Golf courses

Expat’s Guide to Long Island’s Best Golf Courses

By Jordan Fuller

Recently moved to Long Island? If you are a golfer you will probably wonder where you can play a good course nearby. The good news is that there are many excellent golf courses around Long Island. Unfortunately many of these are private courses with access restricted to members and their guests, although they are well worth playing if you find a member of the golfing community willing to take you out for a round. .

This is our expat guide to the best golf courses on Long Island. Although one or two are private courses that are just too good to pass up, most of the ones on this list are public courses that you can drive to anytime to play golf.
Let’s check them out.

Ideal for experienced golfers
Bethpage (Farmingdale) State Park Black Course
A list of Long Island golf courses would not be complete without Bethpage Black. However, it’s certainly not for everyone – it’s one of the toughest courses you’ll find, so we’d advise only trying it if you’re experienced and looking for a suitable challenge.

It’s a park with impressive trees scattered everywhere, beautiful bunkers, treacherous rough and only one water hazard, despite its level of difficulty. The fairways can be extremely challenging, but surprisingly the well-protected greens are very flat.
The signature hole is the 517-yard, par-5 4th, which features double doglegs and tricky bunkers that challenge you on the first shot.

And the best thing is that this course is open to the public, so if you are looking for a challenging round of golf for an experienced golfer, this is definitely the one.

Best public course
Eisenhower Park Golf Course (East Meadow)
An all-American golf course, Eisenhower Park offers red, white, and blue golf courses, each with their own unique fun and challenges.

It has been around for a long time, with the most famous course – Red – hosting the PGA Championships in the 1920s.

In addition to the three championship courses, the park also offers four executive courses of 9 holes each, allowing golfers to play without having to commit to a full 18 holes.

This is great for those short on time, looking for a relaxed and fun game, or still learning. Alternatively, the 60 par driving range is a good choice for working on your swing.

Ideal for all levels
Swan Lake Golf Club (Manorville)
Swan Lake Golf Club offers an 18-hole course with enough variety to provide fun and challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

Spacious, swept fairways and notoriously oversized greens adorn each hole. Add strategically placed sand traps and water hazards on half the holes, and you have an interesting and exciting course.

This layout makes the course suitable for golfers of all levels. Amateur golfers will appreciate the wide openness of the course, while there is still enough danger to be a challenge for more experienced golfers.

Brilliant for the whole family
Peninsula Golf Course (Massapequa)
If you’re looking for something to do with the whole family that involves a round of golf, the Peninsula Golf Course is a great place to spend a few hours.

The course has only nine holes, but that’s enough for a quick game or a family game. You can also take a group golf lesson with the resident PGA Professional. They also offer after-school programs if your kids are serious about learning.

You can have breakfast or lunch at the resident cafe, Rita’s, before or after your ride. You can also host events here, so it’s a great place for a golf-themed party.

Take note that you will need to make an online reservation if you want to play a round of golf, as they do not accept walk-ins.

People’s favorite
Pine Hills Golf Club (Manorville)
Pine Hills Golf Club was voted Long Island’s number one course by GOLFNOW, and is a much-loved favorite of area golfers.

It is located in the beautiful Pine Barrens, which makes you feel like you are a million miles away from the real world. Worries are left behind.

Indulgent fairways lined with stunning pine trees lead you to lavish greens. Both new and experienced golfers will enjoy the game on this par 73 course.

Best luxury experience
Willow Creek Golf & Country Club (Mount Sinai)
The whole experience at Willow Creek Golf and Country Club is luxurious. The golf course is a winding resort-style layout, with plenty of natural hazards in a beautiful setting.

In addition to the incredibly well-maintained fairways and greens, the architecture of the country club exudes luxury.
The Grill Room restaurant overlooks the signature 16th hole of the course. It offers both spectacular views of the course and a variety of incredible meals.

This is the place to be if you have a fancy event coming up. Weddings, conferences, team building and other events can be enjoyed in this beautiful setting.

Go with a member
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (Southampton)
Shinnecock Hills is a historic golf course, being the first 18-hole course in the late 1800s. It’s regularly named one of the best courses in the country, but it’s restricted to members and their guests, so if you want to play here you will need an invitation.

The links-style golf course is laid out over rolling hills and although there is only one water hazard on the entire course, each hole has its own thrilling challenge.

The iconic 7th Redan style hole is famous for its small, delicate putting surface that slopes steeply from right to left.

Another thing that adds a challenge to this course is the prevailing Atlantic wind, which requires a calculated strategy and patience to conquer.

Although our expat guide to the best golf courses on Long Island focuses primarily on public golf courses, there are plenty of other private golf courses where you might be able to join someone for a game. .

If you’re looking for a golf club to join, we highly recommend getting involved with the local golf community so you can find a chance to play a round. Join Facebook groups, talk to local golfers, and try to play as much as you can so you can find the course you really love and can call home.

Jordan Fuller is an experienced golfer who has played courses across the country. When he’s not on the course or in the pro shop, he writes golf articles and reviews for his website, golf influence.