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Forget getting a room for Open week at the last minute. The last minute was a year ago. All the choice hotels anywhere near Bethpage sold out for June 13­16 well before that. But you can still find a room in Manhattan, and at least one hotel there, the Doral, is golf friendly. But all the best places to stay, and play, will still be around after the Tour marches on.

6321 Northern Boulevard, East Norwich; 800-334-4798. Rooms: $120­$135. Suites: $260. Cottage: $260.
A mite plain compared with the Garden City and Roslyn Claremont, but roomy and tasteful and a clear cut above the chains. The best bargains are the duplex suites and the freestanding cottage, which includes a kitchen and dining room. There's also an outdoor pool, sauna and modest exercise room.

45 Seventh Street, Garden City; 800-547-0400. Rooms: $345­$535. Suites: $679­$2,335.
Stanford White, who designed the clubhouse at Shinnecock Hills—the first golf clubhouse in America—transformed the original 1874 Garden City Hotel into a Georgian Revival showpiece. When that brick bastion was gutted by fire in 1899, White designed its equally grand replacement, where Charles Lindbergh slept the night before taking off for Paris from nearby Roosevelt Field. Unfortunately, that building was razed in 1973. The good news, however, is that the present hotel, built in the 1980s with a sparer exterior that salutes White, is still the most luxurious on Long Island. Bethpage, Harbor Links, Oyster Bay, Lido and Eisenhower all lie within a ten-mile radius. The rooms are swank (the penthouse suites feature fireplaces and terraces); the spa includes an indoor pool, steam room and sauna; and the English garden makes a delightful setting for warm-weather breakfasts. The Polo Grill dining room is one of the top-rated restaurants on Long Island.

7755 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury; 800-291-8090. Suites: $175­$225.
The Scotto family started with a pizzeria in Port Washington in 1967 and now operates several restaurants, an ornate catering facility and this newly opened, upscale, all-suites hotel. The checkerboard-pattern marble floor in the lobby sets the genteel tone. Every suite has a T1 Internet line, two phone lines and a kitchen (even though a full breakfast is included along with cocktail-hour snacks). The Inn is four miles from Bethpage and so close to Oyster Bay that the owners are trying to negotiate special playing privileges for guests.

30 Cutter Mill Road, Great Neck; 516-773-2000. Rooms: $219­$359. Suites: $339­$419.
An art deco fantasy in blond wood and lavender floral fabric, suggesting the decor of a Jazz Age ocean liner, is fun, actually. The rooms are spacious and feature marble bathrooms with oversize tubs or Jacuzzis. Amenities include a health and fitness center, an American-fusion restaurant and a handsome bar stocked with cigars and around forty single-malt whiskies. The Inn is a few miles closer to Manhattan (and correspondingly farther from the golf courses) than the other establishments.

1221 Old Northern Boulevard, Roslyn; 800-626-9005. Rooms: $209­$255. Suites: $310­$395.
Less than two miles from Harbor Links. On the outside, a smaller and slightly postmodern rendition of the Garden City. Inside, posh rooms and a friendly, cherrywood-paneled bar area with library shelves and armchairs. The better views are on the Hempstead Harbor side of the building, but the real reason to request that side is the traffic whooshing along Old Northern Boulevard that can be heard in rooms on the other side.

70 Park Avenue at East 38th Street, Manhattan; 877-993-6725. Rooms: $199­$288. Suites: $310­$1,100.
The drive between Bethpage and midtown Manhattan can turn into a ninety-minute slog (best case: forty-five minutes). But Manhattan is the world's most fascinating island, the definitive 24/7 city. The Doral is just one of many classy New York hotels, but since you're reading this magazine, listen up. The Doral golf package sends you to Chelsea Piers, the driving range on the Hudson River, for a one-hour lesson with a Class-A PGA instructor, including video analysis and three rental clubs, plus up to 125 balls to whack in the general direction of New Jersey. The cost—$305 to $345—includes one night in a deluxe room that normally costs $300 or more on its own.


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