Best in State
The best golf courses in New York
After California (22), New York is the deepest state in our America's 100 Greatest/Second 100 Greatest ranking with 17 courses making it in 2023-'24. One could argue the quality, at least on the top end, is higher: New York sports 15 courses in the top 100 versus 12 for California.
What really sets the Empire State apart from almost everywhere else are the courses of Long Island, one of the world's most desirable pieces of golf terrain. The combination of sand soils, proximity to the ocean and winds on both coasts, and early golf architecture heritage is unmatched in the United States. It's not just the fearsome fivesome on the east end—Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links, Friar's Head, Maidstone and Sebonack—each ranked among the state's first nine. Many of the courses mid-island and close to New York City would be top of the marquee almost anywhere else, including Bethpage Black, Garden City, Piping Rock, The Creek and newcomer St. George's.
Variety is the spice of life, but most people would happily play all their remaining golf on Long Island without ever leaving.
Below you'll find our 2023-'24 ranking of the Best Golf Courses in New York.
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(Parentheses indicate the course's previous ranking.)
Fishers Island, NY
East Hampton, NY
Garden City, NY
Croton On Hudson, NY
Locust Valley, NY
Locust Valley, NY
Water Mill, NY
Sag Harbor, NY
New Rochelle, NY
Old Westbury, NY
East Setauket, NY
Westhampton Beach, NY
Saratoga Springs, NY
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