NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT | As an academic institution Yale has been criticized for the so-called “safe spaces” it creates on campus to insulate increasingly thin-skinned students from speech deemed to be culturally and socially insensitive. But the university offers no such protection for those who play its celebrated golf course. Designed by Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor and opened in 1926, the Yale Golf Course is an architectural treasure and one of the most dramatic and demanding tracks in the game.
A round at Yale also can provide one of the great experiences in golf. But the layout has a way of rattling a player who is even slightly off his or her game, just as the mere sight of a “Make America Great Again” hat might cause a young Eli to quake with fear.
Thankfully, golfers as a group are tougher than that.
Some gratitude must also be directed to the university, which has had a habit of neglecting an asset that is as precious to the institution as the Center for British Art or the Peabody Museum of Natural History. As a result, its original toughness has never been compromised, and that means there are no places to hide on Yale Golf Course. Nearly a century after its opening, it continues to give players what Macdonald and Raynor hoped it would – good, interesting and challenging golf.
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