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Don't think you can golf in New York City? Think again. There's quite a bit of activity for golfers of all skill levels, even in Manhattan.
The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers is part a wide-ranging sports facility that includes a multi-tiered driving range extending into the Hudson River (don't worry, there are nets to catch your tee shots). The driving boxes are even heated so you can hit in winter. The facility includes a golf school and an indoor simulator so you can play the greatest courses in the world with an instructor by your side or with a couple of friends, regardless of the temperature or conditions outside.
Golfing in the Bronx
If you must play outdoors on a real course, there are also plenty of choices. Two great options are uptown in Van Cortland Park in the Bronx. The Mosholu Golf Course is a newly renovated nine-hole venue that includes a driving range. Right next door is the Van Cortland Park Golf Course. Designed in 1885, it is also the oldest municipal golf course in the United States. It has a number of long par 5s, including the 620-yard hole 2.
The Pelham Bay Course and Split Rock Course are also in the Bronx and share a common clubhouse. Split Rock is the more challenging of the two, with its narrow, tree-lined fairways.
Golfing in Brooklyn
Two popular destinations in Brooklyn are Dyker Beach Golf Course and Marine Park Golf Course. There are some great views of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge from the Dyker Beach facility. The layout is wide-open and you'll find a number of dog-leg fairways.
Golfing in Queens
One of the nicest courses in the New York City region is the Douglaston Golf Course in Queens. Some of the bunkers are new and the greens are well kept. You can even see the Manhattan skyline from some points on the back nine.
Golfing on Staten Island
Finally, and not to be outdone, is Staten Island, which boast a few nice public courses for you to choose from. These are LaTourette Golf Course, Silver Lake Golf Course, and South Shore Golf Course.
Indeed, there are a lot of options for visitors to New York City who grow tired of the grid and the gray. Just beware: lots of people are thinking the same thing as you, so be prepared for a slow-paced round, especially on the weekends.
Golf Courses in Manhattan and New York City