Golf Courses on Long Island New York

It’s actually sort of amazing how many golf courses are packed into Long Island. So, if you’re looking for a golf getaway then Long Island is a great place to bring your clubs and hit the links. Use the following guide to help you pick which public courses best fit your parameters.

Gull Haven Golf Club

Gull Haven Golf Club is located in the town of Islip and is a great little course if you are looking to squeeze in a quick round. This 9-hole executive course is not a serious challenge as there are no water hazards and the fairways are flat and open. The only real difficulty on the course are the greens which are pretty little targets and take a bit of accuracy. Gull Haven is perfect for an executive looking to squeeze in a quick round, or a family with some inexperienced players.

Hamlet Wind Watch Golf and Country Club

Hamlet Wind Watch Golf and Country Club sits on one of the highest points in Long Island, giving you an incredible view of the area surrounding it including the entire north shore. This club is semi-private and is one beautiful place to play. The daily fee golf course is open to the public and is treated just as carefully as the rest of the holes. In addition, if you’re into the latest gadgets, you’ll love the Pro Link GPS system which is currently only offered at a handful of Long Island courses. This is sort of a luxury course with a great range and a grill and clubhouse you’ll want to spend some time in so this is a destination course that can take a good portion of the day.

Bergen Point Golf Course

Bergen Point Golf Course is located in West Babylon and offers straight up golf without any of the frills of some other courses. This is a place to go if you want some serious golf and nothing else. Many of the holes feature water hazards and the challenges are many. But it’s not the most luxurious course around. A good place to go if you’re looking for a quick challenging round.

Mill Pond Golf Course

Mill Pond Golf Course is a real delight for the public as the course has a decidedly private feel. This Scottish links style course is a bit of a change if you’re not used to this type of golf, but it’s exciting nonetheless. While open fairways seem rather easy it’s the rolling hills and undulating greens that tack strokes onto your score. If you want to improve your game before you start, spend a little time getting used to the greens on the practice putting green. Located in Medford, Mill Pond is a great golf course for anyone looking for a links experience.

Crab Meadow Golf Course

Located in North Point, Crab Meadow Golf Course offers some incredible views which enhance the entire golf experience. The clubhouse has recently been renovated and it’s worth a stop if you need any supplies and The View Restaurant is a great stop for a post-round drink or sandwich. But if it’s really the golf you’re after you won’t be disappointed, the course is a good balance of challenge and some easy holes that make you proud of your ability. And the views can’t be beat.

Brentwood Country Club

Brentwood Country Club in the town of Islip was designed by Devereux Emmet in 1925. During this era hickory shafted clubs were common place so the holes were a bit shorter, which means you’ll have some pretty great scores if you’re using the latest in golf technology.  Brentwood has the feel of an old country club in a small town, it’s welcoming, friendly and there’s some obvious pride that goes into the course maintenance. Definitely a great course for a relaxing day of golf.

Dix Hills Park Golf Course

Dix Hills Park Golf Course is a nice little course featured 9 holes with a par 31 for men and par 32 for women. It’s another great course to take a family to or to go if you have some inexperienced players in the group. There’s nothing intimidating here and the challenges are minimal so a relaxing round is almost guaranteed.

Spring Lake Golf Club

Located in Middle Island, Spring Lake Golf Club is a little treat for golfers. Conceived by brothers Charles, Herman and Fred Jurgens and designed by Charles Martin, the course was once 180 acres of family farm located in the beautiful wooded hills. The course was completed and opened in 1967 and offers golfers something that is hard to find in the golf world today, its still family owned and operated. The sense of commitment and dedicate is evident in everything around you at Spring Lake, the course is meticulously maintained, the club house is well appointed and the family is generous to have opened their beautiful land up to others. A rare experience that shouldn’t be passed over.

Rolling Oaks Golf Course

Rolling Oaks Golf Course is located in Rocky Point is considered an executive course but its more challenging than that with a par 65, several water holes and a swath of mature trees which define the course’s layout. The prices are extremely reasonable, even if you want to rent a cart and weekend rates are not much higher than the weekday fees. This is a great course to add to your list if you’re looking for something that fits a family with intermediate to advanced golf skills, just enough challenge for everyone.

Heatherwood Golf Club

Heatherwood Golf Club is open to the public but considered a sister course to the PGA championship course, Pine Hills. This par 60 course plays a little short but has its share of hazards and tricky turns, including some undulating greens. It’s a beautifully maintained course and will keep you occupied for a few hours, just don’t expect to get a lot of practice on your long game.

Long Island is a wonderful place for duffers looking to have a vacation jam packed with golf challenges. It’s also a good place for slipping out for a quick round in between business meetings or other sightseeing events. No matter what brings you to the area, Long Island has a round of golf that will somehow slip nicely into your schedule.

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