Friar’s Head

friar's head
Channing Benjamin
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Friar’s Head

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architects

    Bill Coore / Ben Crenshaw
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  • Yardage


Course Overview

Tree-dotted dunes, open meadows and bluff-top views of Long Island Sound highlight the experience at this 2003 Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw design. Even more impressive is how seamlessly the golfer is transported between these different environments. The sandy stretches — including from 7-10 and 13-18 — are mesmerizing, but holes like the maddening 5th with its rippling ground contours and the classic dogleg 6th that tempts you to hug the corner off the tee are design standouts in their own right. Constant refinements, no matter how minor, have Friar’s Head as dialed-in as any course in the country. (Photo: Channing Benjamin)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 15, par-4, 460 yards: This long par-4 starts on an elevated tee, from which golfers are forced to hit toward a fairway tilting from right-to-left, with a vast bunker guarding the left side.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    Cliffside fire pits near the imposing stone clubhouse allow you to take in incredible views of the Long Island Sound while enjoying a post-round beverage.
  • Insider tip

    If you score a tee time at Friar’s Head, break out the rolodex again and try to visit the many legendary courses nearby, including Shinnecock Hills and National Golf Links of America.