New York Golf Destinations

  • Long Island

    Like a giant crab claw stretching 118 miles out into the Atlantic from Manhattan, Long Island has close to 150 golf courses ranging from munis to ultra exclusive clubs such as Shinnecock Hills, the oldest formal golf club in the United States, dating back to 1890. There are Bethpage State Park's five golf courses, specifically the Black, an A.W. Tillinghast design and the first public course in the U.S. to host a U.S. Open Championship.

    Opened in 2001, Great Rock Golf Club is one of the newer golf clubs in Long Island but it feels much older thanks to its scenic landscape of rolling green hills covered with mature forests. The mountainous landscape provides plenty of elevation changes that make it difficult to find a flat lie. At 6,254 yards, the course is short but it is still a challenging round with narrow, tree-lined fairways that demand accuracy.
    The Golf Club at Middle Bay is located on Long Island's south shore overlooking the barrier islands of Jones Beach, Point Lookout, and Lido Beach. Nearly every hole looks out across water. Though the golf course is just an hour outside of New York City, you'll feel as though you've been whisked off to an out-of-town resort.
    Pine Hills Country Club sprawls cross 165 acres of Long Island's protected Pine Barrens. The golf course plays long at over 7,000 yards from the back tees but it is a playable and fair test. It is challenging as well with quite a bit of water and sand coming into play throughout.
  • Western New York

    Bordered by Lake Ontario and Canada in the northwestern corner and Lake Erie and Pennsylvania to the south, western New York marches to its own beat. Tourists come to gawk at the spectacular Niagara Falls (actually three falls); NFL fans scramble for tickets to cheer on the Buffalo Bills; and many flock to Chautauqua where the cultural programs are a summer staple.

    The 9-hole Cazenovia Country Club in Buffalo, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1920. Designed by Seymour Dunn, Cazenovia Country Club measures 3129 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 105 and a 68.7 USGA rating. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 9-hole South Park Golf Course in Buffalo, NY is a public/municipal golf course that opened in 1960. South Park Golf Course measures 5486 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 104 and a 65 USGA rating.
    Ravenwood Golf Club is situated in the Finger Lakes region in western New York. It's one of the most popular public championship courses in the Rochester region. Robin Nelson designed the course in 2002. He utilized the gently undulating landscape to seamlessly connect the holes to one another so that the whole golf course has a natural flow.
  • Southern Tier

    New York State's Southern Tier runs from Binghamton to Olean reaching into the northernmost Appalachias. The region is largely rural with farms and towns so small you barely slow down as you drive through, while cities that developed along rivers are larger, including Binghamton and Owego on the Susquehanna, Corning and Elmira on the Chemung and Olean on the Alleghany.

    Located in the Southtowns of WNY between Holland and Colden, Holland Hills Country Club is less than a half hour from Buffalo. The golf course sits atop the highest point in Erie County. The championship layout features a variety of challenges including tree-lined fairways, water hazards, and strategically placed sand traps.
    The Links at Hiawatha Landing sits along the banks of the Susquehanna River, nestled between the Finger Lakes and the Catskill Mountains. It's one of New York's premier upscale public golf courses. Despite the name, the course has more of a heathland layout than a true links course since it lacks the seaside location that is the cornerstone of traditional Scottish links golf courses.
    The 18-hole Hillendale Golf Course in Ithaca, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1920. Hillendale Golf Course measures 6004 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 115 and a 68.8 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • The Catskills

    The Catskills, a four-county region just a couple of hours’ drive north of New York City, first attracted visitors around the 1950s. They came from the city for the mountain air, crystalline lakes like Tennanah and Kiamesha and bubbling streams where anglers waded into the water casting for trout.

    Located in the Great Northern Catskills, Thunderhart Golf Course at Sunny Hill is settled within the Catskill basin. The course offers both scenic views and a challenging design. The front nine is a traditional layout with some holes that long hitters will enjoy. There are three that measure over 500 yards.
    The 9-hole Rip Van Winkle Country Club in Palenville, NY is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1919. Designed by Donald Ross, Rip Van Winkle Country Club measures 3001 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 115 and a 36 USGA rating.
  • Hudson River Valley

    The Hudson River Valley stretching from New York beyond Albany is celebrated for its great beauty as well as its historical importance. Arguably the place where golf in America began when St. Andrew's Golf Club was founded in 1888, many exceptional courses have been worked into the landscape.

    The 18-hole Lakes/Meadows at Centennial Golf Club in Carmel, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1998. Designed by Larry Nelson, Lakes/Meadows at Centennial Golf Club measures 7115 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 136 and a 74.
    Nestled in the Lower Hudson Valley, Putnam County Golf Course enjoys a scenic location amid rolling hills yet it’s not too far from the city. Formerly known as Putnam National, the club was originally opened as a private club in 1959, it opened to the public when it was bought by the county in 2004 but it continues to offer the quality and amenities of a private country club.
    The 27 holes at Beekman Country Club enjoy a serene mountain setting nestled within the foothills of the Berkshires, just as they rise from the Hudson Valley. The Valley/Taconic course offers both scenery and challenges. The Valley nine tumbles across rolling terrain and its sixth hole is home to one of the country's largest oak trees. The Taconic nine is the most difficult of the three. It is just as scenic as the other two nines but you can't let that distract you.
  • Finger Lakes

    Stretching from Rochester to Syracuse and south from the New York State Thruway, the Finger Lakes may get a bad rap for its long winters. But spring, summer and fall can be idyllic for golf, with its 11 glacial-cut lakes and more than 100 tidy vineyards unrolling a stunningly beautiful tableau.

    LeRoy Country Club is conveniently situated just 25 minutes from downtown Rochester and less than an hour from Buffalo. It's one of western New York's most accessible public golf courses. The course opened in 1930 as the first public nine-hole layout in LeRoy. Water comes into play on a few holes at LeRoy Country Club, most notably on the finishing two.
    Ravenwood Golf Club is situated in the Finger Lakes region in western New York. It's one of the most popular public championship courses in the Rochester region. Robin Nelson designed the course in 2002. He utilized the gently undulating landscape to seamlessly connect the holes to one another so that the whole golf course has a natural flow.
    The 18-hole Dutch Hollow Country Club in Owasco, NY is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1965. Designed by Wilford S. Hall, Dutch Hollow Country Club measures 6527 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 126 and a 70.
  • Adirondack Mountains

    Adirondack Park is six million acres of upstate New York. Even today, traveling through the park on I-87 you get the feeling of remoteness. The entire population of the park is only about 150,000.

    The 18-hole Kingswood Golf Club in Hudson Falls, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1991. Designed by Mike Woodbury, Kingswood Golf Club measures 6571 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 128 and a 71.
    The 18-hole St. Lawrence University Golf Club in Canton, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1926. St. Lawrence University Golf Club measures 6698 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 126 and a 72.7 USGA rating.
    The 18-hole Queensbury Country Club in Lake George, NY is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1954. Designed by Mark Cassidy, Queensbury Country Club measures 6067 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 112 and a 67.
  • New York Metro

    Included in the 11,842 square miles of the New York City Metro area, the most populous region in the country, are New York City as well as cities in New Jersey and Connecticut. High energy Big Apple has theaters, ethnic neighborhoods, cultural assets like the Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Empire State Buildings, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Certainly New York City is a-buzz with activity night and day.

    The 18-hole Saxon Woods Golf Course in Scarsdale, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1931. Designed by Joe Williams, Saxon Woods Golf Course measures 6481 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 124 and a 70.
    The 18-hole Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers, NY is a public golf course. Dunwoodie Golf Course measures 5778 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 117 and a 68.3 USGA rating. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Sprain Lake Golf Course in Yonkers, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1928. Designed by Tom Winton, Sprain Lake Golf Course measures 6071 yards from the longest tees. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels.