With the New York area having just hosted the first leg of the FedEx Cup at Bethpage Black, you might be thinking, "Let's include championship golf as part of our next corporate incentive trip."
It's a great thought, but you need to start planning for next year and beyond right now.
While Bethpage Black is one of the most exclusive courses in the world to book, Bethpage Red - also part of Bethpage State Park - has been called by the PGA Tour's official site "a strong number two pitcher" to its sister course. It's so challenging that the USGA was close to using the 18th on the Red Course as the finishing hole of the 2009 US Open.
But with so many options, why worry about going all or nothing for one course? The New York City area boasts hundreds of tour-level golf courses, and visitors may not realize that most venues feature beautiful rolling hills or ocean-front links on multiple holes. The spectacular views, including that of the Manhattan skyline from several of the area's top courses, speak for themselves.
It's not a surprise that Golf Digest has ranked 13 venues within a 2-hour drive of Manhattan in its 2011-2012 list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.
Watching Major Champions
The Barclays is held is each year in late August at a New York-area golf venue and two upcoming major championships - the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol and the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock - are great opportunities for groups to see the best players in the world compete up-close.
Fria's Head Golf Course on Long Island