Fresh Meadow Country Club – Lake Success, New York Guru’s Rating: 6.8
Non-Resident Weekend Rate (with cart): N/A
Through Fresh Meadow’s brick gates off of Lakeville Road sits a world of good living. Beemers, Bentleys, and valets galore. An opulent clubhouse that’s the setting for weddings and bar mitzvahs. A grill room with carving stations and spreads of gourmet food. A spotless modern locker room which pampers you from head to toe (and I mean that literally – there’s an actual barbershop on-site). Fresh Meadow has established itself as one of Long Island’s higher end country clubs, complete with tennis courts and a swimming pool, in addition to the golf facilities. And at just about thirty minutes from Manhattan, it’s also one of the area’s most convenient. But while Fresh Meadow earns an “A+” in terms of amenities, the golf course, while expectedly well-manicured and challenging, just didn’t move me. A solid track, for sure, but one that lacks the “wow” factor. With a couple of exceptions (noted below), many holes looked and played similar, and after the round, I had unusual difficulty recalling the differences.
Most Memorable Hole: The back nine at Fresh Meadow proves to be infinitely more interesting than the the front. After you make the turn (and stop in the clubhouse to sort through an impressive selection of jelly beans, m & m’s, and gold fish to recharge), you step onto the tenth tee and behold the gorgeous 586 yard par 5 that introduces you to the second half of your round. The hole is long but downhill, and a solid tee shot to a wide open fairway will give you a decent shot at par. From there, you’ll check out number eleven, a 196 yard par 3 with a green that sits at the lowest point of elevation on the course. The green is still raised, however, so the hole plays just about on the number.
Most Challenging Hole: Number 12 is a long, dog-leg left 466 yard par 4. There’s plenty of room on the right (where you need to be) for your tee shot, but if you’re short, you’ll have a monstrous approach to this extremely elevated green.
Guru’s Tip: If you don’t indulge in the food at Fresh Meadow, you’re missing out. My playing partner and I sampled the freshly carved turkey and pastrami before the round and rated it as among the best we’ve ever had. But be forewarned: don’t forget to remove your hat in the dining room unless you want to face the possibility of a not-so-friendly reminder.
The Bottom Line: The superb amenities of Fresh Meadow overshadow the golf course, which, while certainly above average, just isn’t all that compelling.