The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Yankee baseball, excellent pizza and hotdogs might be the first things that come to your mind when you think about New York. But while all of those things are excellent to think about, one of the most underrated aspects of the Empire State is the amazing quality of the golf courses. Here are the six best golf courses in the entire state of New York.Bethpage was a no brainer for our list. If there was a mecca for golf in New York, it would probably be Bethpage. The Black course, which is world famous, is so good that it hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open. So yeah, you can say that the course is pretty good. The fact that it was designed in the early 1930s helps to give all of the five Bethpage courses a deep, rich history. If you’re going to go golfing in New York, you need to make the trek out to Farmingdale and play on Bethpage’s Black course. Make it happen.
Located in the north Bronx, Van Cortlandt (“Vanny” to its members and the locals), has some of the best history of any golf course in the United States. Vanny is the oldest public course in the country, meaning that it’s had some amazing members, such as Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and the son of former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Van Cortlandt is a very long course though. If you’re going, make sure that you have a few hours cleared out of your schedule.
Some of the world’s best golfers have made their way to Atunyote throughout the years. Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson have both played the course that was designed by Tom Fazio. At over 7,300 yards, you’ll need to be driving the ball very well in order to have a good round of golf at Atunyote. There is a series of hills, waterfalls and a few lakes that make the course incredibly beautiful.
The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club
Designed by arguably the best golfer ever, Jack Nicklaus, The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club was made to feel like you’re at the home of golf, in Scotland. It’s America’s oldest continuously private club, and has a very old, historic feeling about it. It’s incredibly similar to the original St. Andrews Links in Scotland. If you’re a member at the club, you won’t need a tee time in order to play the course.
Winged Foot Golf Club
Winged Foot is a regular on the PGA Tour these days. If it’s good enough for the pros to play on, it should most definitely be good enough for any of us. The holes are very long and the fairways are pinched, which make it difficult to make par. You’ll know you’re having a good day if you can do well on the 3rd and 10th holes.
Although Ravenwood limits the amount of memberships that it sells to a mere hundred, if you can get in, it’s still a great place to golf. With lots of tall trees surrounding the course, it’s very pleasing to look at and play on. It’s not easy to gain access, but if you keep searching for a way, you’ll eventually find yourself teeing off on the first hole.
New York is much more than just tall buildings, excellent food and world series rings — golfing in the northeast is very challenging and fun. Search for good places to get your get your NYC tee times and discover some of the best golf courses in the entire country.