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Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

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Introduction

In 1891, one hundred and fifty Shinnecock tribal members assisted Willie Dunn, Scottish professional, lay out the first 12 holes of what was to become the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Willie Dunn said at that time,

The place was dotted with Indian burial mounds and we left some of these intact as bunkers in front of the greens. We scraped out some of the mounds and made sand traps.

Material from the Sebonac and Woodland period villages were found in the area; including pottery and human remains that were sent to the American Museum of Natural History and Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation – now NMAI.

History

1891

150 Shinnecocks help Willie Dunn, Scottish professional; lay out the first 12 holes of what was to become the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Willie Dunn said at that time,

“The place was dotted with Indian burial mounds and we left some of these intact as bunkers in front of the greens. We scraped out some of the mounds and made sand traps.”

Material from the Sebonac and Woodland period villages were found in the area, beside Sebonac road.  Pottery, human remains, and other items went to the American Museum of Natural History and Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation – now NMAI.

Ancient-Shell-Heap-Shinnecock-Hills-Golf-Club-The-Shinnecock-Indians-a-culture-history-vol-vi-Gaynell-Stone-1983 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Jeremy Dennis On This Site

View of Sebonac swamp and Ancient Shell Heaps. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is in the background. (Neg no. 12539. Courtesy American Museum of Natural History. Photo: M. R. Harrington, M. I. Smith.) From Gaynell Stone, The Shinnecock Indians – A Culture History Vol VI 1983, pp. 284

1896

U.S. Open Golf Championships are held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, in which Oscar Bunn, Shinnecock-Montauk, brother of Charles Sumner Bunn, played and his friend John Shippen.

Shippen, the son of Rev. John Shippen came in fifth and was 21 years old. Oscar Bunn and John Shippen both became golf pros and taught at different golf clubs for many years.1

  1. David Martine, Shinnecock History Timeline, pp. 10

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