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4 Best Public Golf Courses in The Hamptons

04/10/22  |  Maria Cunneen

There isn’t much more of a lavish pastime than setting out for a round of golf in the Hamptons. While some courses are reserved for members, there are still many exquisitely manicured public courses sprawling over the gorgeous countryside and beaches.

A brief overview of the Hamptons

The Hamptons can be a bit confusing to the newly acquainted. It consists of only two Townships, Southampton and East Hampton, which make up Suffolk County, New York.

But the entirety of the Hamptons is much more than that. Several small towns are found throughout the Hamptons area, all unique and charming. Intertwined between them are high-end shops of all kinds. Boutique grocery stores, butcher shops, bakeries, historical sites, sprawling beaches, and endless leisurely recreation define this coastal paradise.

This infamous oceanside resort is a perfect enclave for the affluent homeowner and prolific New York City weekender to live or enjoy their vacation property and hit the beach or the links.

Heading out on the Island, you will find popular places to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. From west to east, you will discover Remsenburg, Westhampton, West Hampton Dunes, Westhampton Beach Quogue, and East Quogue, to name a few. There are a handful more along the way to the furthest point of Montauk, and the entire area is ripe with some of the best golfing in the state.

A crash course on the courses

Here you will find top-rated public courses to dust off the old irons and enjoy the wide-open fairways and iconic colonial backdrops while refining your swing. It’s likely no secret that many of the islands' courses, especially in the Hamptons, are some of the finest this country has to offer. Not only are they highly ranked based on local testimony, but pros and other tycoons of every kind also frequent them. Several have even made Golf Digest’s Top 100 list somewhere along the way.

Membership certainly has its privileges on the East end, but that privilege can come with a significant waiting period. Here's a shortlist of the top public courses you should be sure to visit, whether you’re a member or not.

Pine Hills Golf and Country Club

Situated in the Pine Barrens region, this course is delicately tucked away in what is practically a nature preserve. The luscious fairways and greens are surrounded by stunning, tall pines that guide you through the 165 acres and over 7,000 yards of the majestic playing area.

Beyond the golf, this well-maintained public course gives players the private country club feel. Wheel and deal by booking a private corporate outing or taking friends and family on a relaxing excursion. Take a private lesson with a pro or practice all year long with their chipping area and putting green. There is also a full bar and restaurant open to the public. This #1-voted golf course by GOLFNOW is sure to please.
This is a fabulous venue to get out on the grass without fuss and have an enjoyable golfing experience.

Rock Hill Golf Club

The Rock Hill Golf Club is another beautifully curated public course located in Manorville. Like Pine Hills, this club is famous for group outings and tournaments. There are shotgun outings and first tee events where tee times can be booked by groups of 16 people or more for personalized tournament-style play with co-workers or other types of parties. Rock Hill also comes equipped with a high-end golf shop, driving range, and a teaching studio. There is also a restaurant available with full catering service. It’s fabulous for accommodating large groups but also pampers small parties and individuals.

A top-tier instructor runs the golf academy on the premises, and he is ranked as one of America's top 50 golf teachers. Whether you are an experienced player or venturing out to try a new sport for the first time, Rock Hill welcomes all. The course is entirely open to the public, and anyone can pay a nominal fee to set up a tee time. For those who may find themselves frequenting this course on a more regular basis, Rock Hill offers a variety of membership packages.

Look at all the options from group outings, membership packages, and other club perks here.

Swan Lake Golf Club

Nestled amidst the serene landscape of the Hamptons, Swan Lake Golf Club is a golfer's paradise. This meticulously designed 18-hole course offers a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels. The course is beautifully maintained, featuring lush fairways, well-manicured greens, and strategically placed water hazards. Swan Lake Golf Club is a testament to the Hamptons' commitment to preserving its natural beauty while providing a world-class golfing experience.

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For those interested in Westhampton real estate, Swan Lake Golf Club is an excellent choice for both residents and visitors looking to enjoy golfing at its finest. Look at all the options from tee times and other club perks here.


The Woods at Cherry Creek


The Woods at Cherry Creek is an extension of the Cherry Creek Golf Links and is known for its tranquil setting and challenging design. This 9-hole course offers a unique golfing experience surrounded by dense woodlands. The Woods is perfect for golfers seeking a quick round or a leisurely afternoon on the green.

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For those considering Westhampton real estate, living near The Woods at Cherry Creek allows easy access to a golfing oasis amidst the Hamptons' natural beauty. You can learn more about memberships, tee times, and tournaments here

Live to Play

Once the day on the links is done, it’s time to wind down, relax, and enjoy the luxury and comfort of your Hamptons home. As we mentioned above, it can be quite a challenge to find the proper village or Hampton hamlet that suits your leisure style.

Fortunately, Maria Cunneen can put you at ease and help you find the best piece of property to suit your style. Maybe you’re looking for Westhampton beach houses for sale, or any Westhampton real estate for that matter. It is also worth looking at homes for sale in Quogue, NY, or the Remsenburg real estate market.

As a native of Long Island and a resident of Westhampton for nearly two decades, Maria has become an expert in the luxury real estate market in the Western Hampton areas. She is dedicated to her clients and has represented buyers and sellers for over 16 years. Over that time, Maria Cunneen has built a sterling reputation for her deep relationships, caring nature, professionalism, and integrity. There is no one better to assist you in finding your solitude in the Hamptons than Maria Cunneen.

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