VENUE: MAIDSTONE CLUB
The 2018 Simpson Cup will be held at Maidstone Club in The Hamptons, New York.
Golf at Maidstone began in the 1890s with the original 9 holes designed by Willie Dunn and Willie Tucker, Jr. between 1894 and 1896. Those 9 holes were expanded to 18 holes over the next few years, and what is now known as the West Course was fashioned to its present form in the early 1920s by Scotland’s Willie Park, Jr., a golf links architect and two-time (British) Open Champion. Maidstone also has a 9-hole East Course.
The West Course, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the South, surrounds Hook Pond where ducks, geese, swans, and herons can frequently be seen. The changing winds and the seven water holes ensure challenging play.
From 2012-2014, the design firm of Coore & Crenshaw restored Maidstone to recapture the strategic, hard and fast, uncluttered links designed in 1922 by Willie Park, Jr.
The Coore & Crenshaw plan was to make the course fairer and more interesting for all handicap levels; to give players more than one choice in playing each hole; to enhance the beauty of the course by opening up unhindered vistas from the ocean to the inland waterways; to incorporate the dunes into the playing areas of the links; to speed up play by preventing lost balls; to enlarge greens creating more contour and additional pin positions and to restore the variety of shot-making that comes with a hard and fast links course.
As a result, Maidstone has dramatically moved up in the ratings to 36 by Golf Magazine and recently rated by the Club Managers’ Association and Platinum Clubs of America in the top 100 among clubs in the world.
“One of the true great venues in golf. For all the great golf on Long Island, Maidstone is as enjoyable as any. Holes 8 through 15 were the highlights of the golf course.Their style and surroundings were more reminiscent of British seaside links holes than any others on this side of the Atlantic. Such a unique place. It's old-school how street intersects with a few of the holes. As do a variety of hazards: marsh, ponds, dunes, the beach and out of bounds with houses nearby.” Golf Digest 2017.