The 15 Best Golf Courses In The State of New York

Golf has the ability to elevate all the worries from the mind and body of a human being. Even though it is a competitive sport, it provides a sense of relaxation like no other sport with its scenic views that accompany a quality golf course.
The exclusivity provides a chance to isolate yourself from the hectic world and relax in your own space while the incredible architecture makes you wonder about the effort that goes into maintaining a golf club.
New York, also referred to as the Big Apple, is the most populous city in the United States of America. It is a mega city and it is known for being the cultural, financial, and media capital of the entire world.
The attractions of this city are countless but among the few that are widely known are the Empire State Building, the New York Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty. Being a center for diplomacy, New York hosts numerous events of various kinds.
Every year it sees an influx of a diverse range of people into its lands. The highest number of billionaires prefer to live in the Big Apple. With that sort of influence and being a host for classical people, New York plays a significant role in the world of Golf.
It is home to some of the most exquisite and ultra-exclusive golf courses in the world. And just as the city has an association with every aspect of the modern world, its association with PGA is deep-rooted in history.
Given the interest of New Yorkers in the serene game of golf, the area has produced commendable players over time. The top three players to have emerged from the Big Apple are Butch Harmon, Tommy Armour, and Dottie Pepper.
Now let’s discuss the golf courses that host and produce the shining stars of the Golf world.

15 Best Places to Golf in New York

#1 - Shinnecock Hills G.C. Southampton

Shinnecock Hills Golf Course is a glorious golf course whose history dates back to the 19th century. Originally, it was inaugurated in 1891 and instantly became the founding member of USGA. At first, it was a 12-hole course designed by Willie Davis but later renovations have turned it into one of the top classical 18-hole courses of the country.
It has a rich history of hosting vital events such as the US Open and US Amateur. Moreover, it has successfully maintained the image and continues to host important events just as it is scheduled to host the 2026 US Open Championship.
The last major renovation to restore the glory of Shinnecock Hills Golf Course was completed in 2016. The architects who have had the chance to work on this majestic golf course over the years include C. B. Macdonald, Seth Raynor, William Flynn, and Howard Toomey.

#2 - Winged Foot G.C. (West), Mamaroneck

Designed around a meadowland, as soon as you set foot on the course you will know that it is a demanding course. The seemingly normal-appearing woods can turn the game upside down. It was designed by one of the best architects of the field, AW Tillinghast and Gil Hanse.
The Winged Foot Club was founded in 1923 by the members of the New York Athletic Club. Since then, it has maintained its position as one of the most difficult courses in the country. The last major renovation was completed in 2017 in lieu of hosting the 2020 US Open.
It is an 18-hole classic course with no weak holes and par rarely drops down 4 for all of these holes.

#3 - Oak Hill C.C. (East), Rochester

The original Oak Hill Country Club started in 1901, at that time, the golf course only had 9 holes. After the 1920s, the true shape of the course came into the spotlight as Donald Ross created a spectacular 18-hole course in Rochester.
The renovation led to the improvement of the East Course image as it began hosting championships from 1956 onwards. The latest work of restoration was done by Andrew Green ahead of the 2023 PGA championship.
It is known for its narrow fairways and long shots. The east course has been the face of fame as it has hosted US Opens, PGA Championships, and the Ryder Cup.

#4 - Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale

Bethpage State Park is a 90-hole golf complex out of which the Black course features 18 difficult holes. It was designed by Joseph H. Burbeck and AW Tillinghast and was opened to the public in 1936. Before the 2002 US Open, it was often neglected and regarded as an easy course.
However, once the championship was played, people soon realized that Tillinghast created an increasingly complex course which he referred to as ‘black leopard’. It has a high rating of 73.1 and is known for the most challenging 15th hole which is regarded as Mount Olympus for its elevated positioning by the golfers.

#5 - Sebonack G.C., Southampton

Located two miles north of Southampton, Sebonack is a luxury golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak. It is the creation of an unusual partnership between two architects of varying styles that ultimately resulted in a timeless classic golf course.
It is known to be a super exclusive and ultra-expensive club which makes it difficult to be approached by the common public. However, expensive as it may be, the scenic views accompanying each of the 18-holes pay for themselves.

#6 - Garden City G.C.

Originally designed by Devereux Emmet in 1896, the Darden City Golf Club came into being in 1897 in Long Island. It was renovated twice, once by Walter Travis in the 1920s and then by Tom Doak in 2015.
After all its restorations, it shows qualities of heath land and link layouts. It is an 18-hole course known for hosting the US Open in 1902. It is a simple and natural golf course but only men are allowed to play on its course which makes it a part of headlines for all the wrong reasons.

#7- Winged Foot G.C. (East), Mamaroneck

The younger brother of the west course of Winged Foot Golf Club, the east course was also designed by AW Tillinghast in 1923. It is not as demanding as the west but beware it has its own tricks to make you question your abilities in the game.
The 18-hole course is designed around lakes and streams which make it a tad bit more scenic than the west. The restoration on this course was also done by Gill Hanse. This course is known for its strict par three holes and trick shot holes such as the sixth hole which was named ‘trouble’ by its architect for requiring a heavy skill set from golfers to overcome it.
Overall, the Winged Foot Club, both east and west courses, make for a 36-hole golf sanctuary for those who love to play it on classic layouts.

#8 - Hudson National G.C., Croton-On-Hudson

Located 500 feet above the Hudson River, the Hudson National Golf Course provides scenic views while golfers await their shots. It was opened for business in 1996 and designed by the legendary Tom Fazio.
It is a signature 18-hole Fazio course that preserves the beauty and layout of the land as Fazio’s layouts are known for preservation.

#9 - Sleepy Hollow C.C., Scarborough-On-Hudson

Built on the vision of William Rockefeller and Frank Vanderlip (owners of the land), by architects Blair MacDonald and Seth Raynor in 1991, Sleepy Hollow Golf Course is another luxurious course sitting beside the great Hudson River.
Restoration work involves AW Tillinghast’s addition of seven holes in 1920. Later, the work of Tom Doak and George Bahto summarized the final layout of the course in 2007. It is a 27-hole course that now features the original course envisioned by MacDonald. It features dramatic ridges and fairways that entice every golf player in love with a classic layout.

#10 - Silo Ridge Field Club, Amenia

Silo Ridge Golf Club has gone through its fair share of ups and downs since its inauguration in 1992. At first, it was designed by Al Zikorus, but the original design was tampered with by many hands which led to a confusing layout.
The final restoration was done by Tom Fazio in 2016 which restored the course to its original glory. Out of the 18-holes, the last nine were greatly influenced by Fazio’s design while the first nine remain intact in their original position. Since its renovation, it has turned into a private club exclusive for its members and their guests only.

#11 - Westchester C.C. (West), Rye

Located in upstate New York, Westchester Club features two golf courses, both designed by Walter Travis in 1992. The west course was specifically designed for championships while the east was designed for recreational purposes.
It is a unique course known for its ability to be played backward. It features 18 holes created as a result of reverse play combinations of the original 9 holes. The signature hole is the par-four 17th hole which requires a shot over water.

#12 - Glen Oaks Club (White/Blue), Old Westbury

The Glen Oaks Golf course is a rare 27-hole course designed by Joe Finger. The course features various trick shots and open fairways. The fairways are even shared between two pairs of three holes namely 5, 11, 8 and 13, 14, 18.
There are several ponds and white sand bunkers that keep the golfers on their toes while playing in Glen Oaks club. The first 18 holes are played way more than the last nine which total to 27-holes because of their placement. The course originally opened during the 1970s while some minor restoration work was done in 2017 which surprisingly did not change the original layout designer by Finger.

#13 - Oak Hill C.C. (West), Rochester

Oak Hill features two golf courses, the east course was discussed earlier, and now it’s the west course’s turn to be evaluated. It was also built by the legendary Donald Ross in 1926 but unlike the east course, the west course has managed to keep its original design as envisioned by its sole architect.
It is a classic 18-hole Ross layout for those who want to experience the legends true work. It covers an area of 6781 yards with an average of 71 par. The opening three holes are par four while it also features three par fives which bring it to a total of par 71.

#14 - Fenway G.C., Scarsdale

Another fine work is done by AW Tillinghast as a classic golf course appears before our eyes. It seems that Tillinghast continues to amaze us with relatively easy looking but incredibly difficult to play courses.
It has various one-shot holes covering only 100 yards but none of them are easy. Each and every hole requires a trick shot as all the landing areas are made tricky. It is an 18-hole complex that came into being in 1924 and has been restored under the vigilante of Gil Hanse since 1997.
It is a lucky course as the original classic layout designed by Tillinghast is preserved and it is one of Tilly’s finest works.

#15 - Westhampton C.C., Westhampton Beach

Westhampton is an old age classic originally designed by Seth Raynor in 1315 and was restored to its original glory by Gil Hanse in 2009. It is an 18-hole classic course that features a quality architectural identity provided by classic Raynor templates.
It covers an area of 6358 yards and still maintains wide-open fairways in the small area. The ninth hole is known as one of the most difficult holes of this course as it sits 440 yards away. The 17th hole requires a trick shot due to its up-down surface between 205 yards that it covers eloquently.

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