New York City, New York, United States of America
Located on Long Island, the region containing more top 100 golf courses in the world, Friars Head is one of the newest courses to grace this list. Designed by Crenshaw and Coore, this course is somewhat of a blend between a links and woodland course with distant forest which doesn’t come in to play, but provides some protection from the influence of wind on some holes. The area is sandy and the designers have made use of their signature blown-out bunkers and natural waste areas to feature this white sand. Like most top courses, this course is visually spectacular and although no holes are built on the sea there are some wonderful ocean views on show. The sloping ridge of sand the course is situated on provides a great variety of elevated greens and tees and its large dunes add to the skill level required for the track. Some of these dunes almost hide the 10th green, making the tee shot on this long par 3 tricky at best. Leave it short and you may be bunkered, in the rough or plugged into the side of one of those dunes. It may be well worthwhile to make use of the playground of a practice area at the course to rehearse every part of you game before you tee off!