Best golf courses: Around New York City

New York City and its surrounds may not seem like a place for golf, but the fact is that hundreds and thousands of rounds are played annually at its public golf courses. The Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Long Island is a very challenging course flocked by skilled golfers and the woodland surroundings are tranquil enough to help you focus on your game. Pound Ridge boasts thoughtfully designed holes and a landscape of woodlands, wetlands and exposed rock full of beauty and drama.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Nicklaus, Jack

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A Jack Nicklaus Signature design.
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
New York City
Macdonald, Charles Blair

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Charles Blair Macdonald, with construction overseen by Seth Raynor (1911). Later modifications by Pete Dye (1987), Tom Doak (2010) and Bruce Hepner (2015).
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
New York City
Macdonald, Charles Blair

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Charles Blair Macdonald, with construction overseen by Seth Raynor (1923); modifications by Gil Hanse & George Bahto (2011).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Emmet & Tull

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Devereux Emmet and Alfred H. Tull (1927)
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
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Dye, Pete & Perry

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Father/son team of Pete and Perry Dye.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
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New York City
Van Kleek, John

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John Van Kleek
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Nelson, Larry

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Larry Nelson
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
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Rees & Van Kleek

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New York City

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Original 9-hole course designed by David L. Rees (1920); extended to 18 and original nine redesigned by John Van Kleek (1935). Modifications made by Frank Duane (1964).
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
New York City
Emmet, Devereux

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Original design by Devereux Emmet (1917); restored by Gil Hanse (2011).
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
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New York City
Tucker & Nicklaus

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New York City

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Originally designed by Harry Tallmadge and Englishman William Henry (Willie) Tucker in 1896. Later improvements made by Morris Poucher (1920) and James Braid & John R. Stutt (1930). The course was substantially improved and several holes redesigned by Jack Nicklaus (1983).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
New York City
Nicklaus, Jack

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A Jack Nicklaus Signature design.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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New York City
Tillinghast, A.W.

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New York City

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Albert W. Tillinghast

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Tillinghast, A.W.

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Course designed by Albert W. Tillinghast (1929); modifications by Gil Hanse (2016).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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New York City
Hurdzan, Michael

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New York City

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Dr Michael J. Hurdzan

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
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New York City
Tillinghast, A.W.

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East and West courses designed by Albert W. Tillinghast (1923). West course modified by Rees Jones (2006); East course modified by Gil Hanse (2012).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
New York City
Bergstol, Eric

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Eric Bergstol

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Tillinghast, A.W.

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Original 18-hole course (1895) replaced by two championship layouts, the Upper and Lower courses designed by Albert W. "Tillie" Tillinghast (1918). Lower course modifications by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1948) and his son Rees Jones (2005, 2014). Upper course modifications by Rees Jones (2008, 2014).

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New York City
Cupp & Kite

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Original co-design by Tom Kite and Bob Cupp (2006); modifications by Tom Kite & Steve Wenzloff (2011).

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Private club
New York City
Ross, Donald

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Original course laid out in 1890. Current design by Donald Ross (1921); modifications by Marty O'Loughlin (1930) and Gil Hanse (2009).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
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Tillinghast, A.W.

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Original design by Albert W. Tillinghast (1916); modifications by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1965) and his son Rees Jones (1991-93), and Gil Hanse (2011).

5-PLUS: In the world’s elite - has few peers; one of our top-rated 5s!
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Tillinghast, A.W.

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Original design by Albert W. Tillinghast; later modifications by Rees Jones (1998, 2008, 2015).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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New York City
Tillinghast & Tull

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New York City

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Original design by Albert W. Tillinghast, with significant modifications by Alfred Tull (1958).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
New York City
Macdonald, Charles Blair

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New York City

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Original design by Charles Blair Macdonald, with construction overseen by Seth Raynor (1915); modifications by A.W. Tillinghast (1928) and Gil Hanse (2017).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
New York City
Emmet & Travis

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Original design by Devereux Emmet (1899); later modifications by Walter Travis (1913) and Tom Doak (2015).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
New York City
Bendelow, Tom

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New York City

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Original design by Tom Bendelow with recent improvements by Stephen Kay (2002).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
New York City
Van Etten, Ross and Tillinghast.

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Original layout at this location by club member Lawrence E. Van Etten (1905). Later substantial modifications by Donald Ross (1919), and A.W. Tillinghast (1931); modifications by Arthur Hills (1993); major renovation/restoration by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2006).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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New York City
Jacobson, Rick

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New York City

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Rick Jacobson

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
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New York City
Fazio, Tom

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New York City

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Tom Fazio

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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New York City
Emmet, Devereux

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New York City

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Red course designed by Devereux Emmet (1914). Robert Trent Jones Sr designed the White course (1950) and Blue course (1951).
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
New York City
Bendelow & Van Kleek

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New York City

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Tom Bendelow (1897) and John Van Kleek (1935).
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
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New York City
Travis, Walter

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New York City

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WEST course: designed by Walter Travis (1922); modifications by Tom Fazio (2015). SOUTH course: designed by Walter Travis (1922); modifications by Ken Dye (2000).
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
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New York City
Tucker, William

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New York City

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William H. (Willie) Tucker

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