Friar's Head Golf Course

3000 Sound Ave,

Riverhead, New York 11901

  • Office

    +1 (631) 722 6010
  • Pro shop

    +1 (631) 722 6010
  • Fax

    +1 (631) 722 6012
  • Golf pro

    Adam McDaid (PGA, Head Golf Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Duneland, links course. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Sand dunes, woodland and Long Island Sound seashore.

  • Designer:

    Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw

SSS or slope






How to get there:

4 mi NW of Riverhead, Long Island / 76 mi E of New York City (Times Square, Manhattan).

Friar's Head Golf Course

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

Est. 2003

Friar's Head Golf Course is one of the top-rated and finest championship layouts in the United States. The excellent duneland, links course, laid out by the incomparable design duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, contains a wealth of wonderfully crafted and challenging holes.

In its open links-style setting, pot bunkers and large sandy waste areas play their full part in proceedings. The par-4 15th brings you down to the Long Island seashore, with the par-4 16th, par-3 17th and doglegging par-4 18th also played close to the Sound. A wonderfully natural seaside links that will thoroughly test your all-round game.

Limited access: this private course is generally playable only by members and their invited guests.

List of courses: Long Island (East)


Who can play and when?

Private club; visitors/guests may only play if hosted by a member.

Green fees

Outside visitor fee not applicable; private course for members and their guests.

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Friar's Head is a walking course; golf cart usage only with permission of Golf Professional. Caddies required by all players.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The term Friar's Head comes from a nearby sand formation. Sailors thought the formation bore a resemblance to a Friar's head when it was approached from the sea.

Just a couple of hundred yards west of Friar's Head is another private golf club, the Baiting Hollow Club, which is home to a course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Published ranking

New York state's 5th best course (Golf Digest, 2023/24).
USA's 15th best course (Golf Digest, 2023).
World's 23rd best course (GOLF Magazine, 2023/24).


  • Holiday Inn Express - Long Island (East End)

    1707 Old Country Rd (Rte 58), Riverhead, NY 11901

    +1 (631) 548 1000

    Visit website

    Situated in the heart of Long Island's North Fork, this Holiday Inn Express is minutes from the Long Island Expressway, and offers travellers quality accommodations and excellent service. The hotel's facilities include free high-speed internet access, a fitness centre and complimentary hot breakfast.

    • Golf at this hotel:


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      Long Island National; Friar's Head (private).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Several private courses including Shinnecock Hills, Sebonack and National Golf Links.

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