Golf writer names 15th hole as favorite


Michael Bamberger, a writer for “Sports Illustrated” and, as well as the author of multiple golf books, has named his favorite hole of all time at the Bellport Golf Club, none other than No. 15. 

“Fifteen never seems to play precisely the same way twice, owing to the direction of the brackish wind, the temperature of the air, the position of the hole, the depth of the rough, the raking of its traps and the quality of the golfer on that day,” Bamberger wrote on “In other words, like all great golf holes, she’s moody.”

Bellport mayor Ray Fell, an avid golfer who started playing on the course in 1972, said the hole is one of the most challenging but also unique holes of the course. The course in general, he added, changes constantly due to the change in wind patterns, and hole 15 is where the wind makes the feat of reaching the pin even greater.

“It’s just a great hole, it has a great design [and] it’s the signature hole of the golf course,” he said.

Hole 15 is shaped just like a boomerang, except the right hook gives players a unique view of the Great South Bay. While not easy by any means, on the surface it’s a golfer’s dream: wide open. A few trees flank the right side where the curve comes, which act as a buffer between this hole and the next. Bunkers, allowing only a few yards of safe space if your ball is a roller, surround the green. The hole is a par four, measuring at 336 yards from the white pin.

“You can launch approach shots right into the bay that the wind will blow back to the green,” Bamberger quipped. “How much fun is that?”

The full article can be found on or the Bellport Village website.  


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