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11 golf courses you must play

The ruff second cut of Bethpage State Park's

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Take a drive in any direction on Long Island and you'll eventually pass a golf course.

Known mainly to outsiders for the legendary Bethpage Black (host of 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open) and as hosts of the 1995 and 2004 U.S. Open at the private Shinnecock Hills, Long Island has a golf history and tradition much deeper than that.

ExploreLI.com put together this list of the 11 best public courses on Long Island. Why just the public courses?Anyone can play them, and we're an all-inclusive lot here in the ExploreLI.com offices.

  • Located in Farmingdale, NY.

    Bethpage Black Course Golf Courses, Public 99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road Farmingdale The wait, which can start at 3 or 4 in the morning, is legendary, as ...

  • Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course Golf Courses, Driving range, Public 50 S. Fairview Ave. Montauk The reward is worth the drive to Montauk Downs, the No. 2 public course on ...

  • Located in Farmingdale, NY.

    Bethpage Red Course Golf Courses 99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road Farmingdale The infusion of cash the USGA provided Bethpage to get the Black in U.S. Open ...

  • Eisenhower Park Red Course Golf Courses, Public Hempstead Turnpike East Meadow The Red course is host to the Commerce Bank Championship, a Champions Tour event. But, ...

  • Lido Golf Club Golf Courses, Driving range, Public 255 Lido Blvd. Lido Beach Lido Beach This picturesque and challenging seaside links course features elevated greens guarded by massive bunkers, significant ...

  • Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course Golf Courses, Driving range, Public 1 Southwoods Rd. Woodbury Narrow fairways and all the trappings of a good golf course (sand, water and grass ...

  • Harbor Links Golf Course Miniature Golf, Golf Courses, Kids, Driving range, Miniature Golf, Public 1 West Fairway Dr. Port Washington Golf course in Port Washington that also hosts weddings and events for up to 280 ...

  • Timber Point Golf Course in Great River. (July

    Timber Point Golf Course Cross country skiing, Public, Driving range 398 Great River Rd. Great River County 27-hole golf course featuring a driving range and restaurant. Offers instruction and league play. ...

  • Rock Hill Golf and Country Club Golf Courses, Driving range, Public 105 Clancy Rd. Manorville Gas carts, lessons, driving range, putting green, practice green, restaurant, golf school. Grass range/mats, 2 ...

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