Play 18 when you're in… New York City
Heading to the Big Apple for the PGA Championship – or just because it’s NYC – make sure you squeeze in at least one round of golf. Here are four great public courses to play during your stay.
Best for Escapism
Van Cortlandt GC
The oldest public course in the US, Van Cortlandt dates back to 1895 and sits in the North Bronx, an easy subway ride from Manhattan. ‘Vanny’, as the locals call it, is a gentle parkland affair that offers an escape from the city for New York’s elite. It weighs in at just over 6,000 yards and due to the fact everyone on Manhattan also wants to play here, your round will take longer than you’d like.
Best for Accuracy
Bethpage State Park
Located in suburban Long Island, 60 minutes east of Manhattan, Bethpage State Park is home to five 18-hole courses. A mecca for public golfers, with more than 200,000 rounds played here annually, three of the courses were created by A.W. Tillinghast, and the fourth he modified. Bethpage punishes the wild and wayward, particularly on the infamous Black.
Best for Luxury
Trump Ferry Point
Put aside $215 and head for the Bronx, where one of NYC’s poorest boroughs is home to the city’s most expensive public course. Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point was laid out by Jack Nicklaus on top of a municipal waste site and it’s a miraculous transformation. It’s the most luxurious round you can play without leaving the city – and, at 7,400 yards, the longest too. The green fee is steep, but the views are worth every last cent. www.trumpferrypoint.com
Best for Views
Forest Park GC
Head for Queens, a 50-minute cab ride east of the city, and you’ll end up at Forest Park, a course as blessed with woodland as its title suggests and famed locally for its elevated greens. As one of New York’s hillier golf clubs, you’ll be rewarded for huffing up several steep ascents with beautiful, Insta-worthy views of the New York City skyline.