall — the time simply earlier than the leaves began to vary, when the climate is heat however you can begin to really feel that little chill within the air, when a spherical of golf is totally excellent — I had the nice pleasure of being invited to Nassau Nation Membership.
The course is positioned in Lengthy Island’s Nassau County (therefore the identify). It’s just a little greater than a stones throw from NYC and solely requires one Lengthy Island Railroad switch after which you’ll be able to stroll from the station to the course. Apparently, that’s by design. The unique founders had the railway expanded so the final cease would drop them off instantly on the membership. Informal, ha.
Based in 1896, Nassau C.C. is among the oldest golf equipment within the nation. That’s obvious as quickly as you step onto the property and see the clubhouse. It’s about as old-school because it will get all the way down to the inexperienced plaid wallpaper and uncovered picket beams. Even should you’ve by no means heard of the membership, you truly in all probability have. Ever place a Nassau wager along with your weekend foursome? It was invented there manner again within the early days of American golf as a well mannered approach to hold somebody from falling out of a match too quickly.
The membership’s early historical past is fairly cool — one other candy perk of New York golf (each private and non-private). However it doesn’t finish there.
Nassau CC has a fully basic structure, speedy greens and a candy, old-school clubhouse (with a really scrumptious chipotle rooster wrap).
Sturdy contender for my favourite course I’ve performed this yr 👀 pic.twitter.com/Oua6dsh3z2
— Emily Haas (@emilycarole_) October 2, 2022
Right here have been my post-round ideas and some photos of the membership from my expertise.
Bobby Jones’ famed Calamity Jane putter was given to him after a spherical at Nassau C.C. Actually, in my expertise, the greens are robust sufficient to encourage a putter change in even essentially the most assured of putters. However that’s truly new.
The unique mixture of holes have been designed by a committee of members who pulled concepts from the perfect programs they’d seen, giving the course its completely basic appear and feel. Over the membership’s 125+ yr historical past, it’s been renovated by the perfect within the biz. Throughout Jones’ period, modifications have been made by Seth Raynor, Devereux Emmet and Herbert Sturdy. The course has been touched by many alternative architects over time. In 2012, Tom Fazio redid the entire greens, making the course what it’s in the present day.
It’s a difficult take a look at of golf that’s completely manicured and rounded out with the nation membership staples you’d anticipate — a pool, racquet sports activities and glorious meals. For me, this spherical was an actual deal with.