Fresh Meadow is a delightful parkland course. Its fairways follow the natural roll of the forested terrain, the trees intruding dangerously close to fairways. Several tees are elevated well above the fairway, presenting vistas hardly conducive to keeping one’s eye on the ball. Almost every hole spotlights the artistry of Charles Alison’s bunkering.
The 12th hole is one of Long Island’s great par fours. From an elevated tee, it plays into a valley once used by the local Indians for councils. A forest close on the left threatens the drive, as do bunkers right. The hole then doglegs left around protruding trees and climbs sharply to an elevated green protected by a pair of bunkers on the right. A bit of hillside falls in front of the green, confusing the golfer trying to judge the distance remaining to the pin.