Hidden Gem: Tallgrass Golf Course in Shoreham, Long Island

This is one of the few publicly-accessible golf courses designed by famed architect, Gil Hanse. Tallgrass opened to rave reviews in 2000. What was once a pancake-flat sod farm was shaped in a links-style layout that challenges even the most accomplished golfers when the wind howls out of the Southwest.

Over the years, Tallgrass has earned a well-deserved reputation as being one of the best layouts in all of Long Island, but for whatever reason, has never fully caught on with avid players. Ownership of the course has changed several times since it opened, not always for the better. At times, course conditioning was allowed to languish. Golfers like myself have also complained about overbooking mishaps that have led to six-hour nightmare rounds.

The combination of beauty in the landscape, creativity in the design and fun and interest in the play of the course is what makes Tallgrass special. — Gil Hanse

More recently, there’s been talk that this affordable and walkable facility will be sold to a final owner in 2016 and will be shut down. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. There’s just not enough golf courses on Long Island (public that is) that offer a quality test of golf in a manner in which the game ought to be played.

Some more information about Tallgrass, including flyovers and course strategy.

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