The Town of Huntington has a great property out at Crab Meadow Golf Course. Located in Northport, Crab Meadow occasionally offers up spectacular views of the Long Island Sound. Playing 6,574 yards from the back tees and to a rating of 71.6 this 18 hole track offers a decent challenge for the average golfer.
Coming up the newly renovated clubhouse, the first you notice is that driveway’s incline. Perched on top of a hill, the view from the clubhouse is truly spectacular. A post-round drink with the sun setting against the Sound is a moment is worth your time. The pro shop is stocked mostly with logo’d apparel and golf balls; the merchandise selection is limited. Behind the club house you’ll find a large practice green which offers up a few different looks – but no holes. Next to the practice green is a sand and chipping area, this spot needs some attention. Just past the first tee is an elevated driving range, which is mid-renovation, and offers 10 or 12 practice bays. If you can find a driving range with a better view on LI…please tell me.
Taking advantage of the property’s rolling landscape, Crab Meadow offers a solid variety of holes. All that said, this course is not too demanding. One won’t need to carry a drive to hit the fairway, the open layout is very forgiving. Long hitters will be tempted to go for the par fives in two. And the greens roll on pretty straight, but on the slower side.
All in all, this is a great course for mid-handicappers who appreciate some challenge, but find Bethpage Black just too hard. Make no mistake, this course is a muni with a muni feel. The locker room leaves some to be desired, several broke showers and limited seating does not want to make you linger. Myself and a few buddies got to play Crab Meadow this years are part of the Tavern on Jane’s annual golf out benefiting Christie Smiles. The outing moved this year due to closing of the Links at Shirley. The facilities, food and course at Shirley had a quite a different feel (and price point) then Crab Meadow. The fellas at the Tavern do an incredible job of putting on this great event. You can count on a great group of golfers, plenty of beer and their renowned raffle.