With the U.S. Open Championship heading out to Shinnecock Hills this weekend, golf is back in the spotlight. Long Island’s luscious sprawling hills and bumpy sea coasts make the area as good of a golf destination as any. However, with over 140 courses, it can be difficult to choose the right one. So, here are our top public Long Island golf courses for players of any level.
Long Island Golf Courses for Every Kind of Golfer
Bethpage State Park Golf Courses
Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale is one of the most popular and historic courses in the country. In fact, some people even refer to it as one of the meccas of golf in the United States. It is home to five 18-hole golf courses.
The most notable course on the property is the world-renowned Bethpage Black, which was the site of the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009 and the Barclays in 2012 and 2016. It will also be the future site of the PGA Championship in 2019, the Northern Trust in 2021 and 2027 and the Ryder Cup in 2024.
Just remember, Bethpage Black is one of the hardest courses in the world, so don’t say you weren’t warned! On the bright side, Bethpage also has four other courses that suit everyday golfers.
If you’re looking for championship-level golf at an affordable price on a manageable course, Bethpage is definitely the place for you. You can register and book tee times here.
Eisenhower Park in East Meadow is another place where you can find elite-level Long Island golf courses that are open to the public. The courses are located on property that was formerly owned by the exclusive Salisbury Club, which used to attract the biggest golfers and celebrities in the world during the 1920s.
Eisenhower Park features three incredible 18-hole regulated golf courses: Red, White and Blue. The Red course, which used to host the Commerce (PGA) Championship, has been praised by Newsday for being one of the top 10 public courses on all of Long Island.
Not to mention, if you need tighten up your short game a bit, Eisenhower Park is also home to a miniature golf course and full-service driving range.
The Golf Club at Middle Bay
The Golf Club at Middle Bay, located along the bay in Oceanside, offers a challenging 6,821 yard, 18-hole course with sweeping water views on almost every hole. This spectacular course has hosted many prominent tournaments throughout the years, including numerous Metropolitan Junior PGA tour events.
The Golf Club at Middle Bay has come a long way since it was practically decimated during Hurricane Sandy. This blend of parkland and waterfront golf is perfect for all golfers, from beginners to experts. Click here to book your tee time.
If you’re looking to tee it up anytime soon, look no further than these three amazing Long Island golf courses.