Most public golf courses on Long Island remain open through the cold, sometimes harsh winters. Conditions are typically decent until snow blankets the ground for the first time. Then, the still-green turf turns dull and sloppy, putting surfaces shut down and players are redirected toward crudely chalked circles near the end of the fairway. This year, the winter golf season was only five days old before a blizzard froze it down.
Eventually the courses will thaw, and brave players will make their way out to the (temporary) tee once again. Despite the frigid air and squishy conditions, winter is still a good time to play some of the area's better courses at significantly reduced rates and your own pace.
The following are some of the offseason 18-hole rates at area courses, which in many cases have already been in place since the fall. For full details about rates and course conditions, contact the course pro shops or visit their websites. Note that these do not represent discounted rates at all courses:
- Calverton Links: $35 to walk/$45 to ride during the week; $40/$50 on weekends. Weekday morning rates include range balls and lunch. Twilight rates ($10 off) available after 12 p.m.
- Island's End: $20 Monday to Thursday; $30 Friday to Sunday (plus cart fees -- mandatory before noon Friday to Sunday).
- Links at Cherry Creek: $30 to walk/$40 to ride during the week; $40/$50 on weekends. (Nine-hole rates available on Links Course only.)
- Woods at Cherry Creek: $30 to walk/$40 to ride during the week; $40/$50 on weekends.
And for offseason rates from previous years and a primer on winter golf in general, refer to Winter Golf on Long Island.