One of the most acclaimed and respected golf facilities in the country is right in our backyard, its popularity evidenced by the crowds that swarm all 90 holes on a daily basis and the players that come from afar to camp out for a chance to attack the Black. Two of its courses — the Black and the Red — are highlighted year after year in Golf Digest’s “Best Courses You Can Play” list.
A New York driver’s license is all Long Islanders need to get a headstart on tee times through the park’s phone reservation system. Or show up at the course with your clubs and see what’s available. You’ll have five courses with different personalities to choose from.
A world of golf exists in Nassau far removed from Bethpage and Eisenhower Parks, the waterside layouts on the South Shore and the handful of municipal courses scattered around the county. Some of the best golf courses in the country — not just Long Island — are behind the gates of private clubs, especially on the north shore’s “Gold Coast.” Unfortunately for the public golfer, opportunities to experience those courses are extremely limited.
The gates aren’t completely closed, however. One way to tee off on nationally renowned courses like the Piping Rock Club or The Creek in Locust Valley is, quite simply, to pay. Charity events at private clubs are open to all players, provided they have the ability to pay entry fees typically ranging anywhere from $500 to well into the thousands. Outings raise funds for hospitals, schools, community organizations, memorial funds and other groups, so the high costs benefit good causes.
Part of the allure of golf is being in the great outdoors playing the game you love. All the better when you have a gorgeous vista to look out on while you line up your next shot. The following are five of the most aesthetically pleasing holes to play in our area.
Lido Golf Club #13
Lido Golf Club plays alongside Reynolds Channel on the north side of the barrier island, and a few of its holes are routed right against the water. One of them is the 13th, a straight par-4 that would be simple if not for the channel closely bordering the entire right side. Passing boats, lapping bay water and flocks of sea birds contribute nautical sights and sounds. In the morning, the rising sun illuminates the view from behind. During twilight rounds, tee shots are directed toward a brilliant sunset.
Steak exists in grand simplicity.
After a complex and precisely-timed aging process, a proper steak easily gives way to minimalist meal measures — a quick char on both sides, cooked to order and served overlapping its plate’s boundaries.
While chicken has its merits and pork holds the promise of bacon and a variety of other enchanting cuts, carnivores will always go back to their first love.
Birch Hill Meats
153 Birch Hill Rd., Locust Valley, NY 11560, 516-671-3242
29 Jackson Ave., Syosset, NY 11791, 516-677-1982
Burton & Doyle
661 Northern Blvd., E. Great Neck, NY 11021, 516-487-9200
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