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Shinnecock Hills is a magnificent green land bridge between Hampton Bays and Southampton, with Shinnecock Bay to the south and Peconic Bay to the north.

Golfers can aim their driver at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, built in 1891, which has hosted the U.S. Open four times over three centuries. Significantly, the club is ranked the third greatest course in America by Golf Digest for 2005.

Living in Shinnecock Hills

The stunning Southampton neighborhood of Shinnecock Hills sits on the highest point along the east end of Long Island, providing one-of-a-kind views of both shores. With Shinnecock Bay to the south and the Great Peconic Bay to the north, this oasis serves as a natural land bridge for routes to Southampton and Montauk. Here, residents are treated to a rare locale teeming with natural wildlife and panoramic vistas. Shinnecock Hills also offers world-class golfing facilities and nearby dining hot spots for plenty to do both day and night.

Shinnecock Hills real estate

Shinnecock Hills real estate options range from gorgeous waterfront condominiums to large single-family homes sitting on the shores of Shinnecock Bay. Available condos, with perks like private boat slips, water-facing balconies and Jacuzzi tubs, often come turnkey with artsy decor, chic furnishings and modern kitchen upgrades. A great selection of resort-style amenities such as heated pools, stainless-steel gas grills and cozy cabanas give residents every excuse to spend time outside.

For larger options with private access to the water, Shinnecock Hills real estate shoppers should consider the area’s small selection of enticing single-family houses. The traditional New England-style residences often sit with unimpeded views of the water, with floor-to-ceiling windows out back, private master bedroom decks and immaculate front yards. Interiors are well appointed with luxurious upgrades like billiards rooms, wine cellars and libraries for catching up on your next page-turner.

Shinnecock Hills history

The history of Shinnecock Hills, unlike much of Long Island, only begins in the 19th-century when the state of New York purchased the land from the Shinnecock Indian Nation, who still retain the adjoining area to the southeast known only as Shinnecock. Shinnecock Hill’s first significant development after changing hands came with the development of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in 1891. The golf course and historic training institution, now synonymous with the neighborhood that shares its name, quickly expanded into a world-class destination for golfers of all skill levels. Both the course and the neighborhood continued to grow in popularity throughout the 1900s and today remain very much intertwined.

Shinnecock Hills restaurants

While few dining options exist within the official boundaries of Shinnecock Hills, locals enjoy access to a wide variety of culinary treats within miles of home. Plaza Cafe’s savory small plates and seafood fare like pan-seared calamari, macadamia-crusted mahi-mahi and horseradish-crusted cod are served in an inviting ambience that includes outdoor seating. With its innovative wine pairings from local vineyards, the establishment is also a great place to brush up on your vino knowledge.

Edgewater Restaurant in nearby Hampton Bays, as the name suggests, offers an idyllic waterfront locale for fine dining with indoor seating under dim lights or an outdoor patio providing a vantage point for views of Shinnecock Bay. With gluten-free and kid-friendly menu options, as well as a Sunday brunch, the popular restaurant caters to a wide variety of ages and tastes. Patrons rave about the heaping portions of Italian and seafood-inspired fare such as crab cakes, char-broiled oysters and fried ravioli.

For authentic Indian cuisine close to home, locals frequent Saaz in Southampton for modern takes on classic dishes like saag curry, kebabs and a great selection of seasoned roti and naan. Signature dishes pairing local seafood with Indian spices are a crowd favorite, too, and include Chilean sea bass moilee and lobster tail masala. The establishment’s online ordering system for pickup or delivery makes it a great choice for nights in.

Shinnecock Hills golf

The iconic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club sits on stretch of pristine Long Island land just northeast of central Shinnecock Hills. Originally a mere 12 holes designed by William Davis, the course expanded to 18 holes in the spring of 1985 and quickly became one of the top 10 courses in the United States. It’s hailed by golf professionals and amateurs alike for its British Isles-style design. The golf course, which hosts major tournaments like the U.S. Open, also includes an immaculate clubhouse and on-site caddy services.  

Locals frequent the nearby Sebonack Golf Club—just north of Shinnecock Hills in Southampton—for more accessible golf outings in a tranquil setting on the shores of Long Island’s vast Great Peconic Bay. With panoramic water views at every turn, swathes of dunes bordering immaculate fairways and a course designed by none other than golfing great Jack Nicklaus, the club gets two thumbs up from Shinnecock golfers. The club sits adjacent to the historic National Golf Links of America, with another 18-hole course treating visitors to a different, equally challenging round on a course built in 1908 by local engineer Seth Raynor.

Shinnecock Hill events

The Annual Project A.L.S. Golf Classic takes place at fabled Shinnecock Golf Club and gives locals and visitors alike a rare chance to play the world-famous course with celebrities and golfing greats. The charity, which raises funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), hosts the event every May and draws a who’s-who of influential donors and community members.

Where it all started

"Sninnecock Hills was one of the first areas developed as an artist's haven at the end of the 19th century. The area still features some amazing vintage shingle style homes. "
Robert Lohman
Robert               Lohman

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