The Hamptons: An Embarrassment of Riches

Maidstone as a golf course doesn't get the respect that Shinnecock and National do, but a 2012 renovation by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw masterfully restored the shot values and rugged aesthetics of the original 1924 design by Willie Park Jr. and his brother Jack. Located 17 miles from Shinnecock and directly on the beach, Maidstone has some of the few genuine links holes in North America. "If I had to choose one course to play and walk every day for the rest of my life, it would be either National or Maidstone," says Rod Aboff, a single-digit handicapper who grew up and still lives on Long Island and has played courses around the world, "but I'd probably go with Maidstone. The holes along the ocean are amazing, but so are the other holes that run along the inland waterways."