10 Golfiest Places in New York City

You don't have to leave the city to enjoy your favorite game.

  • Dyker Beach Golf Course: Located in Brooklyn at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, this 6,538-yard layout was designed in 1930 by John Van Kleek, who also designed several notable courses in the northeast, including Taconic Golf Club in Massachusetts.
  • Ferry Point: Already, a pair of New York golf courses sits under the shadow of two of the bridges that connect the boroughs: Dyker Beach and Clearview Park in Queens. Soon to join the group is Ferry Point, an ambitious course project in the Bronx, next to the Whitestone Bridge. Designed by Jack Nicklaus and John Sanford, this will quickly become the best course in the city.
  • Golf Club at Chelsea Piers: This four-deck driving range that juts into the Hudson River is part of a larger sports complex that includes batting cages, ice rink and bowling alleys. The best part is that you don’t have to bend down or strain your back—balls are teed up automatically.
  • Governors Island: This former military installation used to have a nine-hole golf course. Now managed by the National Park Service and accessible only by ferry, it is open to visitors three days a week every summer, and one of the attractions is a wild 11-hole miniature golf course, each designed by a different artist.
  • Drive 495: If you don’t have time to leave Manhattan for a round of golf, you can tee it up at this facility, where you can play in a simulator and choose from dozens of courses. In a double plus, there is also an impressive fitness center on site.
  • Links Club: Located in a four-story building, this private club on the East Side is a quiet place for a drink, meal or relaxation in a timelessly old-fashioned atmosphere. It probably looks and feels the way it did when C.B. Macdonald founded it nearly a century ago. Don’t bother looking for it. You’ll never find it, which is just the way its members want it.
  • New York Golf Center: If you ever had a couple of hours to kill, drop by this packed store in Midtown. You’ll be tempted to walk out with a driver—the store has the city’s only TaylorMade fitting center.
  • Randall’s Island Golf Center: On unseasonably warm days during the winter, this two-tiered driving range located on a small island between Manhattan and Queens will be packed with city denizens desperate to work out their winter blues with a bucket of balls.
  • Richmond County Country Club: Located on Staten Island and founded in 1888, RCCC is among the oldest golf clubs in America. In another distinction, it is home to the only private golf course in New York City.
  • Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course: Take the No. 1 subway line to its last stop to reach the oldest public golf course in the United States. Built in 1895, the course features the city’s longest hole, the 619-yard 2nd. To paraphrase the famous song about New York, if you can make it on two here, you’ll make it anywhere.

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