Craving Life on the Back 9? Check Out These Golf Communities. 

Apr 6, 2023

These NYC suburbs are ideal for golfers of all ages.

Heading to the ‘burbs every weekend just to golf? Then make sure to explore the golf scene – because there’s no need to go the distance just to play 18 holes. 

We’ve rounded up a few local favorites, perfect for golfers of all skill levels. These public courses are open to everyone (though some require advance tee times or other paid passes). Take a peek at a few of our go-to’s, in some popular communities.


Saxon Woods is a public golf course located in Scarsdale. This sprawling course is home to a par 70, 18-hole course packed with rolling hills and bunkers – making it ideal for golfers of all ages and skill levels. 

Image: Saxon Woods

Beyond the green, Saxon Woods also offers a driving range, putting green, and one-on-one golf lessons. The course is open year-round, weather permitting, and draws both a weekday and weekend crowd.

Other recommendations:

Hudson Hills Golf Course (Ossining)
Maple Moor (White Plains)

Exploring NEW JERSEY? 

Summit Municipal Golf Course – “Muni” – is a popular course in Summit. Affordable and challenging, this nine-hole course includes a mix of par-3s and par-4s. With narrow fairways and small greens, this course is all about precision shots – but not too challenging for beginners.

And if you are looking to up your game? Check out the onsite lessons and clinics.

Image: Summit Community Programs 

Other recommendations:
Byrne Golf Course & Rock Spring Golf Course (West Orange)
Bunker Hill Golf Course (Princeton) 

Exploring LONG ISLAND? 

In Port Washington and the surrounding suburbs, Harbor Links tops the list. This scenic public course sits right on the water, with beautiful views of Long Island Sound. 

Photo: Town of North Hempstead

This award-winning 18-hole Championship Course includes a 9-hole Executive Course. Just starting out – or want to refine your golf game? Lessons and clinics are available for all skill levels. Then, post-game, be sure and hit the clubhouse. The menu is top-notch and the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

Other recommendations: 

Bethpage State Golf Course (Bethpage/Farmingdale)
Crab Meadow Golf Course (Northport)


If you’re considering moving in or around Greenwich, The Griffith E. Harris Golf Course – The Griff – is worth a visit. With a variety of lengths and difficulty levels – including some tricky doglegs and bunkers – this course is challenging for any and all golfers. The course hosted the 2018 Metropolitan Golf Association Public Links Championship as well as an official PGA professional event. 

Photo: Greenwich, CT

What’s more, because the course is located within a park, the surroundings are exceptional – and so is the clubhouse. Grab a drink on the outdoor patio before or after hitting the green. 

Other recommendations: 

Oak Hills Park (Norwalk)
Ridgefield Golf Course (Ridgefield) 

Looking for your perfect community – and course? Let’s talk! Schedule your free Suburbs Strategy session now. 

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