The 2010-11 winter golf season was over almost as soon as it began. By the time Golf On Long Island posted its first edition of Winter Rates Roundup in early January, Long Island golf courses were nestled under a blanket of post-Christmas snow. So this year, fittingly on a day that nearly touched 60 degrees, we'll get the Winter Rates Roundup started a little early.
Golf On Long Island wants local players to know that the golf season doesn't have to end in October, which is why we publish some of the area's offseason deals throughout the winter. All you need is a warm hat and waterproof shoes. You can pass on the $100 wind and cold-weather gear, too -- any old turtleneck and zip-up fleece will do. The winter is a great time to play good courses at low rates and your own leisurely pace. Crowds are typically sparse.
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:
- Pine Ridge: $45 on weekdays, $35 after 12 p.m.; $50/$35 on weekends (all rates include cart)
- Tallgrass: $50 to ride on weekdays, $40 after 12 p.m.; $60/$50 on weekends; take off $10 to walk (NOTE: Course closed for season as of January 2.)
- Great Rock: $39 to ride on weekday mornings, $29 in the afternoon; $49/$39 on weekends
- Swan Lake: $45 to ride/$35 to walk on weekday mornings, $55/$44 on weekend mornings (AM rates include breakfast or lunch); $42/$32 PM weekdays, $48/$38 PM weekends
For more of this season's winter rates, check out 2011-12 Winter Rates Roundup II and 2011-12 Winter Rates Roundup III. And for offseason rates from previous years and a primer on winter golf in general, refer to Winter Golf on Long Island.