Be sure to polish your clubs and practice your swing; October 4th is National Golf Lovers Day, or more simply, National Golf Day. First celebrated in 1952 with an Illinois event attended by Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, and Dean Martin, National Golf Day serves as a day to celebrate, spread public awareness, and unite fellow golfers in their combined love of the sport. In addition to promoting amateur and professional golfing, the holiday also serves as a PGA-sponsored, charitable event that raises money for a variety of charities and causes. With over 4,300 professional members, the PGA encourages all members to hit the green with fellow contributors and use entry fees to fund charitable causes.
In honor of National Golf Day, now is the perfect time to hit the green and engage in some friendly competition. To assist in locating a prime course in your area, LongIsland.com's booking feature is designed specifically to find and reserve tee times at local courses. Simply pick a course, decide on the number of players, and choose a time, and you'll be given a list of tee times that you can instantly book from the comfort of your own home.
Though there are dozens of private golf courses on Long Island, check out the following list of public courses in Suffolk and Nassau County. Book a tee time through LongIsland.com and head out to play a round of golf for National Golf Day!
Bay Park Golf Course
A 9-hole golf course that stretches 1,956 yards from its furthest tees and features a par value of 30.
1 1st Avenue in East Rockaway
Features three 18-hole courses each measuring between 6,000 and 7,100 yards.
Merrick and Stewart Avenues in East Meadow
Family Golf at the Ponds
An 18-hole, 3,500 yard course designed for players of all skill levels and holding a par value of 60.
100 New Moriches Rd in Lake Grove
Glen Cove Golf Club
Spread across 4,866 yards, this 18-hole course is set along the Long Island Sound and provides for a fast, challenging game.
109 Lattingtown Rd in Glen Cove
Great Rocks Golf Club
Opened in 2001, this 18-hole course features a par value of 71 and is measured at 6,250 yards from longest tees.
141 Fairway Drive in Wading River
Gull Haven Golf Club
A 9-hole course designed for golfers of all ages and skill levels; set across 2,400 yards and with a par value of 34.
1 Gullhaven Drive in Central Islip
Hamlet Willow Creek Golf and Country Club
Opened in 2005, this relatively new club features four 18-hole courses with unique obstacles and challenges.
1 Clubhouse Drive in Mt. Sinai
Heatherwood Golf Club
A 4,109-yard, 18-hole course that has been in operation for nearly five decades.
303 Arrowhead Lane in Centereach
Holbrook Country Club
This 6,252-yard, 71-par course features 18-holes of tree-lined fairways and challenging play.
700 Patchogue-Holbrook Road in Holbrook
Indian Hills Country Club
Designed in 1961, this 18-hole course features varying elevations and tough obstacles that provide for a challenging game.
21 Breeze Hill Road in Northport
Indian Island Golf Club
An 18-hole, par-72 course featuring clear views of the Peconic River.
661 Riverside Drive in Riverhead
Jones Beach State Park Golf Course
An 18-hole golf course set along Jones Beach's boardwalk and the ocean.
1 Ocean Parkway in Wantagh
Lido Golf Course
Designed 100 years ago, this tricky 18-hole course measures 6,900 yards and has a 72-par value.
255 Lido Boulevard in Lido Beach
Long Island National Golf Club
An 18-hole course with multiple lakes, over four dozen bunkers, and changing, hilly landscapes.
1793 Northville Turnpike in Riverhead
Merrick Road Park Golf Club
Three tees ranging from 2,800 yards to 3,400 yards that can be combined for an 18-hole experience.
2550 Clubhouse Road in Merrick
Middle Island Country Club
Featuring 27-holes of golf across 225 acres, this course is great for players of all skill levels.
275 Yaphank Middle Island Rd in Middle Island
Northport Veterans Hospital Golf Course
35-par value, 2,410 yard, 9-hole course set along the Northport VA.
79 Middleville Road in Northport
(631) 261 8000
Oyster Bay Golf Course
Set across 121 acres, this par-70 course features 18-holes of challenging golf for even the most seasoned players.
1 South Woods in Woodbury
Peninsula Golf Club
A flat, 2,963 yard, 9-hole course that is ideal for senior players.
50 Nassau Road in Massapequa
Pine Ridge Golf Club
Featuring four courses of 18-hole golf, this course features expansive greens and numerous bunkers and water hazards for increased challenge.
2 Golf Course Drive in Coram
Poxabogue Golf Center
At 1,583 yards and with a par of 30, this 9-hole course is perfect for honing skills and playing a quick round.
3566 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton
Robert Moses State Park Pitch and Putt Golf Club
An 18-hole, 55 par value course designed for players of all ages and skill levels.
Fire Island in Babylon
Rock Hill Golf and Country Club
A 50-year old, 18-hole course ranging from 5,390 yards to 7,050 yards and providing challenging play.
105 Clancy Road in Manorville
Rolling Oaks Country Club
An 18-hole course measuring 4,715 yards and featuring a par value of 65.
181 Route 25A in Rocky Point
Sag Harbor Golf Club
Though small at less than 50 acres, this 9-hole course features incredible views of the Sag Harbor Bay.
Barcelona Point in Sag Harbor
Sandy Pond Golf Course
A short, 9-hole course designed for children, families, and seniors alike.
1495 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead
Shelter Island Country Club
A 100+ year-old course stretches across 2,512 yards and featuring 9-holes of interesting play.
26 Sunnyside Avenue in Shelter Island Heights
Smithtown Landing Golf Club
Features challenging 9-hole and 18-hole courses set along the Nissequogue River.
495 Landing Ave # 1 in Smithtown
Spring Lake Golf Club
9-hole and 18-hole courses that features numerous water hazards and bunkers for a difficult round of golf.
30 East Bartlett Road in Middle Island
Sumpwams Creek Golf Course
Two 9-hole courses at 994 yards and 1,156 yards with a par value of 27.
75 Cedar Street in Babylon
Sunken Meadow State Park Golf Course
Three 9-hole courses ranging from 5,463 yards to 6,300 yards that mix wide greens and tight passages.
New York 25A in Kings Park
Swan Lake Golf Club
At over 7,000 yards, this large, 18-hole course is surrounded by lakes, cranberry bogs, and nature preserves.
388 River Road in Manorville
Tallgrass Country Club
Sitting on over 150 acres, this 18-hole course boasts 70 bunkers and acres upon acres of blue-gray fescue grasses for extremely challenging play.
24 Cooper Street in Shoreham
West Sayville Golf Course
A par-72, 18-hole course set along two lakes and featuring narrow fairways that create tough playing conditions.
200 CR 85 (Montauk Highway) in West Sayville
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