Golf is the leisure sport of choice for tens of thousands of Long Islanders. With an extensive number of courses scattering around the island, it’s become easy for this sport to continue to grow in popularity. There are over 100 golf courses on the island, each allowing all types of players to play and enjoy golf their own way. You may choose to either belong to a country club, or visit a public golf course. Whichever type of course you choose to play at, you will be able to find a location that fits what you are looking for. A standard round of golf usually consists of 18 holes. However, other courses can have 27 or 36 holes while others may only have 9. If you’re just starting out, golf can be an expensive hobby. Most beginners will want to invest in a basic set of clubs which can run into the hundreds of dollars. But that’s only the beginning. Each time you play you’ll pay to tee up. And if walking is not your thing, you also have the cost of the cart. Then depending on what you’re into, there’s the cost of the snacks and beverages. Golf is perhaps the most social sport because of its relatively slow pace. A round of golf can take up to three hours or more, depending on your accuracy. Knowing which courses you have access to will make it easier in finding which golf course you will choose to use on Long Island. Private golf courses are only available for use by their club members or the community for which it’s set up for. The only other way to use these services is if you’re invited through a member. Public golf courses are available for use for anyone willing to pay the fee charged. Other types of golf courses charge differently, depending on if they choose to become semi-private or charge daily for the use of their course. Both private and public courses are plentiful throughout both Nassau and Suffolk County. The website www.longislandgolfnews.com lists the courses in both counties, separating them into public and private. Good luck and have fun.