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.
Note: The only true par-3s are in Suffolk County; a few short-length courses exist in Nassau, but feature some par-4 holes. Greens fees average less than $20 a round.
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.; 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
BERGEN POINT COUNTRY CLUB AND GOLF COURSE, 69 Bergen Ave., West Babylon, 631-661-8282 pro shop, bergenpointgolfcourse.com. Hours: Call. Rentals, hand-power carts, lessons, sports bar and grill, clubhouse, lockers, showers, driving range, putting green, Suffolk County Park, course managed by Zebra Golf Inc. 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 14-Nov. 11, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Red Course par 70, March 30-Nov. 25, 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, March 17-Nov. 25. 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
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.; call for summer schedule. 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
DIX HILLS PARK GOLF COURSE, 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills, 631-499-8005 pro shop, dixhillsgolf.com. Hours: 6 a.m.-6 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 7 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
GOLF CLUB AT MIDDLE BAY, 3600 Skillman Ave. Oceanside, thegolfclubatmiddlebay.com, 516-766-1880. Pro shop, lessons, memberships, also Middle Bay Cafe. Course: 18 holes, par 72.
GREAT ROCK GOLF CLUB
GREAT ROCK GOLF CLUB, 141 Fairway Dr., Wading River, 631-929-1200, 631-886-2700, greatrockgolfclub.com. Hours: Weekend tee times recommended. Pro shop, locker room, memberships, restaurant, 631-886-2777. Course: 18 holes, par 71.
GULL HAVEN GOLF COURSE
GULL HAVEN GOLF COURSE, New York Institute of Technology campus, Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, 631-436-6059 pro shop, gullhavengolf.com Hours 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 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: Call. 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
HEATHERWOOD GOLF CLUB, 303 Arrowhead Lane, Centereach, 631-473-9000 pro shop, 631-521-7547 restaurant, heatherwoodgolfing.com. Hours: Dawn-dusk daily year-round. Course: 18 holes, par 60. (6 par-4 holes).
HOLBROOK COUNTRY CLUB
HOLBROOK COUNTRY CLUB, 700 Patchogue-Holbrook Rd., Holbrook, 631-467-3417, holbrookccgolf.com. Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Wed., Thur., 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., March-Dec. weather permitting; closed Tue. Run by Town of Islip, resident rates, lessons available. Course: 18 holes, par 71.
INDIAN ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB
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
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; office, shop 516-889-8181; banquet hall 516-897-5436; 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, closed Wed. (course only). Course 9 holes, par 36.
MIDDLE ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB
MIDDLE ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB, 275 Middle Island-Yaphank Rd., Middle Island, 631-924-3000, middleislandcc.com. Hours: 6 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
MILL POND GOLF COURSE, 300 Mill Rd., Medford, 631-732-8249 reservations, golfatmillpond.com. Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. midseason, call for hours other times. Links-style course. Courses: 18-hole championship; two 9-holes.
MONTAUK DOWNS STATE PARK GOLF COURSE
MONTAUK DOWNS STATE PARK GOLF COURSE, 50 S. Fairview Ave., Montauk, 631-668-5000, 631-668-1100 pro shop. Hours: Call. Course: 18 holes, par 72.
NORTH WOODMERE GOLF CLUB
NORTH WOODMERE GOLF CLUB, Branch Boulevard and Hungry Harbor Road, North Woodmere, 516-571-7814, nwsdy.li/nwoodmerepark, 516-571- 7815. Hours: Open year-round. Course: 9 holes, par 31.
NORTHPORT VA HOSPITAL GOLF COURSE
NORTHPORT VA HOSPITAL GOLF COURSE, 79 Middleville Rd., Northport, nwsdy.li/northportvagolf. Hours: Call. 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: 6:30 a.m.-dusk Mon.-Sat., 12:30 p.m.-dusk Sun. year-round. Course: 9 holes, par 37.
PINE HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
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
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
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
SAG HARBOR STATE PARK GOLF COURSE, off Route 114, Sag Harbor, 631-725-2503, nwsdy.li/sharbor. Hours: Call. 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.
SHELTER ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB
SHELTER ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB, 26 Sunnyside Ave., Shelter Island Heights, 631-749-0416 pro shop, shelterislandcountryclub.com. Hours: 7 a.m.-dusk daily. Course: 9-hole, par 33.
SMITHTOWN LANDING GOLF CLUB
SMITHTOWN LANDING COUNTRY CLUB, 495 Landing Ave., Smithtown, 631-979-6534, nwsdy.li/slanding. 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
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
STONEBRIDGE GOLF LINKS & COUNTRY CLUB, 2000 Raynors Way, Smithtown, 631-724-7500, stone bridgeglcc.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
SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK GOLF COURSE,north end of Sunken Meadow State Parkway, Kings Park, 631-269-5351, parks.ny.gov. Pro shop and lessons 631-544-0036, Hours 5 a.m.-sunset May-July, 5:30 a.m.-sunset Aug., 6 a.m.-7 p.m. April and Sept., 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March and Oct., 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov.-March. Season Open all year, weather permitting. Courses 3 9-hole combinations form three different 18-hole courses.
SWAN LAKE GOLF CLUB
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
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
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 May-Oct., times vary in Nov.- Dec., 7 a.m.-5 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., then varies. Closed Mon., except holidays (driving range stays open); year-round, weather permitting. Course: 18 holes, par 70.
WEST SAYVILLE GOLF COURSE
WEST SAYVILLE GOLF COURSE, 200 Montauk Hwy., West Sayville, 631-567-1704, pro shop; run by Suffolk County, reserve at suffolkcountyny.gov/parks (with Green Key Card or nonresident Key card, fee $4). Hours: Vary throughout the year; call. Course: 18 holes, par 72.
WILLOW CREEK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
WILLOW CREEK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, 1 Clubhouse Dr., Mount Sinai, 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
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.