Typically I wouldn’t write an article about such a specific sport and how it pertains to New York City, but I’ve come to know New York as a city of business; a city of enterprise, more like it. And golf, ladies and gentlemen, is the sport of business. It’s perfectly conducive to a casual meeting; it’s quite, takes a decent amount of time and (with a cart) isn’t too strenuous for even the most qualified senior. So while it may be considered a simple sport to some, its importance in the business world cannot be argued. Therefore, I figured I’d do a quick list of the best public golf courses in New York.
5.) Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course. Home to a couple of the longest holes in New York City (holes 2 and 12 are 625 and 605 yards), ol’ “Vannie” features a lengthy, yet quite challenging course. Plus, having been built in 1895, the course features a maturity that tends to be quite rare on other courses.
4.) La Tourette Golf Course. La Tourette Golf Course has been a New York staple for years, and as inviting as it might seem (long, vast fairways as far as the eye can see), the putting greens take a large amount of skill.
3.) Pound Ridge Golf Course. A course with quite the variety of terrain, the Pound Ridge Golf Course has wetlands, rock outcroppings and even a giant boulder known as “Pete’s Rock” that sits in the middle of the par-5, 13th hole fairway.
2.) Hudson Hills Golf Course. Many players mistake the ability to shoot for distance with actual golfing skills, and the Hudson Hills Golf Course is sure to set them straight. Even though this par-71 ranges to about 7,000 yards, over 70% of the holes have water play, and the short game requires some serious strategy.
1.) Bethpage State Park Golf Course: The Black Course. If you were to research every list of must-play golf courses in New York City, this would be on virtually every one of them. The entry sign boasts of one of the most difficult courses in the world and the fact that two U.S. Opens have been hosted here is enough evidence to prove it. Amateurs steer clear; there are much better golfers than you already camped in the parking lot desperate for a tee time. Of course that’s what personifies this course as a native of New York; it’s tough. If you want to golf here, you’re gonna have to earn it.
Top 5 Golf Courses in New York