Montauk Downs State Park

4.6078470588 4.6 stars from 5 (9)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6976 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 9 Reviews
5 stars:
5
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

9 out of 9 reviews


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"Awesome State Park Course Worth The Drive"


AceGerard's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Test of Golf - State Park Course"


AceGerard's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


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


nasamp's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Wonderful NY State Course"


u000001130357's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Poor Greens"


kmclee's avatar
Gender:  Male

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

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....


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Heaven at the tip of Long Island"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


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


JRBubba's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Worth the Drive..."


Sean8606758's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent public course."


u000002168303's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/18/2012
First time playing

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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