With the U.S. Open Championship coming to Shinnecock Hills for a fifth time June 14-17, it’s fitting to take a look at some of the best golf courses on Long Island. The region is home to more than 140 courses, many of which are the most scenic and challenging as any you’ll find.
Determining which is “best” for many Long Island golfers is often based on emotional attachments dating back generations—from the time they were caddies, or when they were able to foil a course for the first time. Nostalgia aside, there are five courses that belong at the top.
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Bethpage Black, Farmingdale
Bethpage State Park is home to five public 18-hole regulation golf courses, but the Black Course stands out as a fierce foe and memorable challenge to those who seek to conquer it. The course was the site of the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009, and the Barclays in 2012 and 2016. It is the future site of the PGA Championship in 2019, the Northern Trust in 2021 and 2027 and the Ryder Cup in 2024. Address: 99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road | Phone: 516-249-0700 Click to golf
Fishers Island Club, Fishers Island
Golf Digest rated Fishers Island Club No. 10 in the country in 2014 for good reason. Opened in 1926, the 18-hole links-style golf course blends with the landscape of the East End. And don’t be surprised if salty sea air blows in your face as you get ready to hit the ball. Take note: you’ll need to take a ferry to get there. Address: 20449 E Main Rd | Phone: 631-788-7221 Click to golf
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton
The world’s best golfers will return to the Shinnecock Hills, a private golf course, later this month with plans to master its natural topography. The challenging course, which dates back to 1891, was the site of the second U.S. Open in 1896. The championship returned in 1986, 1995 and 2004. And the U.S Open will return again in 2026. This course is so admired the 2017-18 edition of Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Courses in America ranked it behind only Pine Valley, Augusta National and Cypress Point. Address: 200 Tuckahoe Road | Phone: 631-283-1310 Click to golf
Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley
Charles Blair Macdonald designed this scenic course in Nassau County in 1911, and its construction was overseen by Seth Raynor. The course was routed around polo fields to accommodate the more popular sport at the time, making Piping Rock particularly difficult. The spacious field and excellent holes keep golfers returning to take on the challenge. Address: 150 Piping Rock Road | Phone: 516-676-0460 Click to golf
Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton
This course, designed by Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus, was established in 2006 on prime Hamptons terrain that includes “rolling fairways, expansive bunkers and waste dunes.” The private course sitting on 300 acres offers panoramic views of Great Peconic Bay and Cold Spring Pond. Sebonack was host of the 2013 Women’s U.S. Open and neighbors both the National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock Hills Golf Course. Address: 405 Sebonac Road | Phone: 631-287-4444 Click to golf