New York, New England Golf Trips To Do This Summer

A game enjoyed by both casual and dedicated players, golf is not just a test of skill and improvement, but a great way to hang out with friends. Here are four public courses to try – two in New York, two in New England – which are destinations for players looking for challenging links in interesting locations.

NEW YORK STATE

Bethpage State Park Golf Course

Aerial view of the Bethpage Golf Course Clubhouse in Bethpage State Park.
Credit: Jeffrey Basinger

Long Islanders are blessed with some of the country’s top-rated public and private courses in Nassau and Suffolk counties, but while a private club isn’t open to all comers, anyone who can book a tee time on this popular fairway. His most famous course is his black course, which has hosted the US Open Championship twice, the PGA Championship once and two other PGA Tour events and is set to host the Ryder Cup in 2024.

However, if you’re not quite ready for what’s billed as one of the toughest courses in the United States, there are four others to try (the yellow, blue, green, and red; yellow being the shortest). New York State residents can reserve time through the Bethpage Golf Course website, with weekday 18-hole, nine-hole and sunset games cheaper for each course than anything on the weekend -end.

NEWS 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale, New York; 516-249-4040, bethpagegolfcourse.com

NEARBY The course is only one mile from the north end of Main Street at Farmingdale Village, a pedestrian strip that houses several restaurants and taverns. Broadhollow Road is also dotted with restaurants and entertainment venues and is also a good place to find hotels. A close option (also about 3.5 miles from Bethpage Golf Course) is the Hilton Long Island Huntington (598 Broadhollow Rd, Melville; 631-845-1000, hilton.com), with nightly rates starting at $184.

Turning Stone Resort Casino

The Atunyote Golf Course at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in...

The Atunyote Golf Course at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in upstate New York.
Credit: Turning Stone Resort Casino/Russell Kirk

This upstate (Oneida County) entertainment hub has five golf courses – three 18-hole, two nine-hole – including the 18-hole Atunyote, which was designed by renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio and has hosted both the PGA National Professional Championship and the BC Open. Turning Stone also has an area known as the Golf Dome, which includes two golf simulators, a 17,500 square foot short game practice area, two-tier hitting stations and a golf store. You don’t have to be a resort guest to play, non-guest rates vary by course, day and time of season.

NEWS 5218 Patrick Road, Verona, New York; 800-771-7711, turnstone.com

NEARBY Other reasons to golf at Turning Stone include all the things to do there. It has a casino with over 60 table games, a bingo hall, 2,000 slot machines and a poker room considered the largest in New York State. The site has four tennis courts (two indoor, two outdoor) and two indoor racquetball courts at its Sportsplex facility. Turning Stone also has more than a dozen restaurants and a live entertainment schedule that features upcoming shows from comedians like Jeff Dunham (July 8), Gabriel Iglesias (August 5) and Amy Schumer (September 24) and musical acts such as Daughter (August 25) and The killers (September 26). Golfers who wish to stay can take advantage of a two-night “Champions Package” (until October 9) from $178 per night; nights without the package start at $119.

NEW ENGLAND

Club Crumpin Fox

The Crumpin-Fox Club: 18-hole golf course in Bernardston,...

The Crumpin-Fox Club: 18-hole golf course in Bernardston, Massachusetts.
Credit: Crumpin-Fox Club

A 12-time US Open qualifying course, it features a long eighth hole with a lake lining much of its fairway. The rates depend on the day and time of play; book online in advance via the course website. Visitors can dine at the site’s Zeke’s Bar and Grill restaurant, which also hosts frequent live music during the summer — but for those looking to make a stay, the Inn at Crumpin-Fox has nightly rates from $159 $.

NEWS 87 Parmenter Road, Bernardston, Massachusetts; 800-943-1901, crumpinfox.com

NEARBY Located in rural western Massachusetts, there are few urban adventures – but it’s also about 93 miles from Boston, a journey that should take just under two hours. For attractions closer to the club, the Magic Wings Conservatory and Butterfly Gardens (281 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield; 413-665-2805, magicwings.com) is home to thousands of butterflies, as well as other insects and creatures, and Memorial Hall Museum (8 Memorial St., Deerfield; 413-774-3768, memorialhalldeerfield.org) has galleries that feature exhibits ranging from paintings and furniture to Native American artifacts and items of archaeological interest. The Great Falls Discovery Center (2 Avenue A, Turners Falls; 413-863-3221, greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org) sits along the Connecticut River and offers both outdoor spaces to explore and an indoor study of the river’s course between Canada and Long Island Sound, its human history and the wildlife that call it home.

Richter Park Golf Course

The Richter Park golf course in Danbury, Connecticut.

The Richter Park golf course in Danbury, Connecticut.
Credit: Richter Park

Serving in the past as a US Open qualifier and host of the MGA Public Links Championship, this course features four sets of tees and is renowned for its dozens of bunkers and frequent water views. It sits in Stanley L. Richter Memorial Park, which is also home to hiking trails, tennis courts, and live entertainment during the summer. Tee times vary depending on the time and day of play and can be booked by non-residents up to nine days in advance.

NEWS 100 Aunt Hack Rd., Danbury, Connecticut; 203-792-2550, richterpark.com

NEARBY Only about 95 miles from the center of Long Island, it’s not too far for a day trip. Visitors can take the ferry from Port Jefferson (102 W. Broadway; 888-443-3779, 88844ferry.com) to Bridgeport, which would cut your trip by about 25 miles. While at Danbury, the Danbury Fair Shopping Center (7 Backus Ave.; 203-743-3247, danburyfairmall.com) is a place to shop, dine, and stroll. For hiking opportunities, scenic Tarrywile Park (70 Southern Blvd.; 203-744-3130, tarrywile.com) has a pair of ponds, historic gardens, lots of native wildlife, and a lake to see while strolling along the park’s 21 miles of trails . For rides and attractions, Thrillz high-flying adventure park (5 Prindle Lane.; 203-942-2585, thrillzdanbury.com) offers obstacle courses, rock climbing, ziplining and laser tag among its amenities. There are a number of hotels in the area; Holiday Inn Express and Suites Danbury (89 Mill Plain Rd.; 203-205-0800, ihg.com) is nearby (1.5 miles away) with nightly rates starting at $131.77.

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