The golf course at Cedar Beach is located on the south side of Ocean Parkway, about five miles west of the Robert Moses Causeway and Captree State Park. It is an 18-hole pitch-and-putt course with no hole longer than 100 yards.
Pitch-and-putt golf is a great way for families, beginners and young kids to get into the sport without the hassle and expense of chasing balls around an active and overwhelming full-length course. At Cedar Beach -- and at the nearby pitch-and-putts at Robert Moses and Jones Beach State Parks -- a quick round of short-game golf can easily be incorporated into a summer day in the surf.
Cedar Beach's 18 holes range from 55 to 100 yards. Many of the course's longer holes face the ocean, so you'll have to put a bit of a charge into shots to get them through the stiff winds blowing off the Atlantic. On shorter holes facing away from the beach, you'll need a more delicate touch as ocean gusts at your back can carry your pitches into no-man's land -- or Ocean Parkway.
A patch of thick shrubbery (above) serves as a hazard on the 11th hole. The 15th hole is the only one with any bend. A wooden pole stands tall as a visual aid. Bring extra balls, especially if you or your playing partners are new to the game. Many of the holes are bordered closely by bushes and dense vegetation, and a sign next to the clubhouse (left) makes it clear that reaching in for lost balls may not be in your best interests.
As of July 2009, a round at Cedar Beach costs $7 for Town of Babylon residents and $8 for non-residents. Players can also rent equipment -- $3 per club, $1 per ball.
Robert Moses State Park Pitch-and-Putt (6 miles)
Jones Beach State Park Pitch-and-Putt (11 miles)
Ocean Parkway, Babylon 11702
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