Friar’s Head is another amazing golf in New York area on eastern Long Island, in the hamlet of Baiting Hollow, a short distance from Shinnecock Hills. Set in 350 acres, this rugged course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and opened for play in 2003 with the philosophy that golf at Friar’s Head should be about options and creativity.
It is a private club where caddies must be used at all times. There are no yardage markers on the course and both members and guests are encouraged to walk the course as opposed to using buggies.
Friar’s Head is routed through rugged, wooded dunes and former farmland. The course starts in the dunes, holes 2 -7 and 11-13 are sited on an old potato farm then the remaining holes are back in the sand hills.
Some of the greens are enormous – they vary in size from 3,000 to 18,000 square feet. Many bunkers are both bearded and huge; others are long strips that are merely huge! To the north of the property, there are 200-foot cliffs overlooking Long Island Sound.
The best holes on the course are 1, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17. That may seem like a lot of truly fantastic golf holes but the way they were constructed are incredible. The par-4 1st hole for example is short but plays to a severally elevated green. Because Friar’s Head doesn’t have any yardage markers you must rely solely on your caddies wisdom for club selection, even in a steady gale force wind.
#10 is an outstanding par-3 that plays to a completely guarded green by an enormous sand dune directly in front. It’s also very long and if the winds blowy, the hole requires a laser low 3 iron. The large green still seems impossibly hard to hit as the mound doesn’t give much of a target line.
Note that the club has a NO PICTURE policy, that’s why we dont provide any picture in the description.