Long Island: Shinnecock Hills
Shinnecock Hills is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Southampton. Shinnecock Hills was ranked second in Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Courses ranking for 2007.
As of the 2010 census, there were 2,188 people, 744 households, and 481 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $67,063, and the median income for a family was $55,625. The latitude of Shinnecock Hills is 40.89 N. The longitude is 72.46 W. The area code commonly used in the area is 631. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 80 feet.
Shinnecock Hills is an Indian reservation. Shinnecock Reservation comprehends 750 acres of land and approximately 500 Native American people live on it. This special population is part of the Shinnecock Nation is a self-governing, State-recognized Tribe. The name Shinnecock is also associated with many different and very special things.
The Shinnecock Canal in the heart of the Southampton Town summer resort area provides a connecting waterway for large sailing vessels traveling from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Peconic Bay. In fact, the Shinnecock Canal locks are the only operating navigational lock system in Long Island. Shinnecock Hills, Tuckahoe, and some other communities of Southampton along with the unincorporated area of Southampton lie on the east side of the Shinnecock Canal.
The racial-makeup of Shinnecock Hills comprises of 89.99% White, 4.23% African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.97% Asian, 2.17% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. According to the research conducted in Shinnecock Hills, there were no registered sex offenders living in this place in early 2007. Shinnecock Hills is the home of a leading golf club, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. The club was founded in 1891 that was originally laid out by William Dunn Jr., with the assistance of several members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation tribe and one of the five clubs which founded the United States Golf Association in 1894. The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club was also the first club to allow women to become members in their own right. The club has the oldest clubhouse in the U.S. and its important course is ranked among the best in the country.
Another historical attraction is the Shinnecock Hill Preserve which is an attempt by environmentalists in the Nature Conservancy to preserve rare natural grassland. They purchased a narrow wedge of approximately 26 acres of natural grassland from the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. The area lays between the LIRR, county road no. 29 and the St. Andrews Road, just north of the Southampton College campus and St Andrews road. This preserve is an excellent example of rarely seen maritime grassland. New York now has only about 150 acres of this native grassland left.