Description: Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones as a private golf facility, Hominy Hill was acquired by Monmouth County in 1977, but hasn't changed the class level.
(photo courtesy monmouthcountypark.com)
The course itself is fairly open, with some mid-length par-4s that make the mature rough a very undesirable place to be. The trees aren't sparse, but are far enough off the fairway that they don't always come into play (but add to the wonderful, parkland scenery). Accuracy is a must if you plan to score well.
The greens are fairly large, but are alsmot all elevated, with undulating putting surfaces. More than 120 bunkers defned both errant tee shots as well as wayward approaches, making for a challenging and enjoyable round of public golf that certainly feels private.
Reader Comments: A classic design that has stood the test of time ... The best public course I've ever played ... A straightforard, honest test of golf ... Very difficult and challenging par-3s ... A terrifici layout that tests all your skills ... Not too conducive to beginners.
Built: 1999 Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Website: www.longislandnationalgc.com
Description:"Long Island National takes its place in a setting of golfing wonders on the Eastern End of Long Island."...Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
The beautiful par-3 11th hole. (photo courtesy longislandnationalgc.com)
Now a semi-private golf club, it combines scenic interest, variety, and playability in a par-71, 6,838-yard course with bentgrass fairways framed by beautiful flowing fescue rough. Trees, dramatic elevation changes, and unusual bunkering patterns add to the challenges provided by heather, gorse, lakes, and wind. Awesome lies on hilly landing areas, and small, heavily undulating greens further make this a shot-maker's course. Located close enough to Long Island Sound to taste the salt breeze, Long Island National Golf Club offers an inland course with a Scottish links feel. Only 90 miles from Manhattan, the course also lies close to the famously stylish beach retreat of the Hamptons and the vineyards of the lush North Fork of Long Island. New for this year is a new golf cart fleet and all sand bunkers have been completely renovated. Signature Hole: No. 16, 473-yard Par 4. This long par-4 has a curling fairway to create a bit of a double-dogleg, with big sloping hills that can play havoc even with a well-struck tee ball. You can cut some off the yardage if you tempt the right-side rough, giving you a straight angle into the open-fronted green. If you're an average hitter and play to the left, the second is a bad angle, over a group of bunkers short and left of the green. A very difficult hole that might seem a bit better the second time around.
Reader Comments: A bit of Scotland on Long Island, a true European Llinks-style course. I love the links-type feel with the mix of some new-style, woodland holes ... Some really beautiful holes out here and some that are really quite unique and very challenging. This course demands accuracy, it is very difficult and quite penal for the wayward shot...If you can play well here, you can play well anywhere. Probably the best set of par 3's in the New York Metro area. Management and staff are committed to keeping this facility in tip-top condition and to making you feel welcome, and at home, when you arrive. A must play for every serious golfer. LI National is a real treat. GOLF Magazine—Top 20 Courses You Can Play in New York. Golf Digest—4 Star Rating. Golfweek—Top 3 Courses You Can Play on Long Island.