Golf is as much a Thanksgiving tradition for some cold-hardened Long Island golfers as turkey and stuffing. So they don't mind missing the Thanksgiving Day parade as long as they can be out on a local fairway buzzing 3-irons through chilly wind gusts. And waiting out a brief frost delay is no big deal -- the host of holiday golf outings around Long Island on Turkey Day typically include hot breakfast.
As usual, Long Island golfers can find a variety of golf outings and discounts on this year's Thanksgiving menu. Many of them are listed below:
Mill Pond's tenth 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 appeals to the earliest risers, with shotgun tee time scheduled for 7:30. $42 for 18 holes and cart ($38 for seniors). 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.
Pine Hills Country Club is reducing green fees on Thanksgiving Day. On Black Friday, November 25, Pine Hills will host a shotgun outing that goes out at 9:30. The event includes cart, raffles and a sleeve of golf balls. Entry fee is $60. Call (631) 878-7103 to sign up.
Pine Ridge Golf Club will celebrate Thanksgiving a few days early with a Turkey Shoot scramble on Saturday, November 19. The $60 entry fee covers golf, cart, range balls and dinner. Tee time is 11 a.m. Call (631) 331-7930 to register or sign up online.
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 included along with cart and range balls for $59 per player. Tee time is 9 a.m. Sign up online or call (631) 581-2401.
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.
Lido Golf Club's Thanksgiving Turkey Trot includes breakfast, range balls, a winter beanie and a chance to win long-drive and accuracy contests. Tee time is 8 a.m. Call (516) 889-8181 to register.
Crab Meadow Golf Course is offering 18 holes, breakfast and free beer as part of its holiday Turkey Shoot, which tees off at 8:30. Format is four-person scramble. $65 entry fee includes cart, range balls, contests, prizes and post-round beer and appetizers. Call (631) 757-8800 to register.
Leisure Pass Discount Holders in Nassau County (veterans, seniors, differently abled and civic volunteers) can save close to 50 percent on nine-hole rounds at local municipal courses this fall and winter thanks to a county discount announced earlier this week.
Golf On Long Island's Phil Carlucci will talk about his book Images of America: Long Island Golf on September 28 as part of the Huntington Historical Society's "Lunch & Learn" series. Society members and non-members are invited to attend the event, which will take place at Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse in Huntington.
The book discussion will focus on Long Island golf history, including the emergence of private and public courses, the boom and bust periods of local golf, and the many courses that were lost over the region's 125-year golf history. Signed copies of Long Island Golf will be available for purchase. A three-course lunch is included in the $50 admission ($45 for society members). Reservations are required and can be made online at the Huntington Historical Society website.
Huntington's "Lunch & Learn" events are monthly discussions that combine local food with a look back at Long Island's rich history. All lectures begin at 12 p.m. and last approximately two hours. For a 2016-17 schedule, or for more information about the series, visit Huntington's Lunch & Learn page.
The Town of Hempstead is accepting applications for its Supervisor's Cup Golf Classic, an annual tournament hosted by Town Supervisor Anthony Santino and the Department of Parks and Recreation that lets residents battle it out on the course in a quest for the Cup.
Now in its ninth year, the Supervisor's Cup is open to all Town of Hempstead residents but limited to 144 golfers (and 20 alternates) determined by lottery. This year's event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19 at Lido Golf Club.
Participating golfers will receive range balls, motor cart, continental breakfast, barbecue lunch, prizes and refreshments in addition to 18 holes at one of Long Island's most popular courses. Group photos will be taken at 9:00 a.m., followed by a 10:00 shotgun start. Format for the event is four-person scramble. Awards will be given out for longest drives, accurate drives and closest to the pin. The winning foursome will receive the Supervisor's Cup.
Download and print an application by visiting the Town of Hempstead website. Completed applications must be faxed to (516) 292-6024 or mailed to the Parks Department and postmarked by Tuesday, September 20. Applications can also be dropped off in person prior to the deadline.
Registered names will be drawn in a public lottery held at the Merrick Road Park Golf Course on Tuesday, September 27. Entry fee for lottery winners is $15. (There is no cost to apply.) Rain date for the event is Wednesday, October 26.
For specific details and instructions regarding the registration process, and for additional information on the tournament schedule and format, visit the Town of Hempstead website or call (516) 292-9000, x-7245.
Harbor Links golfers can beat the heat with a nice meal and a cold drink to top off a round this month on the sun-splashed Port Washington course. Harbor Links is offering a Golf & Grub special through August that includes a full round with cart included, followed by an entree and drink at the course restaurant. The special is available Tuesday through Friday at a cost of $59-79 for Town of North Hempstead residents ($89 for non-residents).
Happy hour at Harbor Links combines beers, burgers and ball-striking, as well. For $20, players can work through a large bucket of balls at the Harbor Links range, then grab a burger and draft beer in the grill room. The happy-hour deal is offered Mondays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Built over what was formerly a sand mine along Hempstead Harbor, Harbor Links is made up of the 18-hole Championship Course and a nine-hole Executive Course. For more on current specials, visit the Harbor Links website.
Anthony Scorcia, whose "On Par with Anthony Scorcia" radio show airs Saturday mornings on WGBB 1240-AM, spoke with golf and Bethpage historian Phil Young this morning to discuss the Black Course in advance of The Barclays later this month.
Young, an A.W. Tillinghast expert with several books on Bethpage and its legendary architect, spoke about his concerns regarding the Black Course's setup and its move away from the fundamental aspects of Tillinghast's original design. Narrowed fairways and "dumbed-down" greens are an insult to the designer, he said, and have taken away from Tillinghast's masterpiece.
"You wouldn't go into the Louvre and say, 'You know, I think Mona Lisa would be better as a blonde,'" Young said.
The Black Course will host The Barclays from August 25-28.
The New York Islanders are swapping out their ice skates for Footjoys next month, and you can play right alongside them as part of the Islanders Children's Foundation Golf Outing at Bethpage State Park. Islander players, coaches and alumni will take on the Red Course to benefit an organization that has raised more than $10 million for Long Island children in need since its inception.
The ninth annual ICF Outing will take place on Tuesday, September 20, with tee time scheduled for 12 noon. Foursomes will be joined by a celebrity golfer. Registration is $750 for individual golfers and $2,900 for a foursome.
Included in the entry fee are a pre-round brunch, a BBQ lunch served on the course and a post-round cocktail and dinner reception after the round. Prizes will be awarded during the reception and all attendees will have an opportunity to bid on Islander memorabilia and unique experiences.
For registration and sponsorship information, see the event brochure on the Islanders website or contact Ann Rina at (516) 501-6870.
Bethpage Black will host The Barclays tournament from Thursday, August 25 to Sunday, August 28, but local golfers will be affected as early as August 8. That's the day Bethpage Black will close to the public in preparation for the event, which will bring some of the world's most famous golfers to Long Island for the FedEx Cup playoffs.
The Black Course will close on August 8 and remain out of regular operation through September 2. Meanwhile, Bethpage's other four courses, as well as the driving range, pro shop and restaurant, will all close on Saturday, August 20 and reopen on September 1.
Call the park directly at (516) 249-0701 for additional details.