Golfers from Manhasset to Montauk know there are days when the driver feels like a lead weight in your hands, when you’d rather swing on your front porch than swing that mighty club.
On those days, when the big dog just doesn’t behave, why not consider one of Long Island’s five par-3 courses? These courses feature at least nine holes reachable without the driver for players of modest abilities, but they are not just for beginners. Par-3 courses offer experienced players a chance to use subtle skill and short-game precision to reassert that missing confidence. So tee it high and let it fly.
BAY PARK GOLF COURSE
BAY PARK GOLF COURSE, First Avenue, East Rockaway, 516-571-7244 wait time; 516-571-7242 golf, general, nassaucountyny.gov/1785/bay-park Hours Peak season 6 a.m.-7 p.m. March-Dec., weather permitting; closed in winter. Operated by Nassau County for residents and their guests, and nonresidents. Course 9 holes, par 30.
BERGEN POINT COUNTRY CLUB AND GOLF COURSE
69 Bergen Ave., West Babylon, 631-661-8282 pro shop; bergenpointgolfcourse.com. Hours 6 a.m.-6 p.m. March-Dec., weather permitting. Rentals, hand-power carts, lessons, sports bar and grill, clubhouse, lockers, showers, driving range, putting green. Course 18 holes, par 71.
Bethpage State Park Golf Course
99 Quaker Meetinghouse Rd., Farmingdale, 516-249-0700 general; 516-249-4040 pro shop; 516-249-0707 reservations; 516-927-8380 restaurant. Hours: Black Course par 72, April 13-Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Red Course par 70, March 29-Nov. 24, dawn-dusk. Yellow Course par 71, dawn-dusk all year, weather permitting. Blue Course par 72, dawn-dusk all year, weather permitting. Green Course par 71, dawn-dusk all year, weather permitting. 9 holes Yellow and Blue courses available first 90 minutes each day; after 10 a.m. Tue.-Thur., after 1 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Courses 5 18-hole courses.
BRENTWOOD COUNTRY CLUB
100 Pennsylvania Ave., Brentwood, brentwoodccgolf.com, 631-436-6060 pro shop. Hours 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., mid-March-Dec., weather permitting; closed Mon. Rentals, carts, pro shop, clubhouse, chipping area, putting green. Course 18 holes, par 72.
CANTIAGUE PARK GOLF COURSE
CANTIAGUE PARK GOLF COURSE, West John Street, Hicksville, 516-571-7061 office, nwsdy.li/canpark. Hours: Peak season 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; open daily in winter as weather allows. Course: 9 holes, par 30.
CEDARS GOLF COURSE
CEDARS GOLF COURSE, 305 Cases Lane Ext., Cutchogue, 631-734-6363, cedarsgolfclub.com. This well-maintained course has delighted North Forkers since 1965. The nine holes measure 1,120 yards across 13 acres. Clubs and pull cart rentals available.
CHRISTOPHER MORLEY PARK GOLF COURSE
CHRISTOPHER MORLEY PARK GOLF COURSE, 500 Searingtown Rd., Roslyn, 516-571-8120 for golf; 516-571-8113, general Hours Peak season open 7 days, hours vary, call. Operated by Nassau County. Course: 9 holes, par 30.
DIX HILLS PARK GOLF COURSE
575 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills, dixhillsgolf.com, 631-499-8005 pro shop. Hours 6 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Spring junior camp. Course 9 holes, par 31; good for beginners.
E. DONALD CONROY GOLF COURSE AT SUMPWAMS CREEK
E. DONALD CONROY GOLF COURSE AT SUMPWAMS CREEK, 75 Cedar St., Babylon, 631-669-2340. This 9-hole course measures 1,156 yards and no hole is longer than 180 yards. The elevated greens challenge your putting, and locals boast about how well the tiny course is maintained.
EISENHOWER PARK GOLF COURSE
Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, golf course 516-572-0327; general 516-572-0328; wait time 516-572-0330; pro shop 516-222-2620; miniature golf 516-572-0407; driving range 516-572-0337, nassaucountyny.gov Hours Peak season 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Season Open daily all year, weather permitting. Courses 3 18-hole courses (White, Red and Blue), all par 72.
GLEN COVE GOLF COURSE
109 Lattingtown Rd., Glen Cove; general 516-676-0550; pro shop 516-671-0033; restaurant 516-200-9603; must have permit to play except twilight, glencovegolfclub.com Hours 6:30 a.m.-dusk daily in season, closed Mon. except holidays. Memberships, twilight golf, lessons. Course 18 holes, par 67.
GOLF CLUB AT MIDDLE BAY
3600 Skillman Ave. Oceanside, thegolfclubatmiddlebay.com, 516-766-1880. Pro shop, lessons, memberships, Middle Bay Cafe. Course 18 holes, par 72.
GREAT ROCK GOLF CLUB
141 Fairway Dr., Wading River, greatrockgolfclub.com, 631-929-1200, 631-886-2700. Hours Dawn-dusk, year-round. Pro shop, locker room, memberships, restaurant, 631-886-2777. Course 18 holes, par 71.
GULL HAVEN GOLF COURSE
New York Institute of Technology campus, Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, 631-436-6059 pro shop, gullhavengolf.com. Hours 6 a.m.-6 p.m., weather permitting. With generous fairways and small, medium-speed greens, this course is good for beginners and seniors. The terrain is flat and easy to walk. Course 9 holes, par 35.
HARBOR LINKS GOLF COURSE
HARBOR LINKS GOLF COURSE, 1 W. Fairway Dr., Port Washington, harborlinks.com Hours Dawn-dusk. Course 18 holes, par 72; 9 holes, par 31.
HEARTLAND GOLF PARK
HEARTLAND GOLF PARK, 1 Executive Dr., Edgewood, 631-352-2595, heartlandgolfpark.com. Long Islanders thrill to the replica holes featured here, including the seventh at Pebble Beach, 12th at Augusta National and the famous island green at TPC Sawgrass No. 17. The park includes a driving range and mini-course.
HEATHERWOOD GOLF CLUB
303 Arrowhead Lane, Centereach, 631-473-9000 pro shop, heatherwoodgolfing.com. Hours Dawn-dusk daily, year-round. Course 18 holes, par 60 (6 par-4 holes).
HOLBROOK COUNTRY CLUB
700 Patchogue-Holbrook Rd., Holbrook, holbrookccgolf.com, 631-467-3417. Hours 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Wed.-Fri., 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., March-Dec., weather permitting; closed Tue. Pro shop, carts, lessons available. Course 18 holes, par 71.
INDIAN ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB
661 Riverside Dr., Riverhead, indianislandcountryclub.com. Hours 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends to Oct., then hours vary. Run by Suffolk County. Course 18 holes, par 72; 9-hole play offered, based on availability.
ISLAND’S END GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
5025 Rte. 25, Greenport, islandsendgolf.com, 631-477-0777 pro shop. Hours 7 a.m.-dusk all year, weather permitting. Course 18 holes, par 72.
LIDO GOLF CLUB
LIDO GOLF CLUB, 255 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach; 516-889-8181, office, shop; 516-897-5436, banquet hall; lidogolf.com Hours Dawn-dark daily, weather permitting. Course 18 holes, par 72.
MERRICK ROAD PARK GOLF COURSE
MERRICK ROAD PARK GOLF COURSE, 2550 Clubhouse Rd., Merrick, 516-868-4610. Hours Open all year, 6 a.m.-dusk, closed Wed. (course only). Course 9 holes, par 36.
MIDDLE ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB
275 Yaphank-Middle Island Rd., Middle Island, 631-924-3000, middleislandcc.com Hours 7 a.m.-dusk weekdays, dawn-dusk weekends year-round, weather permitting. Courses 27 holes, 3 separate 9-hole courses, 1 par 35, 2 par 36.
MILL POND GOLF COURSE
300 Mill Rd., Medford, 631-732-8249 reservations, golfatmillpond.com. Hours 7 a.m.-5 p.m. midseason. Links-style course. Courses 18-hole championship; two 9-holes.
MONTAUK DOWNS STATE PARK GOLF COURSE
50 S. Fairview Ave., Montauk, 631-668-5000, 631-668-1100 pro shop. Open year-round weather permitting Course 18 holes, par 72.
NORTH WOODMERE GOLF CLUB
NORTH WOODMERE GOLF CLUB, Branch Boulevard and Hungry Harbor Road, North Woodmere, 516-571-7815; nwsdy.li/nwoodmerepark. Hours 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Course 9 holes, par 31.
NORTHPORT VA HOSPITAL GOLF COURSE
79 Middleville Rd., Northport, nwsdy.li/northportvagolf Open to public 7 days a week during season. Course 9 holes, par 35.
PENINSULA GOLF CLUB
PENINSULA GOLF CLUB, 50 Nassau Rd., Massapequa, 516-798-9776 pro shop; peninsulagc.com Hours Dawn-dusk year-round. Course 9 holes, par 37.
PINE HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
2 Country Club Dr., Manorville, 631-878-4343, reservations (can call 7 days in advance) 631-878-7103, pro shop, pinehillsgolfing.com. Hours 6 a.m.-7 p.m. daily April-Oct., 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Nov.-March Course 18 holes, par 73.
PINE RIDGE GOLF CLUB
2 Golf Course Dr., Coram, 631-331-7930, pineridgegc.com Hours 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, year-round, weather permitting. Course 18 holes, par 70.
POXABOGUE GOLF COURSE
3556 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton, 631-537-0025, poxgolf.com Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Tue. Often used for instructional purposes. Course 9 holes, par 30, instruction.
SAG HARBOR STATE PARK GOLF COURSE
off Route 114, Sag Harbor, 631-725-2503, nwsdy.li/sharbor. Hours Dawn-dusk daily year-round, weather permitting. Course 9 holes, par 35.
SANDY POND GOLF COURSE
SANDY POND GOLF COURSE, 1495 Roanoke Ave., Riverhead, 631-727-0909. A short trip from Tanger Outlets and Route 58, Sandy Pond was reconstructed in 2012. Still, it's so old school that players often pay greens fees via the honor system. Holes range from 85 to 160 yards and the course totals about 1,100 yards.
SMITHTOWN LANDING GOLF CLUB
495 Landing Ave., Smithtown, 631-979-6534, nwsdy.li/slgolf. Hours 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May-Sept., 7 a.m.-dusk other times; closed Mon. Courses 18 holes, par 72; 9 holes, par 27.
SPRING LAKE GOLF CLUB
30 E. Bartlett Rd., Middle Island, 631-924-5115 pro shop, nwsdy.li/slakegc. Hours Dawn-dusk daily year-round. Course 18 holes, par 72; 9 holes, par 36.
STONEBRIDGE GOLF LINKS & COUNTRY CLUB
2000 Raynors Way, Smithtown, 631-724-7500, stonebridgeglcc.com. Hours 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April-Sept.; 7 a.m.-dusk rest of the season. Open to the public Mon.-Fri., and after noon on weekends. Course 18 holes, par 70.
SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK GOLF COURSE
North end of Sunken Meadow State Parkway, Kings Park, 631-269-5351, parks.ny.gov. 631-544-0036 pro shop and lessons. Hours Sunrise-sunset April-Oct.; 8 a.m.-sunset. Nov.-March. Season Open all year, weather permitting. Courses 3 9-hole combinations form three different 18-hole courses.
SWAN LAKE GOLF CLUB
388 River Rd., Manorville, 631-369-1818, swanlakegolf.com. Hours 6 a.m.-dusk April-Sept.; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct.-March. Rentals, pro shop, lessons, Eagle's Nest Cafe Bar & Grille. Course 18 holes, par 72.
THE LINKS AT CHERRY CREEK
THE LINKS AT CHERRY CREEK, 900 Reeves Ave., Riverhead, 631-369-6500 general, cherrycreeklinks.com Hours Dawn-dusk open all year, weather permitting. Course 18 holes, par 73.
THE WOODS AT CHERRY CREEK
967 Reeves Ave., Riverhead, 631-506-0777, nwsdy.li/ccwoods. Hours Dawn-dusk through Thanksgiving Day. Course 18 holes, par 71, with short-game practice area
TIMBER POINT GOLF COURSE
398 Great River Rd., Great River, 631-581-2401, pro shop; reservations at nwsdy.li/tpgc. Hours 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends mid-April-Labor Day; times vary Oct.-Dec.; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily March-April. Course 27-hole championship course.
TOWN OF OYSTER BAY GOLF COURSE
TOWN OF OYSTER BAY GOLF COURSE, Southwoods Road, Woodbury, 516-677-5980. Hours 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April-Oct., closed Mon., except holidays (driving range stays open); year-round, weather permitting. Course 18 holes, par 70.
WEST SAYVILLE GOLF COURSE
200 Montauk Hwy., West Sayville, 631-567-1704, westsayvillegolf.com pro shop; run by Suffolk County, reserve at suffolkcountyny.gov/parks (with Green Key Card or nonresident Key card, fee $4). Hours Vary. Course 18 holes, par 72.
WILLOW CREEK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
1 Clubhouse Dr., Mount Sinai, 631-474-9200, hamletwillowcreek.com. Hours Dawn-dusk, all year, weather permitting. Lessons, restaurant, putting green, carts, clubhouse, memberships. Course 18 holes, par 71.
WIND WATCH GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
1715 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge, 631-232-9850 pro shop; hamletwindwatch.com. Hours Dawn-dusk, year-round. Course 18 holes, par 72.