Best golf courses: Long Island (East)

Golf on Long Island (East): East Hampton and Riverhead mostly have private golf clubs. Among the public offerings that have made it to our list are Long Island National Golf Club featuring a beautiful open links-style layout, Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course, an open downland course with challenging holes, and the open, well-curated layout of Swan Lake Golf Club, which is popular among golfers trying to improve various facets of their game.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
East Hampton
Jones, Rees

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

East Hampton

Designer

Rees Jones

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Providence
Raynor, Seth

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Providence

Designer

Seth Raynor & Charles Banks

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Riverhead
Coore & Crenshaw

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Riverhead

Designer

Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Riverhead
Strong, Herbert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Riverhead

Designer

Herbert Strong
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Riverhead
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Riverhead

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
East Hampton
Park Jr, Willie

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

East Hampton

Designer

Original layout by Willie Dunn; redesign by Willie Park Jr and his younger brother John "Jack" Park (1922); renovation by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2013).

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
East Hampton
Jones, RT Sr & Rees Jones

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

East Hampton

Designer

Original design by English amateur golfer and course architect Capt H. Charles Tippet (1927); redesign by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1968); renovations by Robert's son Rees Jones (2002).

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

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Riverhead

Designer

Charles Blair Macdonald

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Riverhead
Duane, Frank

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Riverhead

Designer

Francis J. "Frank" Duane

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Riverhead
Nicklaus & Doak

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Riverhead

Designer

Jack Nicklaus & Tom Doak

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Riverhead
Flynn, William S.

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Riverhead

Designer

Original 12-hole course design by Willie Davis (1891), extended to 18-holes by Willie Dunn Jr (1894). This layout substantially redesigned by Charles B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor (1901).

A second substantial redesign was required when the course moved to the north side of the clubhouse (1931). Retaining only five holes from the Macdonald/Raynor layout, the new course was designed by William S. Flynn, with construction supervised by Howard C. Toomey. Apart from the two nine-hole loops being swapped around and some lengthening, the layout has remained largely unchanged since 1931.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Riverhead
Martin, Charles K.

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Riverhead

Designer

Charles K. Martin

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