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Getting your Game On – Golf in NYC

nyc golfSo reading some tweets about New York City and saw this tweet and got me to wondering…”people move to New York to play golf?”

This stimulated some research and guess what – lots of golf in NYC! The golf courses in New York’s five boroughs are among the oldest and most played public layouts in the nation. And there are many private courses just outside the city that make it one of the most attractive places to visit for a golf enthusiast.

To support this active player population, New York City has stepped up efforts in recent years to improve conditions at its golf facilities. Millions of dollars have been poured into making over tees, fairways and greens. New practice grounds have been added at some courses and several clubhouses have been upgraded to private-club standards. And as a mark of the City’s continuing commitment to the game, NYCers can point to the Jack Nicklaus design for NYCs newest golf course in the works, Ferry Point, in construction at the foot of the Whitestone Bridge in the Bronx. The course doesn’t have a firm opening date yet, but when it debuts it should be spectacular.

Here is the list of public courses.

Clearview Park Golf Course (Queens)
Logging more than 75,000 rounds a year, Clearview is the busiest course – but does have an 8000 sqft putting practice area and beautiful view of the Throgs Neck Bridge.

Kissena Golf Course (Queens)
Kissena is a laid-back little course with a par of 64. It does have some of the best conditioned greens in the area though.

Douglaston Golf Course (Queens)
At par 67 and less than 6,000 yards from the back tees, Douglaston is another laid-back course. It has a rolling course and a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline.

Forest Park Golf Course (Queens)
Opened in the early 1900s and redesigned in 1995 by Stephen Kay, the Forest Park Golf Course presents a solid test, even though it maxes out at just 6,053 yards. It is located inside of 543 acre Forest Park that is a favorite for bird-watchers.

Pelham/Split Rock Golf Course (Bronx)
Pelham/Split Rock is the only 36-hole complex in the five boroughs. Located in the northern reaches of the Bronx, Pelham/Split Rock has the benefit of more acreage. There was a recent $10 million renovation done to both courses.

Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course (Bronx)
First opened for play in 1895, the nation’s oldest public golf course is also the City’s most accessible from Manhattan, just a short walk from the 242nd St. stop on the 1 train. Hilly and challenging, Van Cortlandt is tough on the back nine, where the elevation changes are more severe. The ancient wooden lockers in the clubhouse provide a glimpse of golf’s past.

Dyker Beach Golf Course (Brooklyn)
One of the oldest courses in the United States, Dyker opened in the late 1890s as the private Dyker Meadow Golf Club and was redesigned in 1935 as a public facility. Free for kids ages 6 to 17, the facility features a six-hole course, a driving range and a 4,275-square-foot clubhouse with classroom space.

Silver Lake Golf Course (Staten Island)
Situated on a mere 125-acre plot, tight and hilly, Silver Lake is a shot maker’s course with a lot of promise.

La Tourette Golf Course (Staten Island)
La Tourette is a wonderful facility, with touches of the 1935 course design by John Van Kleek. Among the City’s courses, La Tourette comes the closest to offering the experience of a private club, with a driving range with 40 stations, plus a practice sand bunker and putting green.

South Shore Golf Course (Staten Island)
Of all the City golf facilities, South Shore is the best-looking kid in the class—and has the pedigree to go with it. It was designed by golden-age course architect Devereux Emmet. South Shore was given a 4-star (out of a possible 5) rating from Golf Digest in 2008, the best among the City’s courses.


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