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New York State, with the Big Apple at its heart, requires no introduction. Everybody knows about the shopping, Broadway and a host of other world famous sights that can be found in and around the USA’s most populous city.

Some golfers may therefore be surprised to hear that the New York metropolitan area boasts more world-class golf courses than any other urban area in the world.

Long Island, to the east of the city, is a veritable hotbed and it’s not only home to numerous world ranked golf courses, it also has its own golf association (formed in 1922) that currently comprises of 81 affiliated golf clubs, including Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links of America and Bethpage State Park.

Upstate, the quantity thins out, but you’ll still find Golden Age treats from Donald Ross at Whippoorwill and Oak Hill. Further west in New York State you’ll find another classic from Dornoch’s most famous son at the Country Club of Buffalo.

It’s not easy to accurately count the number of golf courses in New York State because many facilities have multiple courses and varied playing options. For example, some facilities claim three different courses from three 9-hole loops. It’s likely that there are between 875 and 1,000 courses spread across the Empire State.

However, we can say with accuracy (at the time of writing) that there are 504 golf clubs affiliated to the New York State Golf Association, but there are also 481 golf clubs affiliated to the Metropolitan Golf Association and many of these golf clubs are attached to both organizations. If anyone has counted the number of New York’s golf courses be sure to let us know!

Our New York Best In State Rankings were last updated in December 2020. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - New York

Shinnecock Hills

1st New York - Best in Area

Not only was Shinnecock Hills Golf Club one of the five founding members of the USGA but also it was where one of the first specifically designed golf clubhouses was built.

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National Golf Links of America

2nd New York - Best in Area

National Golf Links of America is a golf course of monumental historical importance, it’s a “Bear’s Best”, or “Blair's Best” of the early 20th century.

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Fishers Island

3rd New York - Best in Area

Fishers Island Club is set romantically on a narrow island that is a mere two miles wide and eight miles long.

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Friar's Head

4th New York - Best in Area

Set in 350 acres, this rugged course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and opened for play in 2003 with the philosophy that golf at Friar’s Head should be about options and creativity.

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Winged Foot (West)

5th New York - Best in Area

The West course at Winged Foot Golf Club is the work of A.W. Tillinghast, one of America’s greatest golf course designers, and this is Tilly’s finest creation.

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Garden City Golf Club

6th New York - Best in Area

The strict men-only policy of the exclusive Garden City Golf Club puts it in the limelight for all the wrong reasons...

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Bethpage (Black)

7th New York - Best in Area

The Bethpage Black course really is as difficult and penal as the high slope rating suggests. It’s not for the faint hearted.

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Maidstone

8th New York - Best in Area

The course at The Maidstone Club was routed by Willie Park Junior across the Gardiner Peninsula, which is one of the finest parcels of golfing ground in the world.

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Winged Foot (East)

9th New York - Best in Area

Just like the West course at Winged Foot Golf Club, the East is the work of A.W. Tillinghast and it’s another of his truly brilliant creations.

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Quaker Ridge

10th New York - Best in Area

The course at Quaker Ridge Golf Club is one of the most unheralded layouts in the USA and only those in the know have heard of it, and only the lucky few have played it.

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New York Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 James Gold Courses Played 66
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 66
3 M. James Ward Courses Played 60
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 60
5 BAM Courses Played 55
6 James VanArsdall Courses Played 43
7 Bill Vostniak Courses Played 42
8 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 39
= Joshua Asher Courses Played 39
10 Bob McCoy Courses Played 35