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“Not quite up to expectations”

Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I'm writing this review for my husband who played at Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course on 7/19/2016. He regularly plays the 5 courses at Bethpage State Park. On a positive note, Montauk, because it's a state park, uses the same reservation system as Bethpage. Getting a reservation was not difficult. Food options not very good, with only pre-made sandwiches and small salads. Staff in the Pro shop was rude, but overheard by the manager on duty (Chrissy), who followed my husband out of the shop to apologize.
Driving range - can use your driver (can't at Bethpage) and is okay, good enough for warm ups but maybe not ideal for regular practice location.
The starter was nice, moved my husband up to an earlier tee time to join a two-some. Nice to play with others instead of standing around waiting.
Course is nice, well maintained. It's a Robert Trent Jones course, redesigned by Rees Jones. Greens were very fast and all the ground was hard and dry. Even the rough was fast, with balls rolling many yards. Having walked and carried his clubs, my husband reports that this is a moderately difficult walk. Prior to playing, he was told that Montauk Downs is comparable to Bethpage Black. It's not. The challenges are the length, the hills and the speed of the greens. Hitting the ball straight is key.

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Reviewed 21 July 2016

This Robert Trent Jones designed course is a true challenge. The course gets narrower as you close in on the holes and the greens will test your accuracy, so be prepared for a few lost balls. As public courses go, this one is a beauty. It easily could be the site of a professional tour event. There is plenty of sand but hey you are in Montauk and there is a lot of beach all around. There are some holes with blind shots near hazards so you should do better the second time around.

1  Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

Not as nice or impressive as Bethpage black, but plenty of interesting holes and overall nice layout. Our weather was a bit sketchy, and the greens were recently punched and sanded, but could see how folk like this course. Considering how few public courses there r on east Long Island, definitely worth making a visit to Montauk downs.

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Reviewed 5 November 2015

When we arrived at the pro shop to pay for our round, the young man behind the counter would not put down his cell phone video game to help us. We had to wait until he was done blowing up aliens. Then, resentfully, he took our money and grudgingly pointed out where we could find the pull carts.

Golf course may be one of the 50 best cow pastures in America, but not---for sure--one of the 50 best public courses.

If I were a NY State citizen, I would be embarrassed that this was one of my state parks.

3  Thank David M
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Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

A well laid out course with a variety of different doglegs, long and short holes. Greens in good shape. Pace of play was about 4 1/2 hours. Well worth the price. Wish courses nearer NYC were this good

Thank martynsnook
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