Built on a former Long Island raceway, the Bridge Golf Club is Rees Jones design that occupies more than 500 acres and boasts spectacular views of New York’s Peconic Bay. With its long, sweeping vistas, immaculate maintenance and dramatic design, the course will appeal particularly to those with an eye for Jones’s work, although connoisseurs are less likely to be impressed. In truth it’s one of Rees’s best creations, but there are some issues including a routing that lacks balance and features a number of plunging holes followed by uphill walks to the next tee for another downhill adventure. The bunkering style is quite good, traps tending to be large, grass-faced hazards, but only occasionally are they sited in a strategic sense. The green sites are quite subtle and well built, featuring plenty of breaks and ridges without going overboard.
With some of the holes following the old race track, and the racing theme continued effectively across the property and especially into the clubhouse, the Bridge is a neat place to visit and quite a nice course for golfers to tackle. It’s a long way from the best on Long Island, but Bridge has pleasant views, great grass and there is enough interest in the holes to please discerning players.