The five boroughs of New York City are home to nearly 8.5 million people, with many diverse neighborhoods affording residents and tourists enough to do to last a lifetime. Among those options—and lesser known—are public courses to meet the needs of golfers of all skills. Tee times are typically at a premium, but the prices to get in a round are quite good—better if you’re a resident of the city. The opportunities for sightseeing in NYC are limitless, but golfers should definitely make time to check out some of these city links.
Yes, this is New York City. Van Cortlandt Golf Course, photo by Shannon McGee/Flickr.
Marine Park Golf Course
A quick trip into southern Brooklyn will get you to the Marine Park Golf Course. This 18-hole Championship Course opened in 1964 and was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. With panoramic water views, the course features country club-quality fairways and greens and offers fours sets of tees to challenge golfers of all levels of play. The longest of all NYC courses, the links-style tract measures over 7,000 yards and is open to the public year-round.
Dyker Beach Golf Course
Right across the street from the Manhattan Express bus stop, the Dyker Beach Golf Course was originally designed in 1897 by Tom Bendelow, then redesigned by John van Kleek in 1935. The course combines historic style with modern convenience and features immaculate greens led to by lush fairways. It's set between the Belt Parkway and the BQE, just beyond the bustle of Brooklyn's daily routine. The Par 72 course runs just 6,438 yards and is the closest course to Manhattan Island.
Silver Lakes Golf Club
Set along the North Shore in Staten Island, the Silver Lake Golf Course provides golfers an arrangement with scenic views along the way. A classic layout that features narrow fairways and postage-stamp-sized greens, accuracy with a wedge will be a must. While not very long, just over 6,000 yards from the back tees, the tract gives the appearance of being shorter than the course actually plays. Holes #12 and #14 are set up with classic risk-reward opportunities, earning them the reputation of being the “Amen Corner” of the North by the locals who play there every day.
La Tourette Golf Course
Home to the annual New York City Amateur Championship, the La Tourette Golf Course features views of the rolling hills and valleys around Richmond Town. The restored manor serves as the clubhouse and gives the sense of the rich history and high caliber of service the course provides guests. The Par 72, 6,708-yard tract is known for its exceptional playing conditions and offers the only practice facility on the island.
Trump Ferry Point
The Trump Ferry Point Club was created by Jack Nicklaus to be a unique public golf experience to add to New York City’s global reputation for tournament-quality golf. The course takes advantage of its location to provide spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, East River, and Whitestone and Throggs Neck Bridges. For those up to the challenge, and strong with their driver, the back tees run just over 7,400 yards for the Par 72 course.
Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course
Located near the Yonkers border in the North Bronx, the Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course is the oldest public golf course in the United States. Vanny, as the locals call it, has played host to famous guests like Babe Ruth, Joe Lewis, Willie Mays, and even the Three Stooges. The course has gone through some renovations, with seven new greens, new tee boxes, improved bunkers and drainage and additional cart paths, under the direction of architect Stephen Kay. The park-like setting and relatively short tract, just over 6,000 yards from the back tees with a par 70, is a welcoming setting for even the most casual of golfers.
Bethpage State Park Golf Course—Black
Farmington, Long Island
While not located within the city limits of New York City, no discussion of NYC courses could be complete without the inclusion of the historic Black Course at Bethpage State Park. Located in nearby suburban Farmington, the 18-hole championship course has played host to U.S. Open Championships, The 2019 PGA Championship, and will host the 2024 Ryder Cup. When the Pros are done with their rounds, everyday players are left with a 7,468-yard monster of a course that is sure to test every shot. Even from the middle tees, the run of 6,700 yards is nearly as long or longer than many full-length courses on the island.
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