Gopher Golf Course Review - The Creek

The Creek
Public/Private: Private
Location: Locust Valley, NY (Long Island)
Course Rater: Steve H.

The Creek offers some of the highest highs in golf. The holes that play out to the water and in the sand dunes are some of the finest in the tri-state. The course was built in the 1920s and has outstanding classic golf course architecture. It was designed by C.B. Macdonald & Seth Raynor in 1923 and had some redesigns by Gil Hanse & George Bahto 2011. The course plays at 6,459 yards at a Par 70.

Pros: Incredible scenery, water views of the Long Island Sound, and outstanding course condition. I loved the sand dunes/waste bunkers throughout the course. The 10th and 11th holes were memorable along the water.

Cons: The first four holes are a little bland compared to what is to come with the rest of the course. Numbers 2 and 3, in particular, felt almost exactly the same. The fairway bunkering from the tee box looked incredibly similar to me. The conditions were excellent but some of the "new" greens that were re-done by Gil Hanse were playing a little firmer than the others. I'm guessing they just need time to settle in a bit.

The Creek is a terrific course that one would never tire from playing. While I think the course has a few holes that aren't overly inspiring, this is made up for by the outstanding quality of the top holes and amazing scenery. Although the course is private, if you have an opportunity to play it or join, I would highly recommend it.

Course Condition: 9 out of 10
Scenery: 9.5 out of 10
Difficulty: 6 out of 10
Overall Grade: 7.5 out of 10

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