Golf In New York
New Yorkers are fanatics about their golf, evident in the areas robust course offerings, from high-end private clubs on Long Island and Westchester County to its fabled municipal golf system which includes Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course, the country’s oldest public course. Bethpage State Park, on Long Island, boasts five courses, including the famed U.S. Open host, the Black. Recent additions like private Liberty National and the newest municipal, Trump Golf Links Ferry Point, plus some fine resort and upscale public courses within an hour of Manhattan, make this most vibrant city a worthy place to play golf, too.
New York State, with the Big Apple at its heart, requires no introduction. Everybody knows about the shopping, Broadway and a host of other world famous sights that can be found in and around the USA’s most populous city. Some golfers may therefore be surprised to hear that New York State offers more world-class golf courses than any other urban area in the world.
Downstate, Long Island to the east is a veritable hotbed and it’s not only home to numerous world ranked golf courses, it also has its own golf association (formed in 1922) that currently comprises of 81 affiliated golf clubs, including Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links of America and Bethpage State Park.
Upstate, the quantity thins out, but you’ll still find Golden Age greats from Donald Ross at Whippoorwill and Oak Hill. Further west in New York State you’ll find another classic from Dornoch’s most famous son at the Country Club of Buffalo. With close to 1,000 golf courses across the State, make sure you have your clubs in the car and enjoy the Big Apple’s golfing extravaganza.
New York City is perhaps the greatest golf destination players fail to consider when contemplating their next weekend outing. It’s difficult to imagine pins tucked beneath the skyscrapers, but the numerous options for golf in and around New York City might be the Big Apple’s best-kept secret even many natives are unaware that the city’s parks alone are home to 15 courses, including the newly minted Trump Golf Links Ferry Point. While the city’s other courses, like Van Cortlandt, Split Rock, and Marine Park are solid tracks, some iconic gems can be found only about an hour’s drive from Midtown Manhattan.