Lido Golf Club Review
Uniquely designed, ordinarily maintained
This Robert Trent Jones designed course sits near Long Beach, a popular beach town in Nassau County, NY. A tee time here can be booked relatively easily through the website starting two weeks out.
Lido begins relatively easy with a short par 5 and feels like a course through the first few holes. That feeling was broken when I hit a 200 yard 4 iron into a green without knowing the ocean was 15 yards behind. That’s when I knew this course was different. What ensues are a good number of awkward tee shots where water is covering a dog-leg (that I often chose to carry) and greens protected mostly by bunkers. The real highlight of this course is the Par 5 16th and the Par 3 17th. The 16th requires you to hit the ball on a mitten shaped island before going for the green. I piped a drive right into the water over said island and would suggest playing a 200 yard shot off the tee. (Not Driver) That challenging hole followed by the par 3 17th is as unique and tough a back to back finishing stretch combo you’ll see, as its a long par 3 with a near island green that requires you to carry 170 yards of water.
The conditioning of the course has certainly seen better days. I was playing with 3 locals who play the track frequently and they said the condition was about on par with what they’re used to. (which is even sadder). The greens were bumpy and soft and there were many patches without grass as you ventured 20 yards from the fairway or green. Also, certain holes were just infested geese to the point that anything near a fairway was bound to hit one.
Overall, I really like the design of the course, as the water is used cleverly, but the condition does knock it down some points. This is definitely a course you need to play once to understand your lines from the tee box. I will give it bonus points for having a working vending machine (don’t tell Fauci). All things considered, I will give the course a 7/10 rating. I would recommend any Long Islander to get over to Lido when they have the time as its relatively inexpensive and a unique golfing experience.
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