New York / Rhode Island · June 2016
At the beginning of June 2016 four lucky members of the Saints Golf squad (Alexa Hammer, Lieve van Veggel, Marcell Horvath & Gonzalo Leon) travelled to the East Coast of America on a trip to celebrate the historic parallels between our great golf courses. The amazing schedule of play was only made possible by the help and planning of 600 Club members George & Wendy David and Storm Boswick.
Upon arriving in Newark we stayed overnight in New Jersey taking in a warm up round at Trump International Bedminster, venue for the 2016 US Women’s Open. Upon finishing at Trump we headed north to Long Island and the beginnings of a golfing odyssey….
Our first morning in the Hamptons was spent playing the historic and wonderful Maidstone Club, one of golf’s most enjoyable walks. As you walk back to the 1st tee and find yourself placing the tee in what doubles as a putting green you know you are somewhere special! It was a fantastic welcome to Long Island golf and gave us a taster of what was to come over the following days….
Our next two days were to be full of golf as the team moved back and forward between two of the most illustrious and storied venues in the world – Shinnecock and National Golf Links America. The connections between both venues and St Andrews are very clear with National being the masterpiece of St Andrews graduate and renowned golf course architect, Charles Blair MacDonald. Playing Shinnecock gave the players a first hand glimpse of what a big major championship venue really means – it was a mesmerising round of golf on what is undisputedly one of the best golf courses in the world. We have to say a big thank you to members Sam Evans and Bill Dreher for making these experiences possible.
With heavy hearts we left Long Island to cross the sound into Rhode Island – however our smiles soon returned as we met with George & Wendy David for two days play at the hugely important Newport Country Club, venue of both the 1st US Open and US Amateur Championships. On both days we played a competitive and friendly match against the members followed by a celebratory dinner in the iconic Whitney Warren clubhouse. This was one of the most enjoyable matches we have ever played on a course that just oozes history, thank you to everybody involved.
With our departure rapidly approaching we had time for one more amazing experience and what an experience it was…The Country Club, Brookline. With their member-guest tournament being played two days after our visit the course was in phenomenal shape with lightening fast greens and thick rough proving to be a formidable challenge for the group! This course gave us a true idea of what conditions can be expected at a US Open and why they are so hard, we will watch with interest when that Championship returns there in 2022!
This trip was another experience of a lifetime by Saints Golf, made possible by our wonderful 600 Club members.