Long after the majority of Long Island's golfers have packed their clubs away for hibernation, a dedicated group of players keep the active deep into the fall and winter. For them, Halloween, Thanksgiving and even New Year's are just great golfing days with wide-open tee sheets, merely chillier equivalents to warm spring rounds on Memorial Day weekend.
While many players have never encountered or even heard of a frost delay, the wind-chill-tested still swinging this November are gearing up for the 2017 buffet of Thanksgiving golf rounds, complete with hot coffee and cold beer. All outings promise to have you home in time for holiday legwork. Some tee off before or after Turkey Day. Most are listed below (all outings are on Thanksgiving unless otherwise noted):
Mill Pond's 11th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shootout tees off at 8 a.m. The event sells out quickly. Click the preceding link for full info.
Brentwood Country Club gets off to an extra-early start with a shotgun tee time scheduled for 7:30. $42 for 18 holes and cart ($38 for seniors). Roll, coffee and golf goodies included. Call (631) 436-6060 to reserve a spot.
Cherry Creek Links is offering golf, cart and continental breakfast for $50. Breakfast will be served at 8:00, with shotgun start following at 9:00. Call (631) 369-6500 to reserve.
Spring Lake Golf Club will host its annual holiday scramble on the 18-hole Thunderbird Course. Breakfast is served at 7:15 with tee time to follow at 8:00. Call (631) 924-5115 for a spot.
Pine Hills Country Club holds its annual holiday outing on Black Friday. Shotgun tee time is 9:30 a.m. on November 24. The $65 entry fee includes cart, range, raffles, contests and a sleeve of golf balls. Call (631) 878-7103 to sign up.
Pine Ridge Golf Club will once again celebrate Thanksgiving a few days early with a Turkey Shoot scramble on Saturday, November 18. The $60 entry fee covers golf, cart, range balls and dinner. Tee time is 11 a.m. Top prize is a turkey. Call (631) 331-7930 or register online at the Pine Ridge website.
Timber Point Golf Course is hosting a nine-hole scramble complete with prizes for closest to the pilgrim (pin) and wildest turkey (driving contest). Bagels and mimosas are included along with cart and range balls for $59 per player. Tee time is 9:30 a.m. Register by Tuesday, November 21 either online or at the Timber Point pro shop.
Harbor Links will hold its annual holiday Turkey Shoot, scheduled for a 9:00 tee time. Golf, cart and breakfast is $65 for Town of North Hempstead residents; $75 for non-residents. Call (516) 767-4816.
Island's End Golf & Country Club in Greenport will feature a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start to make sure everyone's home in time for dinner. Cost is $49 with cart.
Crab Meadow Golf Course is offering 18 holes, breakfast and beverages as part of its holiday Turkey Shoot scramble. Call (631) 757-8800 for details and registration.