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Golf Courses near East Coast Marinas: Tie Up and Tee Off!

Post by Becky at Dockwa - Published on 6/14/18 12:33 PM
Have we mentioned lately how much we love hearing from boaters? We were delighted when Rob R. from Stuart, Florida emailed to ask us which harbors have golf courses close by for when he brings his 64' Viking Sportfish north up the coast this Spring. In this post: our quick list of golfer-friendly Dockwa marinas! 

The U.S. Open returns to the East Coast this weekend, which has boaters everywhere thinking of hitting the fairway. This year's tournament will be played at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York, a beautiful area in Long Island. 

This year marks the 123rd anniversary of the U.S. Open, which got its beginnings in our hometown of Newport, RI in October 1895. Since then, the tournament has turned into one of the most prestigious titles a golfer can win.

If you're heading to the U.S. Open this weekend or simply looking forward to docking your boat for a round of golf somewhere on the Eastern Seaboard, check out these great locations to tie up and tee off. Good luck to all the golfers taking part in the U.S. Open this weekend! 


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Maine Courses & Marinas

Tee Off: Originally created with only 9 holes, the historic Samoset Resort dates back to 1889. The course was rebuilt as an 18-hole facility in the 1990s by Robert Elder, and more recently renovated by Jeffrey Cornish to the seaside beauty golfers experience today.

Tie Up: Find a slip in Rockland, Maine at Knight Marine Service or Yacht Solutions Boat Basin(Drive time: 6 minutes)

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Massachusetts Courses & Marinas

Tee off at The Presidents Golf Course in Quincy, MA, which sports five par 5s and par 3s respectively as well as a lovely vantage point of Boston's cityscape. Golf Digest rates it #1 in the state, and with a nearby slip you'll get the best of both worlds during your Boston stopover!

Tie Up: At Brewer Marina Bay Boston(Drive time: 10 minutes)  

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Connecticut Courses & Marinas 

Tee Off: Founded in 1898, the Shennecossett Golf Course was originally built with four-holes, but was later redesigned to reroute and add holes to take advantage of the water views. Now golfers can enjoy views of the Thames River and Long Island Sound from the 16th and 17th holes.

Tie up at Crocker's Boatyard or Burr's Marina just across the river in New London, CT. (Drive time: 15 minutes)

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New York Courses & Marinas

Tee off at the Lido Golf Club in Lido Beach on Long Island. A true test for both the beginning and advanced golfer, Lido's ocean gusts keep things interesting as you make your way through 7,000 wind-blown yards of course. Tie up at Lawrence Yacht Club. (Drive time: 20 minutes)

Keeping with Long Island – but with a bit more of a haul from cleat to clubhouse – the Timber Point Golf Course in Great River, NY on Long Island has another course of ocean views and tough gusts. On the south shore of Long Island, it's hour drive away from the nearest slips at Seaview Boat Basin. Perhaps some boaters can dinghy across Great South Bay to cut down on the commute. (Drive time: 55 minutes)

On the North shore of Long Island in well-protected Gardiners Bay, tie up at Brewer Yacht Yard at Greenport and tee off just 5 minutes away at Island's End Golf & Country Club. Always well-maintained with an excellent staff, the course includes tough par threes, some reachable par fives to balance them out, and of course some stunning water views! (Drive time: 5 minutes)

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New Jersey Courses & Marinas 

Tee off at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway on the New Jersey Shore is minutes from Atlantic City. Of the two historic courses there, the Bay Course is home of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and offers gorgeous water views. 

Tie up at Kammerman's Marina or the Golden Nugget Farley State Marina. (Drive time: 17 minutes) 

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Maryland Courses & Marinas

Tee Off: The Ocean City area has plenty of golf, but only a few courses have seaside views. Check out the Links at Lighthouse Sound in nearby Bishopville, which offers six sets of tees and views of Ocean City across the bay. In nearby Berlin, MD, visit Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links, which overlooks Assateague National Park. Read more about National Parks you can get to by boat!

Tie up at Sunset Marina in Ocean City. (Drive time: 15 minutes)

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Virginia Courses & Marinas

Tee off in Cape Charles, VA on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay! Bay Creek boasts two courses designed by golf's biggest names: Bay Creek's Palmer Course, and the Nicklaus Course at Bay Creek. Both courses offer a challenge among the natural splendor of the shores of the Bay. 

Tie up at the Cape Charles Yacht Center or Cape Charles Town Harbor. (Drive time: 4 minutes)

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South Carolina Courses & Marinas

Tee off in Kiawah Island at the epic Ocean Course at Kiawah Island! This is one of the most difficult tracks in the country, and one of the most beautiful. One of five courses at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the Ocean Course has 10 holes right along the Atlantic, the most of any course on the East Coast. These accolades made it the perfect setting for the 2012 PGA Championship in 2012, won by Rory McIlroy's bogey-free 66 (−6) in the final round to win his second major title by eight strokes over runner-up David Lynn. This course was also the site of the famous War by the Shore 1991 Ryder Cup. Tie up at nearby Bohicket Marina. (Drive time: 11 minutes)

100 miles south of Kiawah Island, tee off in Hilton Head at either the Harbour Town Golf Links or Robert Trent Jones Course in Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island. When golfing in Hilton Head, tie up at Windmill Harbour Marina. (Drive time: 22 minutes)

Tee off in Charleston at Patriots Point Golf Links, which has scenic views and harbor-front holes minutes from the USS Yorktown and Patriot Point Museum. Tie up at Charleston City Marina or The Harborage at Ashley Marina. (Drive time: 13 minutes)

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Georgia Courses & Marinas

Tee off on St. Simons Island, GA at the King and Prince Golf Course. With ocean views, historical significance, and a high-end resort experience, you'll be golfing in style.  

Tie up at Brunswick Landing Marina in Brunswick, GA. (Drive time: 16 minutes)

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Florida Courses & Marinas 

Tee off on Amelia Island at the Ocean Links Course within the Omni Amelia Island Resort. The course traverses through six miles of seaside terrain and natural sand dunes, and links #4, #5, #6, #15 and #16 provide golfers with five oceanfront golf holes.  

Tie up at Fernandina Harbor Marina in Fernandina, Florida. (Drive time: 24 minutes) 

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Want to see your favorite Dockwa-convenient golf course on the list? Let us know! Email becky@dockwa.com, who has literally never golfed a day in her life. 

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