11 golf courses you must play

The ruff second cut of Bethpage State Park's

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Take a drive in any direction on Long Island and you'll eventually pass a golf course.

Known mainly to outsiders for the legendary Bethpage Black (host of 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open) and as hosts of the 1995 and 2004 U.S. Open at the private Shinnecock Hills, Long Island has a golf history and tradition much deeper than that.

ExploreLI.com put together this list of the 11 best public courses on Long Island. Why just the public courses? Anyone can play them, and we're an all-inclusive lot here in the ExploreLI.com offices.

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    Located in Farmingdale, NY.

    Bethpage Black Course Public, Golf Courses 99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road Farmingdale The wait, which can start at 3 or 4 in the morning, is legendary, as ...

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    The 7th hole at Montauk Downs Golf Course

    Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course Public, Driving range, Golf Courses 50 S. Fairview Ave. Montauk The reward is worth the drive to Montauk Downs, the No. 2 public course on ...

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    Located in Farmingdale, NY.

    Bethpage Red Course Golf Courses 99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road Farmingdale The infusion of cash the USGA provided Bethpage to get the Black in U.S. Open ...

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    A man hits his way out of the

    Tallgrass Country Club Public, Golf Courses 24 Cooper St. Shoreham No course was ever more aptly named. Golfers are greeted with a mostly treeless layout, ...

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    Peter LoDuca hits a drive on the 7th

    Eisenhower Park Red Course Public, Golf Courses Hempstead Turnpike East Meadow The Red course is host to the Commerce Bank Championship, a Champions Tour event. But, ...

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    The bridge crossing the 16th fairway at Lido.

    Lido Golf Club Public, Driving range, Golf Courses 255 Lido Blvd. Lido Beach Lido Beach This picturesque and challenging seaside links course features elevated greens guarded by massive bunkers, significant ...

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    The foreward most of three tees on the

    Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course Public, Driving range, Golf Courses 1 Southwoods Rd. Woodbury Narrow fairways and all the trappings of a good golf course (sand, water and grass ...

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    Brandon Casale, 14, Mineola, right, exults after making

    Harbor Links Golf Course Driving range, Miniature Golf, Golf Courses, Public, Kids, Miniature Golf 1 West Fairway Dr. Port Washington Golf course in Port Washington that also hosts weddings and events for up to 280 ...

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    Timber Point Golf Course in Great River. (July

    Timber Point Golf Course Driving range, Golf Courses, Public 150 River Rd. Great River County 27-hole golf course featuring a driving range and restaurant. Offers instruction and league play. ...

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    Teeing off on No. 10 at Rock Hill.

    Rock Hill Golf and Country Club Driving range, Golf Courses 105 Clancy Rd. Manorville A challenging, somewhat hilly course designed by renowned architect Frank Duane, Rock Hill plays longer ...