Golfing Magazine recently announced its 2011 Long Island Dream Golf Club, this season's collection of the Island's finest 18 holes and top off-course facilities. Public golf holes make up half of this year's 6,954-yard layout, which begins and ends with lake-jumping shots at the public Sandpiper Course at Spring Lake Golf Club and the historic private club at Inwood.
Every Monday through the winter, Golf On Long Island will feature one public hole from the Dream Golf Club along with commentary from Golfing Magazine editors. Photographs and additional commentary are provided by Golf On Long Island where available. To view the 2011 Dream Club's 18-hole lineup, re-visit the original post here.
GOLFING MAGAZINE'S 2011 DREAM GOLF CLUB
CRAB MEADOW -- HOLE #8
481 / 453 / 428 yards
Designed by William Mitchell
"At first glance, this is a relatively short and mouth-watering par-5 ... but looks can be deceiving. Your tee shot must avoid the trees on the right as well as a 'nature area' that includes water on the left. If the wind is at your back, you have a chance to hit the dance floor in two -- but only with an approach shot long enough to clear the pond in front of the green, and high enough to hold the green, with bunkers nestled to the right, left and in back. Anything from an eagle to the dreaded 'snowman' is possible on this memorable hole."
Golf On Long Island lists this par-5 as one of Crab Meadow's "Holes to Remember" in the course flyover:
"The ideal landing area off the tee is choked by marshland up the entire left side and thick rough on the right. The hazardous left will cost you a stroke; the rough, a shot at the green. Second shots, conservatively played, must stay straight -- an out-of-bounds roadway pinches into the right side and cuts away valuable hole real estate. The heroic play, a la "Tin Cup," requires carrying a 40-yard pond in front of the hole. Four bunkers surround the green, and a small extension of the pond runs around the green's right side to swallow up shots that had the distance but not the accuracy."
To read more about Crab Meadow, check out the course flyover.