Head Stateside and combine your holiday to New York City with a bit of awesome golf action
The marketing gurus in New York City don’t have much of a problem trying to attract tourists - but now they are upping their efforts to try and attract golfers. The city’s five boroughs - The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island – are rich with quality golf courses, and they are getting better all the time.
With the recent debut of Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, the city has slowly but surely become a more recognisable golf destination.
“Golfers visiting New York City might be surprised to find that the city offers several professional golf courses and driving ranges throughout the five boroughs,” said Fred Dixon, president
and CEO of NYC & Company, the official tourist organisation.
“The newly opened, world-class Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx is the latest example of how our city is becoming the next big golf destination.”
Here, we run through some of the best courses in the five boroughs you should put on your list during your trip to NYC.
The recently opened Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point has put the Bronx on the map as the next exciting destination for golfers. This public course is the longest in all five boroughs at 7,407 yards and is the first built since Marine Park in 1964. The 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course features pristine tees, fairways and greens that overlook the East River, as well as the Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridges.
Also check out Pelham Bay & Split Rock Golf Course, Mosholu Golf Course and Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course (the oldest public golf course in the country).
While Coney Island might be abuzz all summer, Brooklyn’s golf scene is also a great way to enjoy the borough. With a view of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and New York Harbour in the distance, Dyker Beach Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course complete with pristine fairways and a new clubhouse in the heart of Dyker Heights. Also, check out Marine Park Golf Course.
In addition to the breathtaking skyline, Manhattan offers golfers two driving ranges that will make them forget they’re in New York City. Visitors can take the Randall’s Island bus from 125th Street to Randall’s Island Golf & Entertainment. Practice your swing at 82 two-level hitting stalls, learn from the pros of NBC’s Golf Channel Academy and relax at the Community House Beer Garden and Grill. Overlooking New York Harbor, The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, on the West Side, is Manhattan’s only multi-tiered, year-round outdoor driving range with a 200-yard fairway.
Whether a beginner or an expert, Queens offers several courses and driving ranges that are great for any skill level. Clearview Park Golf Course recently completed renovations, which include an 8,000 square-foot putting green for warming up and newly constructed forward, mid and back tees geared for any skill level. Also, check out Forest Park Golf Course, Douglaston Golf Club, Kissena Park, and driving ranges at Alley Pond Park and Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The city’s ‘greenest’ borough is a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the other boroughs, complete with lush landscapes and expansive courses. La Tourette Golf Course in New Springville, home to the annual New York City Amateur Championship each May, offers 6,692 yards of championship golf, complete with a full-size driving range and historic manor clubhouse overlooking Richmond Town. Also, check out Silver Lake Golf Course and Grand Oaks Country Club.