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Traffic in Shinnecock: The US Open

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Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is hosting the US Open this week, and the typical bottleneck of traffic near the canal is amplified to hysterical proportions. A pop-up apparel store, a temporary footbridge spanning the highway, satellite parking shuttles, and every variation of sneakers and shorts topped with visors – all out East in hopes of a Bubba Watson sighting!

Golf Legacy. The club was founded in 1891, and was one of the five clubs that founded the USGA, has hosted the US Open five times and is scheduled to host again in 2026.

In da Club. The classic shingle-style clubhouse was designed by famed architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White, who also designed many iconic summer residences for New York’s elite here and in Newport, Rhode Island.

Second, but not second best. Newport Country Club was, incidentally, the first US Open Championships were held in 1895 before coming the following year to Shinnecock HIlls, which had recently expanded its course to 18 holes.

A Thanksgiving Story? USGA officials rely on the cooperation of the Shinnecock Nation, from whom they must lease adjacent land to accommodate parking and auxiliary needs.

Far and Wide. Fairway width at the club has been improved since hosting the 2004 US Open; many of golf’s classic American courses have needed similar adjustments to keep up with today’s sporting standards.

Long Game on Long Island. If you’re the betting type, Ted Scott (Bubba’s caddy) says the one of the long hitters will carry the trophy home from this course.

Worth the Wait. If you’re coming to the Hamptons this weekend, you’d better plan for increased travel times. The lineup on Route 27 is reminiscent of the wait list for membership at the club…

Time flies. The game doesn’t change. Five years ago, I was in my hometown of Haverford, Pennsylvania, driving around a press cart as a volunteer at the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club. Meanwhile, my then-wife was pregnant with our daughter, and we were closing on and renovating a house in nearby Villanova – “nesting” as it were. Today, I’m a Hampton’s local sitting in traffic texting my ex to make plans for Father’s Day with my 4-year-old… 

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