Montauk Downs State Park

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4.3
Value
4.7
Layout
5.0
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.7
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5.0
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.7
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5.0
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
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3 out of 3 reviews
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.7
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6976
Slope 135
Rating 73.3
Type Public/Municipal
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6976 yards 73.3 135
Regulation 72 6289 yards 71.2 130
Forward 72 5797 yards 74.2 132
Scorecard for Montauk Downs
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 75.3/141 392 163 448 427 521 370 535 184 452 3492 494 331 221 491 214 489 387 410 459 3496 6988
Blue M: 73.2/139 383 143 418 411 505 354 520 171 432 3337 477 306 192 472 194 434 356 387 443 3261 6598
White M: 71.2/132 W: 79.3/145 370 111 368 391 472 334 485 145 409 3085 467 285 161 455 174 395 336 350 430 3053 6138
Red M: 69.7/132 W: 74.3/135 351 94 341 381 393 301 407 126 368 2762 442 271 127 406 158 357 313 346 359 2779 5541
Handicap 13 17 7 3 5 11 9 15 1 6 18 14 8 16 2 10 12 4
Par 4 3 4 4 5 4 5 3 4 36 5 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1928
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/30
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1968) Rees Jones (1968) Rees Jones (2008) Bryce Swanson (2008)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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5.0
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Perfect weather
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Sneaky Good

I played this course a long time ago before I really appreciated playing golf. Decided to take a trip out there this week and give it another go. This course is really worth the drive. The price is cheap, which makes the 2.5 hour drive from Queens worth it. The course isn't super long, but if you play it and the wind is up then you will be in trouble. The course has its fair share of long holes and short holes, but all of them are playable. I like that a few holes have water in play and its not just for show. The number escapes me, but one of the par 5s on the front makes you curve the ball around a small lake/big pond to a two tiered green. Very nice looking hole. The course really is a tale of two different 9's. The front is very open and even if you miss, you will still find the ball. The back is a little tighter and forces you to think about your landing zone. Pace of play was very slow with a group of older gentleman really holding everyone up. You really can't complain though because it was a great round and it's not like I had the choice to play National, Shinnecock, Friars head or Sebonack

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Awesome State Park Course Worth The Drive

This course is off the beaten path on the far end of the south fork of Long Island, but if you happen to be in the area as we were for the 2018 U.S. Open, it's worth the trip. Beautiful state park setting, plenty of wildlife, lush fairways and true greens. Staff very friendly. Went out on a Sun 5pm and finished well before dark 18 holes walking in under 3.5 hours. There were a few juniors ahead of us and they facilitated us to play through as soon as possible. Conditions were sunny, 70s, little wind, and quiet. We felt the main challenge were the elevated greens - knowing the trajectory and what approach club to hit.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Great Test of Golf - State Park Course

This was a challenging test of all part of my game - elevated greens, deep bunkers, and the blue tees played longer than the 6500 or so. But an absolutely beautiful walk through wildlife, few houses along the course, good workout to walk it, and starter very friendly. Played on a Sun evening when only juniors were out on the course and the staff let us play through so we finished in 3.5 hours. Greens, fairways, and tee boxes were in pristine condition. Some fairways can be tight, so hit it straight and long to score! I would play again here in a heartbeat. It is off the beaten path, on the extreme tip of south fork of Long Island. Played the week prior to U.S. Open at Shinnecock.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather

The Downs is a steal for what is has to offer.

Great track. Challenges all around and for the price, you'll never find this kind of quality matched with challenge.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Wonderful NY State Course

I love Montauk Downs Golf Course. The unique design, great conditions and wonderful challenge make it my favorite public course next to Bethpage Black and Red. MD is alot of fun to play, never get bored of it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

Poor Greens

The Rangers were way out of line and pushed us even though no one was ahead or behind us. stated we were 45 seconds behind pace! I dont think there was one green that didnt have a large trouble spot. it was horrible to putt these greens. The woman starter is more concerned about her knitting project than being polite. Bad experience....

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Heaven at the tip of Long Island

Montauk Downs is out there, way out there, at the tip of Long Island. Its rugged, dunesy setting reminds me a lot of the nine-hole Highland Links on Cape Cod. The only thing missing would be a nice view of the Atlantic Ocean. You can tell it's close by because of the breezes. You just can't see it. My favorite view is coming down the 18th fairway toward the unique clubhouse. A handful of ponds define the best holes. It's a fun round on a course that plays much tougher than it looks.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather

A R.T. Jones Sr. Diamond in the rough

You may be wondering how I gave this a 5 star rating overall, but rated it less than 5 stars in all categories but value. This is my "home" course and is a true test of golf. I have played this course hundreds of times and it is still exciting and challenging. Like Bethpage before its makeover, it is a brilliant design but has a few issues. Each hole presents a unique challenge. It is the only 18 hole public golf in 40 miles so pace of play can be excruciating, particularly in the summer. Head out early or at twilight, or better yet, off season. Be ready for some wind. Check the Montauk weather, if it's blowing 10mph 20 miles away, it's blowing 25 at Montauk. 10 of 18 greens are elevated or uphill and all are heavily bunkered, unless they are fronted by water. Ah, the bunkers. A third of them were re-done five years ago. The others may or may not have sand. A bunker may have plenty of sand on the edge, but hardpan under 1/4" of sand at the bottom. Beware. Swallow your pride and play up a set of tees. This is plenty of golf course for anyone. Errant shots can be easily lost. When it gets dry off the fairway in late summer, there can be some wicked bounces. Considering the amount of play, the greens keeper and his small does a fantastic job with limited resources. The greens are in great condition, and more challenging than Bethpage black. The Pro-shop staff is friendly and professional. The 19th hole, a separate operation, leaves much to be desired. Take a pass. The state should invest a small amount of money back into this course. They would have another gem to be proud of.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Worth the Drive...

If you happen to be on Long Island, and want to play golf on an a really good course, don't eliminate Montauk because of the distance. Bar none - you will be in for a treat when you play Montauk. Much like the Bethpage Complex, this is run by the State of NY. It is kept in immaculate condition, despite the high amount of Summer rounds it sees. It is hard for me to pick a favorite hole. The whole experience is just awesome. Take the drive and play it for yourself. You can't be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Excellent public course.

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Course exceeded our expectations for a public course. Enough challenge for a 12-handicapper.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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