The Deepdale Golf Club’s official webpage looks rather awkward (it is definitely in the need of a redesign), which can turn off potential visitors, but try to put your misconception aside: their 18-hole, 6670 yards (par 70, slope 131) private golf course is among the best in Manhasset.
Its history began as a small privately-owned estate-based golf course commissioned by William K. Vanderbilt II – a famous sportsman back in the days. This commission was carried out by Blair Macdonald and his protégés, Seth Raynor and Charles Banks, who managed to design a premier-level golf course, which was later reorganized as the main attraction for a secret golf club in 1924.
Today you will never see this course featured in the ratings, but a has a reputation as one of Dick Wilson’s best designs with lots of sharp doglegs, few greens with steep back-to-front slopes, that present a hard test even for the experienced players.
Usually, the golfing season at the club is open from the 1st of April till the 1st of November. Carts can be rented, while clubs must be brought by the members themselves – a gesture hinting that only experienced players are expected at the club. This means that practice facilities such as driving range, pitching/chipping area and putting green are mostly here for pregame warm-ups, rather than for teaching.
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