Copyright USGA/John Mummert
Joe Raynor/Courtesy of Shinnecock Hills GC
Photo by Dom Furore
Generally considered to be the earliest links in America, heavily remodeled by C.B. Macdonald, then replaced (except for three holes) by William S. Flynn in the early 1930s, it’s so sublime that its architecture hasn’t really been altered for nearly 50 years. Most trees that once framed many holes have been removed, and in 2012, the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw did make a few changes, mostly green expansions and new mowing patterns, to prepare Shinnecock for the 2018 U.S. Open, won by Brooks Koepka. Shinnecock will again host the U.S. Open in 2026.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 1967.
2023-'24 ranking (and previous): 4th.
Highest ranking: 2nd, 2007-2008.
Best in State: Ranked Top 5 in New York since 1977.
Current ranking: 1st since 1991.