Following on from The Masters, it only seemed right to feature this year’s US Open host in Shinnecock Hills. Founded in 1891, Shinnecock is one of the most historic golfing institutions in the United States. It is the oldest incorporated golf club and was one of the five founding member clubs of the USGA.
The original twelve hole golf course was designed by Willie Davis, eventually expanding to eighteen holes in the the spring of 1895. The present course however, was designed by William Flynn and built by Dick Wilson of Toomey and Flynn. The course was opened for play in 1931.
The course takes its features from the natural topography of the Shinnecock Hills, with strong winds from the Atlantic and thick reed-like grasses that border the fairways, offering stunning definition and contrast between fairway and danger. The course provides the feel of a British seaside links course. Long recognised as one of the world’s best courses, the club has hosted a number of exclusive events including the second U.S. Open Championship and U.S. Amateur in 1896. The U.S. Open championship will return here this year and again in 2026 and we can’t wait to see how the players tackle such a unique and difficult course.
Photos from Golf Digest/Stephen Szurlej/Joe Raynor/ Shinnecock Hills GC