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A trip to the Long Island region would not be complete without a round at one or more of the world-famous and - in some cases - extremely challenging - golf courses here.
Start with the Bethpage State Park Black Course located just a short distance from New York City. If you can get on (your reservation will need to be secured weeks in advance) you won't be able to ride and you'll pass a sign before you start warning: “The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers". You'll be playing the infamous site of the 2002 United States Open where the rough was rougher than some pros felt was fair. If all this seems a little be much for you, the good news is that the state park offers four other easier courses for you to choose from.
Further east is Long Island National along the region's north coast. Conspiring with the winds off the Long Island Sound to disrupt your game are thick woods and rolling hills of tall fescue grasses. Accuracy is key here if you're to avoid the lakes and bunkers scattered along the course.
Finally, along the eastern tip of Long Island is Montauk Downs State Park where scenic views of the surrounding water, strong winds, and elevated tees and greens are part of an experience that demands a precise short game.
Those are just a few of the golf choices along this playground for the rich and famous (and those who aspire to rub shoulders with them).
Golf Courses in Long Island, the Hamptons, Montauk, Fire Island