Rockaway Hunting Club

Rockaway Hunting Club

Architect: A.W. Tillinghast
Year: 1933

615 Ocean Avenue
Lawrence, New York 11559
(516) 569-0600

Course Access: Private

driving range available
motorized golf carts and caddies available

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The Itinerant Golfer

Rockaway Hunting Club

Friday the 13th is not the luckiest of days for some people, but for me I couldn't have been happier on this one. I was at America's oldest country club located on Long Island in Lawrence, NY. Rockaway Hunting Club was founded in 1878 and was mainly for fox hunting and steeplechase horse racing. At some point around the turn of the century they added a golf course that was later redesigned in 1933 by the famed course architect A.W. Tillinghast. Several other architects have done work on the course since Tillinghast, but the overall design is still considered Tillie's. The entire facility was top notch with grass tennis courts and a fantastic porch for dining. I loved the driving range. As you can see in the below picture it was tucked away in a little cubby hole behind hedges where it was totally private and away from the bustle of the club. It was also nice and shady which makes it a great place to warm up for a July round.   The course itself had a great old time feel to it. We played from the tips which were only 6,371 yards. This is a true classic design and not one of the modern gorillas courses playing 7,500 from the back tees. The photo below was taken from the 1st green looking back at the clubhouse. The first several holes were fairly standard. I really liked the greens here. You could fly a high arching shot like a… More >