Long Island's 2013-14 winter golf season has been a complete bust, so local golfer and Golf On Long Island reader Ryan Stewart has his eye on the spring. Stewart e-mailed us on the heels of last week's snow/slop storm to ask some questions and share some thoughts on the local golf scene. He also credited Golf On Long Island with inspiring him to set out and play every 18-hole course on the Island, a goal that he needed only one summer to reach.
- Tallgrass: "Fair yet challenging course, and it has a grass driving range, which is a huge plus. I also think Tallgrass has the hardest three closing holes on Long Island (besides Bethpage)."
- Great Rock: Stewart says the course plays much tougher than the scorecard indicates. "The hard fairways and the super-quick greens take a lot to get used to."
- Rock Hill: "I like the drastic change after nine holes...it's like playing at two different golf courses." And with Rock Hill's length, Stewart says, "it makes me feel like I'm playing 20 holes instead of 18."
As far as his ideal Long Island golf course:
"If you could take the back nine at Calverton Links and combine it with the back nine at Mill Pond, you would have my favorite course on Long Island. If you could sprinkle in a waterfront hole from Timber Point Blue, it would make it even better."
Golf On Long Island always welcomes reader commentary -- especially when winter weather halts all action on the course. Have any local-course comments or observations to pass the time until tee time? Send them along.