Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge, New York, is as pretty and fun an inland course as you ll find on Long Island. The layout, built by Joe Lee in 1971 to anchor an attractive neighborhood and updated by Stephen Kay in 1997, is a ClubCorp daily-fee facility that shares a parking lot with the Hyatt Regency Long Island. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, the elegant Wind Watch Golf & Country Club playing field boasts tree-lined fairways, 12 lakes and ponds adorned with fountains, a cascading waterfall, and distant views from a couple of the highest points on Long Island (though you cannot quite see the Sound.) Those highest points come at the very beginning and end of the round. The 1st hole is a straightaway par 4 flanked by trees, so you ll be tested right out of the gate. The 6th hole, the first of four water-bound par 3s at Wind Watch Golf & Country Club, requires a carry over both a pond and bunkers to reach the green. The short par-4 11th maxes out at 311 yards to tempt long hitters to try to drive the green, but beware of the water right and OB left. The round concludes with the only dogleg on the course and a rare hole on Wind Watch Golf & Country Club s back nine with no water in play. The severely uphill approach leads to a rousing view at the three-tiered putting surface that is the toughest green on the course. Though the club is noted for its high vantage points, aside from the beginning and ending of the round, the playing field is actually pleasantly flat. Besides its abundance of water hazards, Wind Watch Golf & Country Club challenges players with more than 70 bunkers, many of which are large. Practice facilities include a driving range and short game area. Seasons Grill in the Wind Watch Golf & Country Club clubhouse has earned a following among local golfers and non-golfers with its casual indoor and outdoor dining. A tee time on this lush, delightfully landscaped and scenic course makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and challenging day of golf.