Tee off at the Hamptons and North Fork public golf courses
The Complete East End Summer Package wouldn’t be complete without a round of golf. Fortunately, the Hamptons and North Fork golf courses offer spacious and scenic greens, perfect for enjoying a good walk while maintaining safe social distancing. Get your tee time at these public classes and get ready to hit the links.
Montauk Downs State Park
50 Fairview Avenue South, Montauk. 631-668-3781, parks.ny.gov/parks/montaukdowns
This 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones is known for its unpredictable difficulty, with wind currents from the ocean and bay changing daily. The park also offers a driving range, six championship tennis courts, a swimming pool and a paddling pool for children, a restaurant service, a club house and a grill room. Parking requires a New York State Empire Pass, which costs $ 80. The swimming season begins June 26 and costs $ 7 for adults and $ 5 for children. Access to tennis courts is $ 30 per hour.
Poxabogue Golf Center
3556 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack. 631-537-0025, poxgolf.com
The golf center is popular for its renowned professional golf courses, but it also offers nine holes and an extensive driving range. All tee times must be booked online and fares are $ 18 for Southampton and East Hampton Town residents and $ 30 for non-residents.
Sag Harbor State Golf Course
Pointe de Barcelona, port of Sag. 631-725-2503, parks.ny.gov/golf/17
This nine-hole golf course occupies almost 50 acres of the 341-acre plot known as the Barcelona Pass Natural Resource Management Area. Located on a peninsula and surrounded by woods, cliffs and wetlands, this charming golf course is so enjoyable you’ll want to play it twice. Green fees are $ 22 on weekdays and $ 33 on weekends and holidays.
Cedars Golf Club
305 Cases Lane, Cutchogue. 631-734-6363, cedarsgolfclub.com
Designed by Russel Case, this nine hole par three course features four ponds creating significant water hazards for an added challenge. Early departure times are strongly recommended and walk-in entries will only be accepted if a departure time is still available. Reservations are $ 15 per golfer with a maximum of four golfers per group.
Cherry Creek Golf Links
900 Reeves Ave, Riverhead. 631-369-6500, Cherrycreeklinks.com
This course is famous for its signature hole 18, a tough 644 yard par six with deep ravines to the left, a climb and sand traps near the green. Reservations for the tee time are $ 25 to $ 55 to walk 18 holes ($ 45 to $ 75 to roll) and $ 20 to $ 25 to walk nine holes ($ 30 to $ 35 to climb). When you’ve completed the challenging 18th hole, head to the on-site The 19th Hole restaurant for breakfast or lunch.
The woods of Cherry Creek
967 Reeves Avenue, Riverhead. 631-506-0777, thewoodsatcherrycreek.com
Considered a shooter’s delight, this par 71 course is an alluring track comprised of tree-lined fairways, winding doglegs and seven of the 18 holes overlooking beautifully sculpted ponds. Reservations for the tee time are $ 25 to $ 55 to walk 18 holes ($ 45 to $ 75 to roll) and $ 20 to $ 25 to walk nine holes ($ 30 to $ 35 to climb). Hungry golfers should check out the mouth-watering lunch and dinner menus at Stonewalls Restaurant after their game.
Indian Islands Country Club
661 Riverside Drive, Riverhead. 631-727-7776, indianislandcountryclub.com
This 18-hole Suffolk County golf course, designed by William F. Mitchell ASGCA, features 6,506 meters of golf course and magnificent views of the Peconic River. Like other municipal courses, Indian Island strives to stagger tee times, prevent the use of golf carts, limit face-to-face transactions, and clean facilities frequently. Reservations can be made online through the county’s Green Key system.
Sandy Pond Golf Course
1495 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead. 631-727-0909, facebook.com/sandypondgolf
The nine-hole Sandy Pond course offers par three holes perfect for beginners and experts playing their short game. The relaxed course features 1,070 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 27.
End of the island golf club
5025 Route 25, Greenport. 631-477-0777, Islandsendgolf.com
Test your accuracy with fairways, water hazards, sand traps and more to challenge yourself and improve your game. Views of Long Island Bay and Strait are plentiful on this bucolic 18-hole course, adding to its undeniable North Fork charm. Reservations for the tee time can be made online for $ 55.
Shelter Island Country Club
26 Sunnyside Avenue, Shelter Island Heights. 631-749-5404, refugeislandcc.org
The nine-hole course, known locally as ‘Goat Hill’, covers 2,512 meters of a wide variety of terrain and has seven blind holes to keep things interesting. The course was established in 1901 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Golfers who are cheerful after their little game can have lunch or dinner at The Flying Goat restaurant.