Category: Shinnecock Hills

February 28, 2013

Play Shinnecock Hills for $2,500 without being a member

Posted at 3:53 PM by

P1-ShinnecockIf you have $2,500 lying around, you can play one of Golf Magazine's Top 10 courses in the world.

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, ranked by Golf Magazine as the No. 6 course in the world, will hold the fourth-annual Project A.L.S. Golf Classic on May 20, and Larry Olmsted of writes that you can get a chance to play the prestigious course while donating to a project dedicated to finding and funding a cure for A.L.S.

So here’s the deal: There are only 20 foursomes in the field. A silver foursome is $10,000 (or $2,500 per player) and a gold foursome is $15,000. The main difference is marketing for company sponsors as the gold gets you an on-tee sign. Individual spots are also sold at no premium, for $2,500 each. All include brunch, golf, caddie fees (not tips), cocktail reception afterwards and awards ceremony.

Olmsted notes that several celebrated courses host charity tournaments like this one, and outside of knowing a member, registering for these events is one of the best ways to play otherwise exclusive private courses in America. Not to mention helping fundraise for a cure for a disease that has hit close to the sport recently.

A.L.S., also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, became prominent in golf when legend Tom Watson’s longtime caddie Bruce Edwards was diagnosed. Watson is heavily involved in ALS TDI Golf, a fundraising arm of the non-profit ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA.

This event is the 122-year-old course's only charity tournament this year. Tickets can be purchased directly from Project A.L.S.

Because of the small and exclusive nature of the event, tickets are not sold online. If you would like to participate, you can contact Project A.L.S. staffer Erin Fleming at or 212-420-7382.

For anyone eyeing the 2018 U.S. Open as their shot at fame, this is an opportunity to get in an early practice round. The par-70 Long Island course has hosted the U.S. Open four times and is scheduled to host again in 2018.

(Photo: Fred Vuich/SI)

June 15, 2011

Shinnecock Hills to host 2018 U.S. Open

Posted at 11:43 AM by

In a widely expected announcement, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club has been named the site of the 2018 U.S. Open. Here's the release that went out to media Wednesday morning.

Far Hills, N.J. (June 15) - Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, in Southampton, N.Y., has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the site of the 2018 U.S. Open Championship. The dates of the championship are June 14-17, 2018.

"We are thrilled that our national championship will return to one of our country's most-storied venues," said USGA President Jim Hyler. "We are confident that Shinnecock Hills will provide a true challenge for the world's premier players, as it has for more than a century."

The 2018 championship will be the fifth U.S. Open to be hosted by the club, which is the only venue to host the championship in three centuries. In 1896, Shinnecock Hills hosted the second U.S. Open, and James Foulis won the championship by three strokes over Horace Rawlins. In 1986, Raymond Floyd shot a final-round 66 to break out of a tightly bunched field and win by two strokes over Chip Beck and Lanny Wadkins. In 1995, Corey Pavin clinched his two-stroke victory over Greg Norman with a memorable 4-wood approach to the final green. In 2004, Retief Goosen outlasted Phil Mickelson by two strokes to claim his second U.S. Open title.

"On behalf of our members, I am delighted to welcome the USGA and the U.S. Open Championship back to Shinnecock Hills in 2018," said club President Robert A. Murphy Jr. "Shinnecock Hills is very proud of our common heritage with the USGA dating back to the origins of golf in America, and we are equally excited about our strong future together. We believe that our course offers a unique venue for championship golf that stands the test of any era, and are very pleased to have the USGA as our partner in sharing the challenge of Shinnecock again in 2018."

Shinnecock Hills opened in 1891, and the present course was designed by William Flynn and opened in 1931. The 2018 championship will mark the 19th time the U.S. Open will have been played in the state of New York and the 10th time on Long Island. As of the 2011 season, New York has hosted 66 USGA championships, which ranks third among all states.

Along with The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Newport (R.I.) Country Club, Chicago (Ill.) Golf Club and Saint Andrew's Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., Shinnecock Hills was one of the founding clubs of the USGA in 1894. Shinnecock Hills had America's first golf clubhouse (complete with locker room, showers and grill room), which was designed by Stanford White. It was also the first 18-hole golf course on the East Coast.

April 04, 2008

Nice Shot, Wagnah!

Posted at 4:40 PM by Cameron Morfit

April4_wagnerhenry_pressten Here's a funny story I never got to tell in my January 2007 Golf Magazine profile of Johnson Wagner, who is leading the Shell Houston Open at 12 under par as of this posting on Friday afternoon. When Wagner qualified for the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock, he was relatively unknown, despite his accomplishments in the Met Section (Wagner grew up in Garrison, N.Y.). So, too, was J.J. Henry, who was also semi-local (Hartford, Conn.). This presumably is how the starter got the two mixed up. (They look nothing alike.)

As Henry stood on the tee, he was announced, "Now on the tee, Johnson Wagner!" The mistake was quickly corrected, but this being New York, not quickly forgotten. As Henry toured the course that day, any time he hit a good shot a wise guy in the crowd hollered, "Nice shot, Wagnah!" And, of course, I now say the same thing to Henry every time I see him.

(Photos: Wagner, top, and Henry at this week's Houston Open, by Getty Images Sport)

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