Played it on April 1 and for the awful winter we had, the Red was still a tremendous test and in excellent shape. Then yesterday (April 6), I took photos for Farmingdale State during a match they hosted. The brutal weather (I think at one point the temp was in the teens due to 25 mph winds) gave me inspiration to put everything in black and white. Consider that your fair warning. (I also wrote this about the Red back in 2009 or 2010, I can’t remember.)

Here are five of my favorites:

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FINAL_Jan2013_ExtracoverMet Golfer Extra is an awesome new, digital-only property we’ve been working on at the MGA meant to complement the award-winning Met Golfer magazine. A few months ago (one post ago…sorry for lack of updates, been super busy in the office), I took a shot of the Sebonack practice area with the famed National windmill in the background primarily to show the close proximity of the two renowned clubs (they’re DAMN close).

We chose it as the first cover photo to Met Golfer Extra because the USGA so happens to be visiting both Sebonack (for the U.S. Women’s Open) and National (for the Walker Cup) in 2013. Pretty proud and damn stoked to be a part of this new project. If you don’t get Extra via email monthly, let me know and I’ll add it to our subscription list.

Sebonack Golf Club is the final piece of the Triangle of Golf Course Heaven. Head directly through Shinnecock’s Tuckahoe Road, then veer left to Sebonack or right to National Golf Links.

I chose the former and drove up through Sebonack’s pearly gates and approached their massive Victorian clubhouse, which directly overlooks National. I was there for a few days to cover the MGA’s biennial French-American Challenge. The property was hypnotizing, to say the least.

This is what I saw:
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Sebonack has an uncanny ability to transform an amateur photographer into a pro.

On the first day, winds were gusting more than 40 mph, creating the most difficult conditions I’ve ever seen on a golf course.

Taken through the woods on Sebonack’s practice area.

One of my favorite shots…All hands on deck to get to prep the course (No. 3)

The practice chipping green. If you’re like me, you can never get enough of the National windmill. Never.

View of the clubhouse from the first green.

The Great Peconic Bay is everywhere. This was taken down the stairs right behind the first green.

Peel a tee shot on the par-5 13th and you’ll be left with this approach.

par-3 12th the day of the apocalyptic winds. Sebonack’s staff said they see those whitecaps less than a handful of times a year.

Par-5 18th. That is all.

National’s aura is overwhelming. The roots for a Long Island golfer.

PHOTOS: Montauk Downs

Now you know why Montauk’s clubhouse greets all two of my readers every time they visit this site.

It’s cuz the Links at Montauk Downs State Golf Park (the name my Uncle coined) is my go-to;  A reasonable test of treachery, as they  I say. If you came up to me and demanded I only play THIS course for the rest of my life, it’ll make me the happiest victim on the East End.

Some photos from a 6:10 a.m. July round:

Ancient temple of Montauk

Approach to the par-4 4th hole. Postage stamp green.

Teein’ off on 11. Bye bye ball!

Impossible hole position on the downhill third.

Par-5 7th over water. Soo good.

Par-3 8th. And this is only the second hardest par-3.

Looong par-4 9th.

Holes created by the devil: the 220 yard par-3 12th.

Par-5 13th sits adjacent to Montauk’s party houses. Take a break and have a bloody mary, then make your birdie.

Approach on 16 over water to the most difficult green on the course.

The brilliant but dangerous long par-4 18th.

Gardiner’s Bay Country Club, located on the northwest tip of Shelter Island, N.Y., is more photogenic than Marissa Miller.  The irrigation-less, Seth Raynor design is as green as a football field in September, but thanks to the many sprawling areas of golden-brown fescue, still provides stunning contrast. Just a spectacular place.

This is what I saw:

The great Gardiner’s Bay logo greets all members, guests & hoppers.

The par-4 1st hole from the patio.

The extremely difficult, long par-3 fourth hole. Heads up for the wires.

Which ball washer are you supposed to use?

The approach into the par-5 6th hole.  Most severe left-to-right dogleg on the course.

Don’t hit it right off the tee on No. 8. Otherwise you’ll have to go over that thing.

Par-3 9th. Hole is like, really really good.

Approach to the stunning par-4 10th.

Ring the bell on No. 10 , avoid getting blindsided by a flying Titleist.

The second best shack in the entire world (Shake Shack still No. 1).

A look back to the clubhouse from No. 11.

A sailor’s paradise waits beyond the brush.

Three flags…Can you find ‘em all?

Looking back down the 13th, the No. 1 handicap on the course.

One more of the clubhouse from the back nine. Couldn’t resist.

What would happen if the Black rerouted their 18th to end on the Red’s 18th? I took a brief look.

Took all of these on July 12, 2012 during the MGA/MetLife Public Links Championship.  Enjoy the brilliance amateurism.

Love this one of my best buds headin’ down No. 1

My favorite view on Black; No. 14 looking on 15.

When you live on the course, that’s the only vehicle you need.

Holes designed by the devil: No. 15

Holes designed by the devil: No. 10

Impossible/sucker hole on No. 3

No. 18 with No. 1 of Red in background. For the uninformed; 1 on Red is stupid hard.

Bikin’ down Round Swamp Road (15 in background).

Ry with an approach on No. 1. He finished T8.

Barclays recreating Citi Field on the brilliant 17th.

Barclays reconstructing New Yankee Stadium on 18.

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