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.
    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.
    Tallgrass Golf Club is one of Long Island's top ranked golf courses, earning the no. 9 spot on GolfWeek's "Best Courses You Can Play" in New York. Though Tallgrass is open to the public, it has the feel of a private club, complete with a Hamptons-style clubhouse. The golf course has a Scottish links-style layout that sprawls across more than 150 acres of gently rolling farmland.
  • 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 Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury, NY is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1989. Designed by Stephen Kay, Hiland Park Country Club measures 6767 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 130 and a 72.
    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 Brookhaven Golf Club in Greenfield Center, NY is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1960. Designed by George Pulver, Brookhaven Golf Club measures 6570 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 125 and a 71.3 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.

    Winding Hills Golf Club in Montgomery is a challenging course that will give you some practice with your irons and test your short game skills. This formidable short course is much tougher than it appears. The designer, Steve Esposito, modeled the layout after Jeff Cornish's Blue Rock Course in Cape Cod.
    The 18-hole Rondout Country Club in Accord, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1969. Designed by Hal Purdy, Rondout Country Club measures 6468 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 128 and a 72.
  • 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 18-hole Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club in Holley, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1995. Designed by Peter Craig, Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club measures 6333 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 124 and a 70.
    The 18-hole Delaware Park Golf Course in Buffalo, NY is a public golf course. Delaware Park Golf Course measures 5359 yards from the longest tees.
    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.
  • 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 Traditions At the Glen in Johnson City, NY is a resort golf course that opened in 1937. Designed by John Van Kleek, Traditions At the Glen measures 6324 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 134 and a 70.6 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.
    Although it's only an hour from New York City, the Garrison's secluded location nestled in the Hudson Highlands makes it feel much further. Perched 800 feet above the Hudson River, the 18-hole Garrison golf course offers panoramic views of the river and the surrounding mountains.
    The 18-hole West Point Golf Course in West Point, NY is a military golf course that opened in 1949. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. , West Point Golf Course measures 6007 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 126 and a 68.
  • 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 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.
    Silver Lake Golf Course sits along Staten Island's North Shore, offering a scenic and challenging layout that is one of the Rochester/Buffalo area's best-kept secrets. The course has a classic layout with postage stamp-sized greens and narrow fairways. At just over 6,000 yards from the back tees, the golf course appears shorter than it plays.
    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.
  • 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.
    Built in 1928, this championship course offers four sets of tees, making this great layout appealing to golfers of all skill levels. Traditionalists, avid golfers and novices will all be impressed by this spectacular course created by world renowned architect Geoffrey Cornish and known for its pristine greens and well maintained fairways.