June 14, 2015
By Chris Stevenson, Rideau View Golf Insider
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — I am a bit of a golf geek, not as much as some, but probably more than most.
That makes the opportunity to be at a U.S. Open here at Shinnecock Hills, a rich intersection of golf history, architecture and competition, something special.
Shinnecock Hills, a club that was founded in 1891, was one the five original clubs in the USGA and hosted the second U.S. Open in 1896. The history of Shinnecock is close to the history of golf in North America.
The clubhouse, a rambling, shingled building which sits on the highest part of the property, hunched against the constant wind that buffets this eastern end of Long Island, was the first clubhouse in America. It was designed by Stanford White and expanded three times, but remains essentially the same design as in 1913 (the same can’t be said for White who was killed by a jealous husband on the roof of Madison Square Garden in 1906).
The course falls away from the clubhouse across the sandy, rolling terrain that heaves like the waves out on the Atlantic Ocean. The first course was 12 holes designed by Willie Davis. Willie…
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