The Lido

the Lido at sand valley
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The Lido

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architects

    Tom Doak / Brian Schneider (C.B. Macdonald reincarnation)
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  • Yardage


Course Overview

The Lido, on Long Island’s South Shore, opened for play in 1917, the work of C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor. The course met an unkind fate in the 1940s, but not until luminaries like Bernard Darwin had lavished praise on it; Darwin said he thought Lido was the best course in the world “as a battlefield for giants.” Well! Some eight decades later Michael and Chris Keiser decided to recreate the course adjacent to their Sand Valley Resort. Key to the equation was Peter Flory, who open-sourced hundreds of vintage photos of the original Lido and fed them into a software program that modeled the new Lido as accurately as possible. The Keisers then hired Tom Doak and Brian Schneider (who spent more than 230 days on-site) to build the course. This process included the use of GPS bulldozers, though discretion by Doak and Schneider was certainly required in getting the green contours just right. The scale of the course, the depth of its hazards and the size of the greens, which average over 12,000 square feet, is dazzling. Almost all of the great template holes are represented, from the Alps 10th to the Redan 16th, making this course a strategic marvel. Panelist Clyde Johnson calls Lido the “ultimate IQ test for golf-course architecture.” One of America’s great designs is back! (Photo: Courtesy Sand Valley)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 4, par-5, 602 yards: The first par-5 on the course is no pushover. At over 600 yards, you’ll need three strong shots to reach this green in regulation — but you have plenty of options. This hole features an alternate, island fairway, allowing for tons of imagination.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    If you’re traveling with a non-golfing companion, worry not. Sand Valley has plenty of other outdoor entertainment options, such as tennis, hiking and biking.
  • Insider tip

    There are three lakes on property as Sand Valley, perfect for cooling off with a swim or trying your hand at fishing.