may not have golf all year long; but, when the spring sets in, the Empire State offers some of the most challenging, and most beautiful, golf courses in the Northeastern U.S. Few things can be as relaxing as staying in a New York vacation rental near a course or right on the fairway. To help you plan your next golf vacation, we've provided a list of the 10 top New York golf courses for you to consider.
National Golf Links of America, Southampton
This is one of the top golf courses in the United States. The course was designed by Charles Blair MacDonald
and took about ten years to build. His goal was to build the best golf course in America, and it is widely considered to be his masterpiece. The holes are designed to imitate some of the famous British courses, inspired by the great St. Andrews and the historic Old Course
This is a new golf course, opened in 1996, and it is already one of the most sought-after golf destinations in the states. The setting is gorgeous, the clubhouse is luxurious, and the course itself is a pleasure to play.
The challenging Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island is not only one of the 10 top New York golf courses, it is the oldest formal golf club in the United States
, established back in the 19th century. It was also the first club in the country to admit women. This prestigious and exclusive golf course has hosted the U.S. Open four times, and it is scheduled to host again in 2018.
The Atlantic Golf Club was voted Best New Private Course
when it opened in the 1990s. There are no water hazards on the course, but there is lots of wind and some beautiful rises and falls. It has hosted a number of amateur USGA tournaments.
Winged Foot is one of the most prestigious golf courses in the United States, with membership available by invitation only. In addition to being one of the 10 top New York golf courses, it has also been listed by Golf Digest Magazine
as one of the best golf courses in the U.S., and it regularly hosts USGA events.
Bethpage State Park Golf Course - Black Course, Farmingdale
The Black Course on Long Island was the first public golf course to host the U.S. Open
2002. It’s one of the toughest courses in the U. S., public or private, with a hilly terrain and large bunkers.
Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester
On the banks of the Genesee River in Rochester, the Oak Hill Country Club began as a farm and farmhouse. Now, it is home to two, 18-hole golf courses, known as the East Course and the West Course
. There are tens of thousands of oak trees surrounding both courses, and it has hosted many major tournaments.
The Maidstone Club sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and was one of the first golf courses ever built in the United States. It is historic and utterly beautiful.
Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale
This golf course was formed in 1916 by a group of local businessmen, and it has been described as one of the most underrated courses in the New York area
. The course itself has remained fairly unchanged since its inception, including its distinctive, narrow fairways.
V an Cortlandt Park Golf Course, New York City
The second public course among the 10 top New York golf courses, Van Cortlandt is the oldest public golf course in the United States. Though it opened in 1895, don’t worry that it’s too old school; it was re-vamped in 2001 and features some of the longest holes in the Big Apple
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