Rankings as of 10/23/10…
6th best modern US course (Golfweek)
53rd best US course (Golf Magazine)
39th best US course (Golf Digest)
Sebonack is an absolutely special place. The accommodations are off the charts amazing, the staff is extra-
ordinarily friendly and helpful , and the course is simply exceptional.
The course was designed by Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus. Doak is known for his perfect blending of nature with
the golf course and his off-the-charts greens. Nicklaus is known for his difficult courses that focus on driving
challenges and long iron approaches. Blending these two together certainly had the potential for making the
greatest course in the world. But given the owner’s desire to one day host the best players of the game in an
Open style championship, the course just might be the hardest course in the world. But it is close to being the
best course as well.
First off, the course/property is knock your socks off, drop dead gorgeous. Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, and Megan
Fox have nothing on Sebonack.
The greens at Sebonack taken as a group are sooooo very close to being the best in the world. The contours
are so wonderful and set up for great/fun putts. BUT they are stimped too high. They were 12 on the stimp meter
the day I played it and if you were putting down the slopes, they were every bit of 15. Given those slopes, I think
that is silly. Slow’em down to 10 and then you’d have the ideal mix of contours and speed and they’d still be
brutally difficult. (FYI, played it again and greens were running around 10-10.5. That was perfect!!)
The bunkering is amazing as are the strategies that can be employed to play each and every hole. I love the
option of playing bump and runs and I love the option to attack the greens from the air. Mis-hit a drive…no
worry…you’ll find your ball and have a recovery, you’ll just give up a full stroke. Fair, I’d say.
The par 3 12th is a mind blower of a hole that reminds those playing it of the “Postage Stamp” at Royal Troon with
a bit of Pebble or Cypress thrown in for good measure.
If I had to venture a guess, Sebonack will get its US Men’s Open someday. In 2013, the women will be playing
their Open there. Watch that one and you will see how brutal this course is. Brutally beautiful however!!
The course measures 7,202 yards from the tips and is rated 77.3/151. And that is not a typo!!!