There is much more to the front nine than meets the eye. Set in 350 acres, this rugged course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and opened for play in 2003 with the philosophy that golf at Friar’s Head should be about options and creativity. changes – stretched unevenly to the south, they uniformly ended This brilliant succession of holes includes the par five uphill 14th, the downhill, signature par four 15th, the blind tee shot, par four 16th, followed by the postage-stamp, par three 17th. Member Adam C McDaid, PGA. The 15th was a natural running toward the sound in the top left corner of the photograph above but finding the 16th hole and giving it good golfing qualities was crucial. I don’t believe that for even a second. Was this review helpful? John Sabino is the author of How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs, Respond to above review  He received the inaugural 2010 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award, presented annually to the top minority men's college basketball coach in the nation. See other reviews from Nicolas, Respond to above review  How many courses offer the perfectly flowing round of golf, where each relaxing breathe of air you take confirms you are in a peaceful oasis for which the outside world does not exist and once the round has ended you can’t believe it flew by that quickly. But then I got to the last 6 holes and I stopped comparing. Further supporting the 9th being tougher than it looks is the dune like bunkering to the left and behind the green where often times a decent shot that winds up in this bunker, leaving yourself a brutally hard up and down. The Friars play the Eagles, ranked No. Found it similar to 7 that it is easy to get on in 3 without using the big stick. Guest Information: Directions: Course Ratings: Member Login. I'm scratching my head why this isn't top 10 material. Was this review helpful? Friar’s Head is located at Riverhead, New York a short distance from Shinnecock Hills.Set in 350 acres, this rugged course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and opened for play in 2003 with the philosophy that golf at Friar’s Head should be about options and creativity. A unique opening hole presents itself to golfers at Friar’s Head with an elevated dance floor where you can’t run the ball into the green due to the heavy grass and scrub that climbs up the bank towards the green. Walk to 16 is awesome as you overlook the sound. Marquette was scheduled to play Prairie View A&M on Friday, December 11th, but it was announced during the Providence game that a COVID issue … The approach shot into the 16th is now to a newly positioned green which is a sliver of a surface angled away from you. These are the holes that make Friar's Head one of the better courses in the USA, - hole 1, a cracking par 4 over sandy waste to an elevated green- hole 5, a short par 4 with a wonderful green- hole 7, a very attractive par as the course heads back into the sand- hole 9, a delightful par 4 dogleg- hole 10, a unique par 3 semi blind over a dune- hole 14, a dramatic par 5 as the course heads back into the dunes- hole 15, a lovely downhill par 4 heading for the sea- hole 17, a ripping par 3- hole 18, a strong par 4 finishing hole with a blind tee shot. The 16th is a hole you will remember for its approach shot and challenging green. See other reviews from Marc Bender. The sites of Friar's Head and Royal St.George's in England share the common attribute of having both wild dunes and flat portions as well. Of course, there are subtletiesin theapproach with a slight rise at the front left corner of the green nudgingballs into the awaiting left greenside bunker. The tee shot looks more intimidating that it is since again you have a more than ample wide fairway awaiting your approach shot. The views from every angle of the course are majestic. InMarch 1998, Coore returned to the siteandhis break came when he stumbled upon the shoulder of a sand dune that was completely masked under years of organic matter and debris. In theearly springof 1997, just such an opportunity presented itself when Ken Bakst invited Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to tour a 350 acre block of land outside of Riverhead onLong Island. A menacing uphill par 3 8th hole surrounded with sandy scrub is a sight to behold, as is the view from the epic 9th tee towards the Long Island sound and the breath-taking beauty of the sandy rolling landscape that soaks up your imagination. How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs. The 18th is a very strong finisher as you would expect from any top rated course. Set in 350 acres, this rugged course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and opened for play in 2003 with the philosophy that golf at Friar’s Head should be about options and creativity. 6 is a dogleg left that has waste bunkers to avoid left of the fairway, plenty of room down the right all the way on this hole. Initially, Bakst drove Coore and Crenshawonto the propertyvia an oldservice road. It’s certainly on the short-list while marching like soldiers up to a roaring amphitheater of sand dunes. Outstanding golf, great facilities, very comfortable guest accomodations. It's set up as a walking course, and the caddies and overall service levels throughout are first class. Note too how the hazards are actually in play and dictate strategy, as opposed to being pointlessly to the sides of the hole. Golfclubatlas.com website co-founder John Morrissett and It would not be immediately intuitive that a hole would fit in this narrow corridor. Great care was taken in creating wide corridors to transition the golfer from dunes to field and vice versa. The par 3 17th sits on a bluff and I loved the variety in the tee markers. When it comes to golf course architecture Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw are “bogey-free” with their design work. the The unbroken tree line This will be the second home game for the Friars, who opened up the year at Alumni Hall with a 96-57 win over Fairfield. abruptly when giving way to the farmland. Friar’s Head was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and is ranked 23rd on Golf Digest’s latest ranking of America’s 100 Great Golf Courses. The par 5 7th is a fabulous short par 5 that features what Bill Coore says is one of his favorite greens that he worked on. significant and wild topography with 50 to 75-foot steep elevation The tenth hole starts off the back nine with a jolt. The 10th hole is often talked about as being unique because a mound obstructs much of the view of the huge green. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . For the rest of 1997, and with no signed contract, Coore made several sitevisits to study the complex dunes portion of the property. course!” That innocent remark, made by a golfer on completion of It's one I'm really keen to return to one day and certainly deserves much deeper study.