Learn the game and enjoy some parent-child bonding at one of Long Island's par-3 courses. Photo via Bigstock.
Learn the game and enjoy some parent-child bonding at one of Long Island's par-3 courses. Photo via Bigstock.

Par-3 Golf Courses on Long Island Where Kids Can Learn the Game

With the U.S. Open on Long Island in June 2018, maybe you think you have a little tour pro on your hands. Or maybe you just want to introduce your son or daughter to golf minus the windmills.

There are five par-3 golf courses on Long Island that offer young players a chance to experience the game with more than just a putter. For less than $20 per round on average, beginners can manage their way around with a light bag, a few balls, tees, and plenty of enthusiasm.

More experienced players will enjoy the opportunity to enhance their short-game precision. Either way, it’s a great opportunity for parent-child bonding over one of Long Island’s signature activities.

So tee it high and let it fly. All five of these courses are in Suffolk County; a few short-length courses exist in Nassau, but some of their par-4 holes might be unreachable for young players. Note: Most par-3 courses require adult supervision of pre-teen players. All players should practice on-course etiquette, including allowing faster groups to play through.

Western Suffolk

E. Donald Conroy Golf Course at Sumpwams Creek — Babylon
This 9-hole course measures more than 1,100 yards and no hole is longer than 180 yards. It can be played in less than 90 minutes, but on a quiet day, practice with multiple balls. Greens fees are modest, and Town of Babylon residents receive a discount.

Heartland Golf Park — Edgewood
Nostalgic Long Islanders will thrill to the replica holes featured here, where young players can be inspired to greatness by a faux Augusta National or Pebble Beach. Greens fees begin at a mere $10 and the park includes a driving range and mini-course.

Smithtown Landing Golf Club — Smithtown
This Town of Smithtown facility measures about 1,150 yards and features views of the Nissequogue River. Note: It shares real estate with the full-length course and its parking areas can get busy.

The East End

Cedars Golf Club — Cutchogue

This well-maintained course has introduced North Forkers to the game for more than a half-century. The nine holes measure 1,120 yards across 13 acres. Clubs and pull-cart rentals are available.

Sandy Pond Golf Course — Riverhead

Sandy Pond was reconstructed in 2012. It’s so old-school that players often pay greens fees via the honor system. The course, not far from Tanger Outlets for post-round shopping, totals about 1,100 yards.


E. Donald Conroy Golf Course at Sumpwams Creek

75 Cedar Street
Babylon, NY 11702

Heartland Golf Park

1 Executive Drive
Edgewood, NY 11717

Smithtown Landing Golf Club

495 Landing Avenue
Smithtown, NY 11787

Cedars Golf Course
305 Cases Lane Ext.
Cutchogue, NY 11935

Sandy Pond Golf Course

1495 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901