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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 New York State offers more world-class golf courses than any other urban area in the world.

Downstate, Long Island to the east 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 greats 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.

With close to 1,000 golf courses across the State, make sure you have your clubs in the car and enjoy the Big Apple’s golfing extravaganza.

Our New York Best In State Rankings were last updated in August 2018. 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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Description: 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. Rating: 5.8 out of 6

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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Description: 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. Rating: 5.9 out of 6

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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Description: Fishers Island Club is set romantically on a narrow island that is a mere two miles wide and eight miles long. Rating: 5.6 out of 6

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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Description: 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. Rating: 5.7 out of 6

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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Description: 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. Rating: 5.3 out of 6

Bethpage (Black)

6th 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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Description: The Bethpage Black course really is as difficult and penal as the high slope rating suggests. It’s not for the faint hearted. Rating: 5.6 out of 6

Garden City

7th 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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Description: The strict men-only policy of the exclusive Garden City Golf Club puts it in the limelight for all the wrong reasons... Rating: 5.2 out of 6

Maidstone

8th New York - Best in Area

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

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Description: The course at The Maidstone Club is routed across the Gardiner Peninsula, which is one of the finest parcels of golfing ground in the world. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Quaker Ridge

9th 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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Description: 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. Rating: 5.3 out of 6

Winged Foot (East)

10th 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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Description: 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. Rating: 5.3 out of 6