The hot, steamy, rain-free days of the Summer of 2010 delivered a beating to lawns and gardens across Long Island and the small, mostly flat greens of the Brentwood Country Club. Bare brown patches dotted a handful of putting surfaces around the short par-72 on our last visit.
Luckily, if you're teeing it up at Brentwood, you're probably not there for manicured conditions or a smooth roll on the greens -- instead, you're there for the open driving holes and a string of pint-sized par-4s. The eighth hole is the first of six consecutive par-4s that, with the exception of the 386-yard 12th, all play less than 360 yards from the tips and 310 from the middle.
Brentwood's fairways seemed to have survived the hot temps and are in nice shape entering the Fall. Off to their sides, the thin rough gives way to hard, dried dirt in some spots. Considering Brentwood's bunkers have no rakes, most traps were surprisingly smooth.