Tom Doak, Jack Nicklaus
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Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus were enlisted to design a course at Sebonack, a club that has as its neighbors in Southampton, New York, the legendary Shinnecock Hills and The National. The pair of architects could hardly be more different stylistically. Doak is a student of classic courses who likes to pose intriguing questions, while Nicklaus is focused on contemporary developments and creating a test that can distinguish among the very best players. Whatever misgivings the pair might have had about collaborating must have vanished the moment they caught a glimpse of the lovely setting on Long Island's Peconic Bay, and they certainly made the most of it. The result is a layout that tones down some of Nicklaus' more extreme tendencies but that can stand proudly beside the illustrious clubs for which the area is known, even if it has a look and style all its own.