I’ve had the luxury of playing some great golf courses over the years, including the National Golf Links on Long Island and Trump International in West Palm Beach. But my home course, East Hampton Golf Club, reigns as my favorite. I really love the membership, not to mention the club’s proximity to my home. Most of all I love that I still can’t master the Coore & Crenshaw design.
I picked up golf about seven years ago. I’ve played tennis all my life, but I am nowhere near as good as when I was younger. It was frustrating to be at a standstill on the court, so I decided to try golf—I wanted to improve at something. I’m not very good at this game, so there will always be room to get better.
To me, East Hampton is really two courses in one. It’s linkslike on the way out, with lots of fescue and natural sandy hazards. The back nine is heavily lined with tall trees and has more of a parkland feel. The course is relatively short, and it was designed for walking, which I really like. I mostly play during the summer, so I try to get out early and beat the heat. I tee off in a twosome around six-thirty in the morning—not all the time, of course, but that’s what I aim for.
I’ve only made one eagle, and it was at East Hampton. I did it on the par-five sixteenth. It’s really a three-shot hole, even for long hitters. I was about 140 yards out in two and pulled a seven-iron, and to my utter surprise the ball went in the hole! It was complete luck, but it felt great. Triumphs like that keep me coming back for more.
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