The Creek Club, Locust Valley, NY
The Creek is an ulta-exclusive New York club that sports a C.B. Macdonald designed golf course as well as a private boat area. Situated on the water, the most unique feature at The Creek Club is how the fluctuating tide comes into the course and creates an island green at the 11th hole. The back nine is a fair amount better than the front nine, but the entire course could benefit from a restoration project since some of the design elements don't seem to play as well as other Macdonald courses. The terrain of the course features a slightly sloped set of opening holes before diving down a large hill midway through the front nine. The back nine starts out along the coast and works its way back uphill to the impressive clubhouse site with panoramic views from the highest point on the course. In the end, The Creek is a really good course with some of the finest firm-and-fast conditioning I've ever played, but the hole designs aren't quite as impressive as other Macdonald courses I've played.