Best public golf courses in the Northeast: GOLF’s 2021-22 ranking

Bethpage Black

Bethpage Black is the top-ranked public course in the Northeast.

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Empire State residents, rejoice! According to our latest Top 100 You Can Play list, not only do you live in the area with the most top-rated public courses in the Northeast, but you’re also within close proximity to plenty of others in nearby New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

How many courses are in your local area? Check out our full ranking below.


GOLF’s 2021-22 ranking of the best public courses in the Northeast

(With overall rank, course name, city, state, architect and year opened) 

New York (3)

5. Bethpage (Black)
Farmingdale, NY
A.W. Tillinghast, 1935

66. Bethpage (Red)
Farmingdale, NY
A.W. Tillinghast, 1936

95. Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point
Bronx, NY
Jack Nicklaus, 2015

Trump Ferry Point
Trump Ferry Point

Massachusetts (2)

59. George Wright
Boston, MA
Donald Ross, 1936

62. Taconic
Williamstown, MA
Stiles and Van Kleek, 1928/Gil Hanse, 2009

Maine (1)

64. Cape Arundel
Kennebunkport, ME
Walter Travis, 1920

Cape Arundel in Maine.
Cape Arundel

New Jersey (1)

87. Atlantic City CC
Atlantic City, NJ
Willie Park, 1915/William Flynn, 1925/Tom Doak, 2001

Pennsylvania (1)

80. Omni Bedford Springs Resort (Old Course)
Bedford, PA
Spencer Oldham, 1895/A.W. Tillinghast, 1912/Donald Ross, 1923/Ron Forse, 2007

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