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Best Golf Courses In New York 2022: It’s (Private) Golf Mecca

Pound for pound it’s not hard to make the argument that New York is the best state in the country for golf.

More than that, you could make the argument that the region within two hours of New York City is the best spot on the planet for world-class golf.

There are simply so many phenomenal courses to choose from.

There’s just one problem, while it’s a Mecca for golf, it’s more accurately a mecca for private golf.

Of our combined list of the top 30 golf courses in New York? Just 1 is public (but it’s a really good one).

New York is interesting because if you’re trying to play the best golf courses in New York, there are also many other world class courses within a short drive to New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania.

That said, there’s a lot to cover, so let’s jump in.

Best Golf Courses In New York 2022

Quaker Ridge Golf Club

The par 4, 4th at Quaker Ridge.

These rankings are averages of the Best in State Rankings from Golf Digest, Top 100 Golf, Golf Magazine, and Golfweek. We listed the nearest major city to make planning easier.

To be included there needed to be a minimum of two inclusions in one of the publications listed above. Make sure you read the whole post, as there are some very good courses that didn’t get included by this methodology. I’ll discuss some of them below

  1. Shinnecock Hills G.C., Southampton
  2. National G. Links of America, Southampton
  3. Fishers Island Club, Fishers Island
  4. Friar’s Head G.C., Baiting Hollow
  5. Winged Foot G.C. (West), Mamaroneck
  6. Garden City G.C. Garden City
  7. Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale
  8. Maidstone Club, East Hampton
  9. Oak Hill C.C. (East), Rochester
  10. Winged Foot G.C. (East), Mamaroneck
  11. Quaker Ridge G.C., Scarsdale
  12. Sebonack G.C., Southampton
  13. Sleepy Hollow C.C., Scarborough-On-Hudson
  14. Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley
  15. The Creek, Locust Valley
  16. Glens Falls, Queensbury
  17. St. George’s Golf & CC, Setauket
  18. Wykagyl C.C., New Rochelle
  19. Whippoorwill Club, Armonk
  20. Westchester C.C. (West), Rye
  21. Atlantic G.C., Bridgehampton
  22. Meadow Brook Club, Jericho}
  23. Hudson National G.C., Croton-On-Hudson
  24. Fenway G.C., Scarsdale
  25. Oak Hill C.C. (West), Rochester
  26. Engineers, Glen Head
  27. The Bridge, Bridgehampton
  28. Country Club of Buffalo
  29. Monroe G.C., Pittsford
  30. Southampton, Southampton
  31. Crag Burn G.C., East Aurora
  32. Deepdale G.C., Manhasset
  33. Teugega, Rome
  34. Westhampton C.C., Westhampton Beach
  35. Century C.C., Purchase
  36. East Hampton G.C., East Hampton
  37. NorthShore CC, Glen Head
  38. Silo Ridge Field Club, Amenia
  39. Leatherstocking, Cooperstown
  40. Bethpage State Park (Red), Farmingdale
  41. Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, Bronx
  42. Sunningdale CC, Scarsdale
  43. Glen Oaks Club (White/Blue), Old Westbury
  44. Huntington, Huntington
  45. C.C. of Rochester
  46. Old Oaks C.C., Purchase
  47. Manhattan Woods G.C., West Nyack
  48. Rockaway Hunting Club, Lawrence
  49. Turning Stone (Atunyote), Verona
  50. Pound Ridge, Pound Ridge
  51. Turning Stone (Kaluhyat), Verona
  52. Saratoga National, Saratoga Springs
  53. Sagamore, Bolton Landing
  54. Montauk Downs State Park, Montauk Point
  55. Turning Stone (Shenendoah), Verona

Golf Digest Best In New York

Oak Hill East Hole 13

Oak Hill East exceeded all of my expectations, and is very deserving of being in the top 100 in the world.

  1. Shinnecock Hills G.C., Southampton
  2. National G. Links of America, Southampton
  3. Fishers Island Club, Fishers Island
  4. Winged Foot G.C. (West), Mamaroneck
  5. Friar’s Head G.C., Baiting Hollow
  6. Oak Hill C.C. (East), Rochester
  7. Sebonack G.C., Southampton
  8. Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale
  9. Winged Foot G.C. (East), Mamaroneck
  10. Garden City G.C., Garden City
  11. Sleepy Hollow C.C., Scarborough-On-Hudson
  12. Maidstone Club, East Hampton
  13. Quaker Ridge G.C., Scarsdale
  14. Hudson National G.C., Croton-On-Hudson
  15. Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley
  16. The Creek, Locust Valley
  17. Atlantic G.C., Bridgehampton
  18. Wykagyl C.C., New Rochelle
  19. Westchester C.C. (West), Rye
  20. Meadow Brook Club, Jericho}
  21. The Bridge, Bridgehampton
  22. Silo Ridge Field Club, Amenia
  23. Westhampton C.C., Westhampton Beach
  24. Glen Oaks Club (White/Blue), Old Westbury
  25. Deepdale G.C., Manhasset
  26. Fenway G.C., Scarsdale
  27. Oak Hill C.C. (West), Rochester
  28. Crag Burn G.C., East Aurora
  29. Whippoorwill Club, Armonk
  30. Country Club of Buffalo
  31. East Hampton G.C., East Hampton
  32. Century C.C., Purchase
  33. Turning Stone (Atunyote), Verona
  34. Turning Stone (Kaluhyat), Verona
  35. Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, Bronx
  36. Manhattan Woods G.C., West Nyack
  37. C.C. of Rochester, Rochester
  38. Monroe G.C., Pittsford
  39. Rockaway Hunting Club, Lawrence
  40. Old Oaks C.C., Purchase

Golf Magazine Best In New York

  1. Shinnecock Hills G.C., Southampton
  2. National G. Links of America, Southampton
  3. Fishers Island Club, Fishers Island
  4. Friar’s Head G.C., Baiting Hollow
  5. Winged Foot G.C. (West), Mamaroneck
  6. Garden City G.C., Garden City
  7. Maidstone Club, East Hampton
  8. Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale
  9. Sleepy Hollow C.C., Scarborough-On-Hudson
  10. Quaker Ridge G.C., Scarsdale
  11. Oak Hill C.C. (East), Rochester
  12. Winged Foot G.C. (East), Mamaroneck
  13. Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley
  14. The Creek, Locust Valley
  15. Glens Falls, Queensbury
  16. Sebonack G.C., Southampton
  17. Whippoorwill Club, Armonk
  18. St. George’s Golf & CC, Setauket
  19. Atlantic G.C., Bridgehampton
  20. Wykagyl C.C., New Rochelle
  21. Fenway G.C., Scarsdale
  22. Oak Hill C.C. (West), Rochester
  23. Westchester C.C. (West), Rye
  24. Monroe G.C., Pittsford
  25. Hudson National G.C., Croton-On-Hudson
  26. Century C.C., Purchase
  27. Westhampton C.C., Westhampton Beach
  28. Southampton, Southampton
  29. The Bridge, Bridgehampton
  30. Engineers, Glen Head

“Top 100 Golf”  Best in New York

  1. Shinnecock Hills G.C., Southampton
  2. National G. Links of America, Southampton
  3. Fishers Island Club, Fishers Island
  4. Friar’s Head G.C., Baiting Hollow
  5. Winged Foot G.C. (West), Mamaroneck
  6. Garden City G.C., Garden City
  7. Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale
  8. Maidstone Club, East Hampton
  9. Winged Foot G.C. (East), Mamaroneck
  10. Quaker Ridge G.C., Scarsdale
  11. Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley
  12. Oak Hill C.C. (East), Rochester
  13. Sebonack G.C., Southampton
  14. Whippoorwill Club, Armonk
  15. The Creek, Locust Valley
  16. Sleepy Hollow C.C., Scarborough-On-Hudson
  17. Wykagyl C.C., New Rochelle
  18. St. George’s Golf & CC, Setauket
  19. Glens Falls, Queensbury
  20. Monroe G.C., Pittsford
  21. Westchester C.C. (West), Rye
  22. Engineers, Glen Head
  23. Meadow Brook Club, Jericho}
  24. Country Club of Buffalo, Williamsville
  25. Fenway G.C., Scarsdale
  26. Hudson National G.C., Croton-On-Hudson
  27. Oak Hill C.C. (West), Rochester
  28. Atlantic G.C., Bridgehampton
  29. The Bridge, Bridgehampton
  30. Southampton, Southampton

Top 100 Golf Courses in New York

Winged Foot West Course

The 9th at Winged Foot West

It should come as no surprise that New York is a hotbed of top 100 courses, featuring some of the very best places to play golf on the planet.

Golf Digest Top 100 America (New York Courses)

  • #4 – Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
  • #7 – National Golf Links of America
  • #9 – Fishers Island Club
  • #12 – Winged Foot Golf Club (West)
  • #16 – Friars Head Golf Club
  • #20 – Oak Hill (East Course)
  • #38 – Sebonack Golf Club
  • #40 – Bethpage State Park (Black Course)
  • #41 – Winged Foot Golf Club (East)
  • #61 – Garden City Golf Club
  • #62 – Sleepy Hollow Country Club
  • #64 – Maidstone Club
  • #76 – Quaker Ridge Golf Club
  • #89 – Hudson National Golf Club

Golf Digest Top 100 Public (New York Courses)

  • #8 – Bethpage State Park (Black Course)

Golf Magazine Top 100 Public (New York Courses)

  • #5 – Bethpage State Park (Black Course)
  • #66 – Bethpage State Park (Red Course)
  • #95 – Ferry Point Golf Links

Golf Magazine Top 100 America (New York Courses)

Fishers Island Club Hole 14

The 14th green at Fishers Island Club.

  • #3 – Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
  • #4 – National Golf Links of America
  • #9 – Fishers Island Club
  • #13 – Friars Head Golf Club
  • #15- Winged Foot Golf Club (West)
  • #25 – Garden City Golf Club
  • #29 – Maidstone Club
  • #30 – Bethpage State Park (Black Course)
  • #36 – Sleepy Hollow Country Club
  • #39 – Quaker Ridge Golf Club
  • #40 – Oak Hill (East Course)
  • #46 – Winged Foot Golf Club (East)
  • #56 – Piping Rock Golf Club
  • #62 – The Creek Club
  • #86 – Glens Falls Country Club
  • #97 – Sebonack Golf Club

Golf Magazine Top 100 World (New York Courses)

  • #4 – Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
  • #5 – National Golf Links of America
  • #16 – Fishers Island Club
  • #21 – Friars Head Golf Club
  • #25- Winged Foot Golf Club (West)
  • #45 – Garden City Golf Club
  • #52 – Bethpage State Park (Black Course)
  • #56 – Maidstone Club
  • #68 – Winged Foot Golf Club (East)
  • #71 – Sleepy Hollow Country Club
  • #76 – Oak Hill (East Course)
  • #87 – Quaker Ridge Golf Club

Breaking Eighty Top 100 (New York Courses)

Hudson National Golf Club Hole 6

Hudson National is one of my all time favorites.

Worth noting here, this is the list of my favorite courses. Not a list of which courses I think are the best.

  • #2 – National Golf Links of America
  • #11 – Fishers Island Club
  • #12 – Maidstone Club
  • #20 – Hudson National Golf Club
  • #23 – Quaker Ridge Golf Club
  • #29 – Winged Foot Golf Club (East)
  • #36 – Sleepy Hollow Country Club
  • #51 – The Creek
  • #58 – Bethpage State Park (Black Course)
  • #60 – Winged Foot Golf Club (West)
  • #62 – Ferry Point Golf Links
  • #94 – Garden City Golf Club

New York Golf: Dream Itineraries

Plainfield Country Club Hole 2

The 2nd hole at Plainfield Country Club.

Normally in this section of these “Best in State” golf lists, I have a section called “Dream Itineraries.”

The problem with New York? There are so many courses in the area, it’s difficult to nail down a specific itinerary.

Part of the reason this is so difficult is because getting access to many of these courses is very challenging. So often it becomes a case of taking what you can get.

For instance on one trip, I had a 48 hour period that looked like this:

  • Get picked up in NYC
  • Drive to East Hampton
  • Play Maidstone in the morning
  • Play Atlantic G.C. in the afternoon.
  • Take Jitney the following morning back to Manhattan. Take cab to friends house. 
  • Change clothes. Hop on Subway to Penn Station
  • Hop on train to New Jersey.
  • Get on city bus.
  • Get dropped off 1/2 mile from Plainfield Country Club. 
  • Walk to make late afternoon tee time.

This was also when I was broke before the days of Uber….

With New York area courses, it’s often “when you get the invite, you make it work.”

Noteworthy Courses Close to New York

Rather than try and put together a dream itinerary of courses you’re likely not going to be able to perfectly line up, I figured I’d share some of the courses that are very close to NYC that might not have shown up were you just looking for New York golf courses.

If you’re trying to play the best golf courses in the area, or tick off top 100 courses, there are some courses in New Jersey and Connecticut that are within a short drive or train ride.

Also worth noting that many Philadelphia courses are also only within 2.5 to 3 hours – so if you were up for a road trip, many of those are accessible as well. But we’ll save those for another post.

NYC Area New Jersey Courses

Somerset Hills Hole 12

The fantastic par 3 12th at Somerset Hills.

  • Baltusrol (Upper/Lower) – One of the only private clubs in the country to feature two top 100 courses
  • Somerset Hills Country Club – This is a Tillinghast course that is much less brutal than some of his more well-known courses. The very definition of a hidden gem. Or at least it was until social media came around.
  • Ridgewood (West/East) – Another very challenging Tillinghast course. The club has 27 holes, but the West/East combo is the most highly rated.
  • Plainfield Country Club – One of my favorite Donald Ross courses, and has some fun PGA Tour pedigree.
  • Mountain Ridge Country Club – A huge renovation was done a few years ago, that made this Ross track truly start getting more recognition. It just recently popped into the Golf Magazine Top 100 in America.

NYC Area Connecticut Courses

The Redan at Yale

The Redan at Yale, Hole #13.

While Connecticut doesn’t have a ton of courses it does have one very notable one, which is not only one of the best golf courses in the world, it’s also one of the most underrated. 

The Golf Course at Yale is a Macdonald/Raynor collaboration that for years hasn’t got the praise it deserves due to lackluster conditioning. 

But with a Gil Hanse restoration in the works, Yale is only going to get better moving forward.

Check out: Best Golf Courses in Connecticut

Some Additional Thoughts on the Best New York Golf Courses

With so many New York golf courses out there, I still have a long ways to go to play all of the ones I’d like to see.

That said, I’ve played quite a few of them, and I figured I’d give some insight for those interested.

Any Of the Hamptons Courses Will Provide an Unbelievable Experience

The 17th at National Golf Links of America

The 17th at National Golf Links of America

If you have the opportunity to play any other the courses in the Hamptons that are listed anywhere above, GO.

Some might be more highly ranked than others, but ALL of them will provide a wonderful golf experience that is tough to replicate elsewhere.

I’ve played National Golf Links of America, Maidstone, and Atlantic Golf Club. I count all of them among the most memorable golf days of my life.

Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, New York

The 5th at Atlantic Golf Club.

Westchester is a Hot Bed of Amazing Classic Courses

The 3rd hole at Old Oaks

The 3rd hole at Old Oaks

Winged Foot and Quaker Ridge get all of the love in Westchester, but there are a few dozen courses in this area that would get far more recognition if they were anywhere else in the country. 

Wykagyl, Rye, Westchester CC, Old Oaks and so many others are in this area. If you can’t get on one of the most famous, you’ll have a wonderful round at many others.

The first time I played Old Oaks for instance, I couldn’t believe this course didn’t get more attention. It was simply outshined by more famous neighbors.

Turning Stone Will Make for a VERY Fun Weekend

Kaluhyat Golf Course hole 2

The par 4 second at Kaluyat, from up in the trees.

For years the Atunyote and Kaluhyat golf courses at Turning Stone near Ithaca, NY were mainstays on top 100 public lists.

We’ve seen them fall off in recent years, but if you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway in New York state? This is a fantastic option.

Atunyote is one of the most well-manicured courses I’ve ever played, and I enjoyed Kaluhyat even more. 

The resort is much bigger than expected with bars, restaurants, and clubs galore.

World-Class Public Golf is Limited, But What Is There is GREAT

Ferry Point Golf Links

The 13th at Ferry Point with the Manhattan skyline in the background

As you can tell above, New York is full of a ton of world-class private golf courses.

They’re a bit more limited on the public side. But what they do have? It’s fantastic.

A trio of Bethpage Black, Bethpage Red, and Ferry Point would make for a very good few rounds of golf.

I didn’t know what to expect about Ferry Point, but honestly? It exceeded all of my expectations and then some. It’s extremely fun with some world-class views as well.

Want to head further east? Go play Montauk Downs.

Pound Ridge is also a high-end public course that might not be nationally ranked, still has some very fun holes.

Par 3 at Pound Ridge Golf Club

Par 3 at Pound Ridge Golf Club

Other Fantastic Courses that Might Be Overlooked

The Creek Club - New York

The 16th at The Creek Club.

Some of my favorite golf experiences have been in this area, but often get overlooked, once again, because of the sheer number of good golf courses in the area.

  • The Creek Club – This was originally a Macdonald course that had a recent overhaul done by Gil Hanse. In a word? Spectacular. Golf Magazine has recognized it in the Top 100, but you rarely hear it get mentioned much outside of super nerdy golf circles.
  • Hudson National Golf Club – While the architecture aficionados may like to hate on Fazio, he has some of my favorite courses of all time. Hudson National is near the top of the list. There are some quirky holes, but man is this course fun.
  • Old Oaks Country Club – A Tillinghast course that’s nearly as good as any other more famous design Tilly has done.

Our New York Golf Course Recaps

In putting this page together, I realized there are a lot of courses I haven’t properly written about in New York. I have some work to do.

But here are the ones I have done:

Other Best-In-State Recaps

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Where to Eat and Drink in New York

I’ve spent a lot of time in New York, so to go along with the “where to play” section of this post, I figured I’d also highlight a few favorite spots to eat and drink.

Here are a few favorites:

  • Madre NYC – Located in Greenpoint in Brooklyn, this is honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Times two. Both times I’ve been there it’s been absolutely insane. Chef Bryan Noury knows his stuff.
  • Dante – Once voted the best bar in the world. This neighborhood Italian cafe in the West Village will make you one of the best cocktails you’ve ever had.
  • Flatiron Room – One of the best whiskey selections in NYC, phenomenal food, and fantastic live jazz.
  • Dead Rabbit – It’s been considered among the best bars in the world for nearly a decade running, and if you find yourself in the financial district, this is a must go.
  • Osteria Danny (Saratoga Springs) – Should you find yourself up in Saratoga, perhaps to play Glens Falls or Saratoga National, Osteria Danny is absolutely the spot you should make reservations at.
  • Good Luck (Rochester) – We did a group Eighty Club dinner here during our Oak Hill event, it was fantastic and worth stopping by if golfing in Rochester.

Obviously, there are thousands of other good spots, but these are a few of my favorites.

Where to Stay in NYC

If you’re looking to splurge on a nice place to stay in New York, there are no shortage of places to do it.

Peninsula NYC Hotel

  • Peninsula NYC – The Peninsula is one of the most highly regarded luxury hotel brands in the world. It’s location is perfect for most tourists and its service is second to none. Check out my Pensinsula NYC review from a recent stay.
  • Park Hyatt NYC – Among the best Park Hyatt’s in the world. This is also the perfect place to stay if you have Chase reward points. You may have to break into your points piggy bank, but from the second you walk in, you’ll agree it’s worth it.
  • NYC Hilton Midtown – Not nearly as fancy as the previous two, but not as expensive either. It’s central location makes it easy to get pretty much anywhere, the rooms are standard Hilton quality, and it’s huge, so there’s likely to be plenty of availability. 

I could add dozens of other spots to eat, drink, and stay – but we’ll keep it here for now.




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