Tallgrass Golf Course has made it to May despite reports that the course -- the future site of a massive solar farm -- would be closed before the end of April. Management distributed an e-mail last month urging customers to use gift cards before it was too late, yet play continues as the summer approaches.
Ray P. of Huntington ventured east last month to take in what he expected would be his final round at Tallgrass, and detailed what he saw for Golf On Long Island:
"I expected to drive up and see the course's belongings out on the curb, but it looked like the same place to me. There really is no pro shop anymore -- it's just a spare room off the bar area.
"The course itself was the same as always, except the greens were insane. Fairways played firm, allowing some run on drives. The greens were maybe the fastest I've ever played on any public course. I overheard a few guys talking about it before the round, but I still wasn't prepared for the speed.
"On the second hole, which is hard under normal conditions because it's narrow and has two tiers, I four-putted after leaving a wedge pin-high on the fringe. The cup was at the bottom of a slope near the back of the green, and I thought I did a good job playing the break for a tap-in two-putt. Instead the putt just kept rolling and rolling and picking up speed past the hole.
"Fourth hole I putted from the front fringe. Long story short, I was a little aggressive, and the ball slowly but surely rolled through the green and straight off the back.
"The sixth hole is now a par-3, but they don't list the new yardage on the scorecard or have a marker at the new tee, which might be confusing people. While on the seventh tee, I looked back and saw a guy tee off on #6 with a wood. He flew the green and went way down into that gully.
"I really like #9 -- the wind was at our back and I really got into a drive. I'm going to miss walking up that fairway toward the clubhouse. That's if the course actually closes. I know it was supposed to close a while back, too."