Golf courses in New York City

Golf in this city isn't limited to launching balls off your tenement roof. There are plenty of great public courses nearby. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Brooklyn

Dyker Beach


Seventh Ave and 86th Street, Brooklyn. Subway: R to 86th St.
Accessibility Easy. The course is a 15-minute walk from the subway stop.
Price (18 holes) $59
Notes Tiger Woods’ late father, Earl Woods, discovered golf at Dyker Beach while stationed at Fort Hamilton.
Time to play (hrs) 4-5

Marine Park


2880 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn. Subway: 2,5 to Flatbush Ave. Transfer to Q35 bus.
Accessibility Medium. You need to transfer to a bus from the subway.
Price (18 holes) $56
Notes It's the longest course in NYC. Conditions have improved markedly in recent years.
Time to play (hrs) 5+

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Queens

Clearview Golf Course


202-12 Willets Point Blvd, Queens. Subway: 7 to Main Street. Q 16 bus to Clearview.
Accessibility Medium. You have to catch a connecting bus.
Price (18 holes) $56
Notes With epic, Saharan bunkers and great scenery, it's a good idea to secure tee times a few weeks in advance.
Time to play (hrs) 4-5

Kissena Park Golf Course


164-14 Booth Memorial Ave, Queens. Subway: J to Woodhaven Blvd. Transfer to Q 11 or Q 53.
Accessibility Medium. A bus transfer is required.
Price (18 holes) $18
Notes The short, deceptively challenging layout offers a good view of Manhattan. It was designed by the same gentleman, John Van Kleek, who shaped the course at Split Rock.
Time to play (hrs) 4

The Forest Park Golf Course


101 Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven. Subway: J to Woodhaven Blvd. Connect to Q 11 or Q 53 bus.
Accessibility Medium. Once again, you must wear your bus-riding shoes.
Price (18 holes) $12.50
Notes Recent renovations have improved what was once an unremarkable terrain.
Time to play (hrs) 4-5

Douglaston Golf Course


63-20 Marathon Parkway, Douglaston. Transport: Port Washington branch of the LIRR to Little Neck Station. 10 minute cab ride from there.
Accessibility Hard. It’s pretty far out there.
Price (18 holes) $29.75
Notes Thanks to seven par 3’s, this venue caters to those with Furyk-esque short-iron precision.
Time to play (hrs) 4.5-5

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Bronx

Mosholu Golf Course


3545 Jerome Ave, Bronx. Subway: 4 to Woodlawn.
Accessibility Easy. The 4 train takes you right there.
Price (18 holes) $32
Notes Mosholu's a nine-hole course with double tees for a full round. There are lots of trees and very little water. Games are speedy.
Time to play (hrs) 2.5

Pelham Bay


870 Shore Road, Bronx. Subway: 6 to Pelham Park. Transfer to Westchester Bee-line #45 bus.
Accessibility Hard. You must travel by bus or cab from the subway stop.
Price (18 holes) $34.50
Notes It has rolling, open fairways and not much water. Hole #9 is notable for its myriad bunkers.
Time to play (hrs) 4-5

Split Rock


870 Shore Road, Bronx. Subway: 6 to Pelham Park. Transfer to Westchester Bee-line #45 bus.
Accessibility See: Pelham Bay
Price (18 holes) $34.50
Notes The challenging, Scottish-style holes crescendo to a spirit-crushing back nine. Mind the mosquitos.
Time to play (hrs) 4-5

Van Cortlandt Park


98 Van Cortland Park South, Bronx. Subway: 1,9 to 242nd St
Accessibility Easy. It's a good course to play if you’re chained to public transport.
Price (18 holes) $59
Notes It's the oldest public U.S. course, conceived before women could vote in America. There are often crowds and long walks between holes.
Time to play (hrs) 5+

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Staten Island

La Tourette Golf Course


1001 Richmond Hill Rd, Staten Island. Subway: Staten Island Railroad to Oakland Heights.
Accessibility Hard. Dude, it’s in Staten Island. But it’s worth the trip.
Price (18 holes) $52
Notes This one's probably the best public course in the city. There's significant wait time, but quality has its price.
Time to play (hrs) 5

Silver Lake Golf Course


915 Victory Blvd, Staten Island. Transport: S 61, 62, 91 and 92 from Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
Accessibility A sea-crossing is involved, but the connecting bus is pretty convenient.
Price (18 holes) $20.75
Notes It's tighter than your gin-soaked uncle. You know, the one with the violent, explosive temper.

South Shore Golf Club


200 Huguenot Ave, Staten Island. Transport: The S-74 from Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
Accessibility Hard. You have to take a 40-minute bus ride from the ferry.
Price (18 holes) $29.75
Notes To paraphrase Mike Tyson, its style is impetuous and its defense (by way of many greenside bunkers) is impregnable. And it's in excellent condition.
Time to play (hrs) 4-5

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Other options

Chelsea Piers Golf Academy


23rd St and Hudson River, Manhattan. Subway: C,E to 23rd St.
Notes This is an expensive but kick-ass practice facility. There's a three-tier driving range, golf simulators and lots of personal instruction available.

Golden Bear Golf Center


232-01 Northern Blvd, Queens. LIRR to Douglastown.
Notes The place is always super-busy, perhaps because it was in Golf Range magazine's top 100. A large bucket of range balls runs about 10 dollars.

Flushing Meadow Park Pitch and Putt


Passarelle Ramp at Willets Point Station. Transport: 7 to Willets Point Blvd -- Shea Stadium. LIRR to Willets Point.
Notes Night golf starts in mid May! The lights don’t shut off until 1am, and the entire course can be negotiated with a wedge and a putter.

Randall’s Island Golf Center


1 Randall’s Island, Manhattan. Transport: Shuttle bus from Third Ave and 86th St.
Notes The facility has a nice two-tiered range. If you get too frustrated with your crappy swing, head over to the batting cages and work out some of that aggression.

Breezy Point Executive Golf Course


155th Street and the Boardwalk, Far Rockaway. Subway: 2,5 to Flatbush Ave then connect to the Q35 bus to Breezy Point.
Notes The longest hole on the course is 150 yards. No need to bring the 2-iron, killer.

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