Gardiner's Bay Country Club's hilltop links stretches over 6,500 challenging yards, but is accessible to all skill levels from both the middle and forward tees. Sections of the course date back to 1896 and the layout takes maximum advantage of the topography of Shelter Island’s glacial past, with water views from many holes. It is simply a delight to play.
The original architect is unknown, however, in 1914 when Charles Blair MacDonald (of National Golf Links fame) was approaching 60, he convinced his protege, Seth Raynor, to strike out on his own. So Raynor took up the torch, applying C.B. MacDonald’s philosophy and putting his own virtuosi touch on the classic ideas absorbed from his mentor. In 1915 Raynor revised and added holes to Gardiner’s Bay Country Club. In 1916, Raynor and MacDonald worked together on the redesign of Shinnecock Hills, whose membership had been feeling miffed at being outshone by The National. Raynor would later go on to design many of America's best, including; Fisher's Island, Camargo Club, Yeaman's Hall, Shoreacres, Lookout Mountain and Yale.