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Shinnecock Hills has its own qualities

Updated: June 14, 2004, 2:35 PM ET
By Dave Anderson | Golf Digest

As you drive "out East," as Long Islanders say, on Montauk Highway toward Southampton, you can't miss it. Suddenly it's up there at the top of the hill to the left, all by itself against the horizon -- Shinnecock Hills' white-trimmed, cedar-shingled clubhouse, its American and club flags flapping in the wind that dictates the difficulty of the golf course.

Knowing the 18 holes are somewhere beyond the clubhouse enhances the Shinnecock mystique that warns strangers: Keep your distance. You ...

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