07 Jun The Best Golf Courses on Long Island’s East End
Sea breezes, world-class greens and a convenient distance from Manhattan: When it comes to choosing a place for your next round, Long Island’s golf courses are among the best. It’s no wonder that for the upcoming 118th U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in nearby Southampton was chosen.
In this post, we’re rounding up 8 of the best golf courses in Long Island so that you can hit the greens with confidence.
Established in 1891, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club has hosted 4 U.S. Opens and claims to be the oldest formal organized golf club in the United States. It is scheduled to host its fifth U.S. Open in 2018, and its sixth in 2026. Shinnecock’s links-style courses are also the closest in the United States to a true links-style course.
2. Sebonack Golf Club
Set on a sprawling piece of land that overlooks the bay, Sebonack is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the United States. It’s also one of the newest, the first built since 1963 on coveted South Fork real estate.
The Course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak and is adjacent to the National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Sebonack very recently hosted the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open.
3. Maidstone Golf Club
Built on the shore, Maidstone has restored some natural sand dunes on the course for a natural and aesthetically-pleasing experience. Nestled in East Hampton, this private country club boasts both an 18-hole and 9-hole private golf course.
4. Atlantic Golf Club
Designed by Rees Jones in 1992, Atlantic Golf Club has an undulating, naturalistic style that is hard to classify and a challenge to play. Atlantic is a members-only club in Bridgehampton.
5. Bridgehampton Golf Club
Robert Rubin, the man behind Bridgehampton Club, wanted to create a “21st century golf club.” The sweeping angles of the modern clubhouse certainly aim to shake up the old model. Members include gurus in finance and real estate, who pay a whopping $750,000 initiation fee and annual dues of around $20,000.
6. National Golf Links
National Golf Links of America is a links-style golf course in Southampton, New York, located on Long Island between Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and Peconic Bay. Established in 1911 by noted Golf course architect Charles Blair (C.B.) MacDonald, the course is noted for hosting the initial Walker Cup in 1922, which the United States won 8 and 4. Although it has never hosted a major men’s championship, the Walker Cup was again held at National in 2013.
7. Friar’s Head Golf Club
With breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound, Friar’s Head Golf Club has steadily moved up in rankings since its inception in 2002. Located in Baiting Hollow on the North Fork, Friar’s Head has a distinctly more laid-back feel than some of its South Fork counterparts, but don’t let the charming town fool you — this course is walking-only, with no yardages, no hole handicap rankings and no hole names, so even the best golfers may experience a challenge.
8. Fisher’s Island
Fisher’s Island Club, located on its namesake, offers water views on nearly every hole. Players here must focus on an accurate game: with difficult rough, sea wind and high-set plateaus of green make it a great course to challenge yourself.
If you were lucky enough to secure an invitation to one of these prestigious courses on the North Fork and the South Fork, Riverhead is the ideal central location for golfers.
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