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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