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Shinnecock Hills Course History

The course opened in 1891 with 12 holes designed by William F Davis. Three years later, Willie Dunn Jr. completed the layout by adding six additional holes. Six new holes were built in 1916-17 in response to the railroad's demands that play no longer continue across tracks which ran through the course. The new holes, designed by Charles MacDonald, were built on newly purchased land north of the clubhouse. From 1929 through 1931, William Flynn built 12 new holes and altered all but one of the remaining six to form the course's current par-70 (35-35) layout.

Shinnecock Hills plays to a yardage of either 6,927 or 6,944, depending on the tee used at the 17th hole. The par-3 hole measures 169 and 186 yards from the two tee locations.

Two previous U.S. Open Championships have been held at Shinnecock Hills. In 1896, James Foulis defeated defending champion Horace Rawlins, 152 to 155, in the second ever U.S. Open. Ninety years later, Raymond Floyd edged Lanny Wadkins and Chip Beck by two strokes to win the 1986 U.S. Open.

Shinnecock is one of the five founding clubs of the USGA, which was formed in 1894.

US Open began in 1913 and has evolved into America's most important golf event. Get into the action with the 104th US Open and witness the world's greatest golfers test their skills on the demanding Shinnecock Hills course.

The club was built on land that formerly belonged to the Shinnecock Indian Tribe and many Shinnecock Indians assisted in the construction of the course.

The course is a narrow links-style design built on undulating terrain that will test all aspects of your game. There is a water hazard that rarely comes into play, however the bunkers seem to be well placed and there are various shaped greens with subtle breaks and severe undulations. The rough comprises of long native grasses that can cause many problems after a wayward shot places you in there. The Club is one of five founding members of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and boosts the first and the oldest clubhouse in the US. It was also the first club to allow women in its membership.

Shinnecock Hills

Yardage: 6,996 yards

Par: 35-35 – 70

Opened: 1891

Designer: Willie Davis (redesigned by William Flynn in 1931)

Shinnecock Hills plays to a yardage of either 6,927 or 6,944, depending on the tee used at the 17th hole. The par-3 hole measures 169 and 186 yards from the two tee locations.

Consistently ranked among the top-10 courses in the U.S., Shinnecock has proven in its three previous Opens that it can more than stand up to the best golfers in the world. At the two most recent Opens played here, the lowest winning total was Raymond Floyd's 1-under 279 in 1986.

Shinnecock was one of the first clubs to encourage females and juniors to participate. In fact, the first four U.S. Women's Amateur champions came from Shinnecock – Lucy Barnes (1895) and Beatrix Hoyt (1896-98).

Controversy surrounded the 1896 U.S. Open when the competitors threatened to boycott the championship if Willie Bunn, a Shinnecock Indian, John Shippen, who happened to be half African-American, were permitted to compete. But USGA President Theodore Havemeyer proclaimed the competition would go on even if Bunn and Shippen were the only to participants. That announcement ended any potential boycott and the championship proceeded with no further complications.

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