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

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Private club

Nearest city

East Hampton

Designer

Rees Jones

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

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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

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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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Riverhead

Designer

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

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Private club

Nearest city

East Hampton

Designer

Original layout by Willie Dunn; redesigned by Willie Park Jr and his younger brother John "Jack" Park (1922); modified by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2013).
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
East Hampton
Jones Sr & Jones

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

East Hampton

Designer

Original design by Robert Trent Jones Sr; redesigned by RTJ Sr and his son Rees Jones (1968).

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

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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

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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.

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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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