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Holes With A View

Part of the allure of golf is being in the great outdoors playing the game you love. All the better when you have a gorgeous vista to look out on while you line up your next shot. The following are five of the most aesthetically pleasing holes to play in our area.

Lido Golf Club #13

Lido Golf Club plays alongside Reynolds Channel on the north side of the barrier island, and a few of its holes are routed right against the water. One of them is the 13th, a straight par-4 that would be simple if not for the channel closely bordering the entire right side. Passing boats, lapping bay water and flocks of sea birds contribute nautical sights and sounds. In the morning, the rising sun illuminates the view from behind. During twilight rounds, tee shots are directed toward a brilliant sunset.

South Bay Country Club #8

Oceanside’s South Bay Country Club spends its first six holes within the course’s tree-lined interior before suddenly sending players along to the bayside portion of the front nine. After the par-3 seventh warms you up for a few holes of waterside golf, the eighth tee leads you just a few short steps from the cove. From here, the sweeping view includes the south shore marshes and Point Lookout across the bay. The Jones Beach tower is visible far out on the horizon. Take it all in before directing your attention to South Bay’s signature hole, which features a diagonal fairway and sandy waste area nestled along the water.

Bethpage — Black Course #8

A drive down Round Swamp Road reveals the hilly nature of Bethpage State Park, but some of the most dramatic rises and falls are hidden deep within the interior of the 90-hole complex. Way back in the farthest reaches of the park, the par-3 eighth begins from a tiered teeing area. The green waits far below, guarded by an overhanging tree and the Black’s only water hazard, and surrounded by wispy rough and rolling mounds. Anyone accustomed to largely flat Nassau County golf will be disarmed by the unique local scenery, even after many rounds on the Black.

Bethpage — Red Course #4

The par-3 fourth at Bethpage Red leads toward the edge of a plateau – down below is the park’s lower valley. Standing on the green for an extra moment or two is a treat that includes a panoramic view of Bethpage Black’s closing holes, including the par-3 17th, whose green sits directly below at the bottom of the bluff. Just don’t stare for too long, otherwise you risk earning the wrath of the group waiting on the tee. If it’s clear, you can also sneak a peek from the Black Course’s 18th tee just a few paces from the green.

Merrick Road Park #2

One of the finest views comes from a nine-hole municipal course. The second hole at Merrick Road Park is an uphill par-3 that parallels Merrick Cove and culminates on a windy green high above the bay. Like at South Bay, the vista covers the wetlands between the mainland and barrier islands. The iconic Jones Beach tower and amphitheater each stand prominently on the opposite side of the bay.