Met Golfer Extra is an awesome new, digital-only property we’ve been working on at the MGA meant to complement the award-winning Met Golfer magazine. A few months ago (one post ago…sorry for lack of updates, been super busy in the office), I took a shot of the Sebonack practice area with the famed National windmill in the background primarily to show the close proximity of the two renowned clubs (they’re DAMN close).
We chose it as the first cover photo to Met Golfer Extra because the USGA so happens to be visiting both Sebonack (for the U.S. Women’s Open) and National (for the Walker Cup) in 2013. Pretty proud and damn stoked to be a part of this new project. If you don’t get Extra via email monthly, let me know and I’ll add it to our subscription list.
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Sebonack Golf Club is the final piece of the Triangle of Golf Course Heaven. Head directly through Shinnecock’s Tuckahoe Road, then veer left to Sebonack or right to National Golf Links.
I chose the former and drove up through Sebonack’s pearly gates and approached their massive Victorian clubhouse, which directly overlooks National. I was there for a few days to cover the MGA’s biennial French-American Challenge. The property was hypnotizing, to say the least.
This is what I saw:
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Sebonack has an uncanny ability to transform an amateur photographer into a pro.
On the first day, winds were gusting more than 40 mph, creating the most difficult conditions I’ve ever seen on a golf course.
Taken through the woods on Sebonack’s practice area.
One of my favorite shots…All hands on deck to get to prep the course (No. 3)
The practice chipping green. If you’re like me, you can never get enough of the National windmill. Never.
View of the clubhouse from the first green.
The Great Peconic Bay is everywhere. This was taken down the stairs right behind the first green.
Peel a tee shot on the par-5 13th and you’ll be left with this approach.
par-3 12th the day of the apocalyptic winds. Sebonack’s staff said they see those whitecaps less than a handful of times a year.
Par-5 18th. That is all.
National’s aura is overwhelming. The roots for a Long Island golfer.
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