Long Island: A Golf Journey P2 – The Woods at Cherry Creek
Located in Riverhead, Cherry Creek golf course is a staple in the Long Island golf community. With two distinctly unique courses, Cherry Creek provides diversity in course while retaining superb course conditions.
The Woods, the “other course”, as the links course is home to the main clubhouse and driving range, is in my opinion the better of the two courses. But that comparison will be saved for a separate debate article perhaps.
The Woods is a shorter course coming in at 6550 yards from the tips and 6229 from the whites but it can certainly feel longer than that. Characterized by narrow, straight, tree-lined fairways the Woods is somewhere keeping the ball in the fairway is of utmost importance. Many times throughout the day, I had to tell my playing partners I was coming out at them because I was blocked from advancing the ball by a slew of inconveniently placed trees.
The front of this course has an extra par three and the 1 handicap on the front is a par 5 so there is definitely some opportunity for scoring. While the back is a traditional layout with the multiple wooded pine fairways that demand accuracy if you want to get near the green in 2.
Overall the course is very enjoyable to play and is well conditioned all around. There is a snack bar after the 9th and a cart girl when operating at a regular capacity.
The 12th: A 474 yard Par 4 up hill, slight dog leg right with trees on your left and a treacherous gorge to the right lined by a massive 50 yard bunker and a green covered, undulated green. The wonderfully wonderful, hilly characteristic of the fairway combined with the difficulty of the hole makes this my signature hole.
The 5th: A short par 4 with a few fairway bunkers to your right isn’t what makes this hole. It’s the island green, A beautiful approach shot to a green surrounded on 90% of its circumference by the lake that also feels slightly downhill is a challenging and awe-inspiring shot.
Ratings: Course Condition 7.5; Green Condition 7.5; Course Layout: 8 Memorability: 10
Total Rating: 8.25
There are some truly memorable holes here. That’s why I give this a ten for memorability. That combined with the fact that I had an ace on the par 3 2nd hole make this a course that will always hold a special place in my heart.
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