Location: East Hampton, N.Y.
Best time to go: September, after the crowds are gone
Pack your: Great American novel. East Hampton has been the summertime haunt for many artists like Truman Capote and, more recently, Steven Spielberg, who shot Jaws here.
Montauk Downs State Park
Location: Montauk, N.Y.
Drive time to beach: 25 minutes
Day at the beach:
A Robert Trent Jones Sr. design with an ongoing renovation plan devised by his son Rees, Montauk is a challenging parkland layout near the tip of Long Island with small, elevated and well-bunkered greens.
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