Looking for a list of some of the best golf courses in New York? You've come to the right place.
Despite not having quite the golfing heritage of the likes of Florida or Arizona, golfers are becoming increasingly awakened to the many possibilities and golf courses on offer in the ‘Empire State’.
Let’s take a look at some of the golf courses in the New York area we (and the Hole19 users) would recommend.
Bethpage Black stands as a shining example of the quality of golf courses available in New York. It has an illustrious career on the PGA Tour circuit and has been a US Open host venue twice to date – with a third major hosting to come in 2019 in the form of the PGA Championship.
Bethpage State Park has five separate courses and few would argue against the Black being its best. It’s not for the feint-hearted though, and higher handicap players would be better advised sticking to one of its less ferocious siblings (perhaps Bethpage Red).
Unequivocally, hands-down, one of the best golf courses in New York (and very possibly THE best).
While not a true links course per se, Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point does a good job of providing the look and feel of a coastal ‘links’.
As with many courses of a similar ilk, it does provide a real stern test. With Jack Nicklaus’ input for course design, it’s hardly surprising.
Opened to much fanfare in 2015, Trump Links Ferry Point became the second high-profile public golf course in the New York area (after Bethpage State Park at Farmington).
It was originally planned to be a private facility but was turned into a municipal when private backers pulled out. Suits us down to the ground - this is a real must in the New York area.
Situated just north of New York City, it has a myriad of challenging features which promise to test every facet of a golfer’s game – regardless of skill level. Its unfathomable beauty and your own desire to drink in its next challenge will see you arrive at every tee box thirsty for more.
While no Bethpage Black in terms of difficulty level, Atunyote is very much its equal in terms of golf course aesthetics.
The main challenge provided lies in the 7,315 yard length (from the back tees) and a not-to-be-sniffed-at 6,561 from the whites. The 60 bunkers are in play but can be avoided by careful planning. If you think your way around then it’s possible to have one of the best golfing experiences you could ever dream of; that and a healthy accompanying scorecard.
Another offering where accuracy is imperative, the thick, tangly rough can be extremely penal and its hazards are well positioned enough to maintain your attention throughout the full 18 holes.
You will be reaching for every club in your bag at this tree-lined parkland golf course, and golf carts are compulsory to help maintain a healthy pace of play. Given its very undulating terrain, a golf cart will be a more than welcome addition to your day on the fairways.
With tree-lined fairways which provide wide open spaces, devious bunkering, large, undulating greens and many dramatic elevation changes, it ticks all the boxes required when looking for one of the best golf courses in New York.
With more than 100 deep bunkers in play it very quickly becomes evident that this is a real thinking-man’s golf course. Picking targets and giving the course the respect it deserves would be advisable for any golfer looking to excel here.
The golf course is held in high regard and has been ranked as high as second in the ‘Best public golf courses in New York’ listings. Perhaps that ranking will have changed due to the existence of Trump Golf Links in Ferry Point – but it is still very much one for your shortlist.
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