Best Winter Golf Course in NYC

DOUGLASTON GOLF COURSE
The most popular and the second busiest course in NYC. This course offers a country club experience. Open all year round, the course is in superb condition and has no temporary greens. Global warming can’t be all bad. If you’re itching to play golf, contact NY Golf Shuttle for a door-to-door service to the course.
Douglaston Golf Course

A Bronx Tale…for Golfers

VAN CORTLANDT GOLF COURSE
America’s oldest public golf course, is located in the Bronx and is the most accessible New York City golf course to mass transportation. The # 1 train leaves you just a short walk to the course. A complete course renovation project at Van Cortlandt was just completed in 2008. The design is that of Stephen Kay, one of the finest golf course architects in the Northeast. NY Golf Shuttle offers a stress-free, hassle-free way to experience golfing in NYC.
Van Cortlandt

Golf New York City in Springtime

The harsh winter has taken its toll on the metropolitan area golf courses.
Bethpage Black ,originally scheduled to open on April 11th, has once again moved their opening from April 25th to next Saturday, May 2nd. An easy, stress-free alternative is Douglaston Golf Course. The picture below shows a well-conditioned course that survived the severe winter and its greens and fairways are in superb condition- fast and firm. Kudos to the resident greens keeper, Dave!

Douglaston Golf Course is one of the best courses in NYC to play in spring.

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Whitestone Bridge Golf Course Gives NYC Chance at Open

In Ron Lieberman’s dreams, Tiger Woods will be playing for Jack Nicklaus’s record 18 major tournament victories on a course in the heart of New York City that Nicklaus himself designed.

Lieberman, a former New York City parks executive, oversees the first golf course to open in the city since 1963. Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, built on a former landfill in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx, had its ribbon-cutting in October, and will open to the public next year.

Ferry Point may have already been selected as a site of The Barclays, the first of the U.S. PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoff events in 2017 and 2020, according to a Golf.com report. It’s also attracted the attention of the U.S. Golf Association, which runs the U.S. Open in addition to being the sport’s rule-making body for the U.S. and Mexico.

“There’s nothing like this at all,” said Lieberman, the former director for the city’s parks department revenue division who’s now a vice president of special projects for the Trump Organization. “You have these fabulous views of the city skyline, and it’s 15 to 20 minutes from Manhattan.”

It’s the newest of the city’s 14 courses and, at a cost of $269 million, the most expensive public golf facility ever built in the U.S. Originally planned to open in 2001, the project was pushed back by cost overruns and construction, legal and environmental delays.

While the USGA doesn’t comment on potential U.S. Open venues, officials from the organization have visited Ferry Point, along with other area clubs, as part of their information-gathering procedures, spokesman Pete Kowalski said.

Pinehurst Open

Over the past two weeks, both the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens were held at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. It was the fourth time in seven years the men’s U.S. Open has been held at a course open to the public.

John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s managing director for rules, competition and equipment, said the championship committee that selects U.S. Open sites considers it important to hold the tournament at some public access courses.

The site of next year’s U.S. Open, Chambers Bay in Seattle, was selected as host seven months after the course, a municipal links built on a former sand and gravel quarry overlooking Puget Sound, opened in 2007.

Former Landfill

Located on a 222-acre former landfill, Ferry Point has views of the Manhattan skyline from some of its 18 holes. The course sits on the east side of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, which crosses the East River and connects the New York City boroughs of the Bronx and Queens.

Nicklaus designed a treeless links-style course, with tall grasses and dunes that reach heights of 55 feet. The course can stretch to 7,400 yards (6,767 meters) from the back tees, which Nicklaus says will “create a test of golf fitting of any tournament or championship.” The dunes around many of the greens create amphitheater-like areas suited for spectator viewing, there’s ample space for corporate and merchandise tents, and the infrastructure was set up to handle hosting a major, Lieberman said.

Ferry Point would join New York area courses such as Ridgewood Country Club, Plainfield Country Club and Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in the rotation as host of The Barclays, Golf.com said, citing people close to Trump that it didn’t identify. Bethpage Black became the first publicly operated course to host the U.S. Open in 2002, was the site of the event again in 2009 and will welcome the PGA Championship in 2019 and golf’s Ryder Cup in 2024.

Lieberman and PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said there’s been no decision to bring a playoff event to Ferry Point.

Nicklaus’s Best

Nicklaus, 74, counts four U.S. Open wins among his record 18 major titles, though none of his almost 300 course designs has hosted the sport’s second major championship yet. Nicklaus’s Valhalla Golf Club near Louisville, Kentucky, was home to the 1996 PGA Championship and is also the site of this year’s final men’s major. Another Nicklaus design, Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Alabama, is also a two-time PGA Championship site.

Trump, 67, predicted that Ferry Point will get its due. “There will be a major championship announced there in the not-too-distant future,” he said.

If the construction of Ferry Point was compared to a round of golf, it would be a 6 1/2-hour slog rather than a crisp 18 holes. Since former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani oversaw the start of the project almost two decades ago, costs have soared more than 12 times the original estimate.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, in 2011 brought in Trump to finish the project and negotiated a 20-year lease for him to operate the course. Trump has 15 other golf properties, including in Westchester and the Hudson Valley in New York, and Bedminster and Colts Neck in New Jersey.

‘Done Right’

“I have a good team of people. We know the contractors, we know people and we were tough, and we got it done,” said Trump. “It’s not only done, we got it done right.”

Concerns from local residents about hazardous levels of methane gas have been assuaged and emissions will continue to be tested, along with soil and groundwater at the former landfill.

The course won’t open to the public until next spring to give it time to mature. There’s also a $10 million, 15,000-square-foot clubhouse scheduled to be built while other infrastructure projects need to be completed. Trump is paying for the clubhouse and costs associated with operating the course once open, yet will pay no rent to the city for the first five years of his lease. The city has footed the rest of the cost of the project, including sewer and water charges.

Greens Fees

The price for a round of golf at Ferry Point will probably be between $100 and $200, depending on time and day of the week, a significant increase over the $31 to $56 greens fees at other New York City courses that include Pelham/Split Rock and Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, Dyker Beach in Brooklyn and Flushing Meadows in Queens. There will be discounted rates for New York residents of up to 25 percent.

The man-made dunes, lush fairways and tall grasses waving in the breezes off the East River evoke images of a seaside resort. The steady drone of the 130,000 vehicles that cross the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge daily and the sound of airliners from LaGuardia Airport make it clear that this is New York City. It has views of houses in the Bronx on several holes to go along with the Manhattan skyscrapers.

Trump landed his first men’s major championship last month when the PGA of America said the 2022 PGA Championship will be held at his Bedminster property’s Old Course. The U.S. Women’s Open will be held at Trump Bedminster in 2017.

Seven Booked

The next seven men’s U.S. Opens are booked: After Chambers Bay in 2015, future sites are Oakmont in Pittsburgh (2016), Erin Hills in Wisconsin (2017), Shinnecock Hills on Long Island (2018), Pebble Beach in California (2019), Winged Foot in Westchester, New York (2020) and Torrey Pines (2021) outside San Diego. Four of the next seven will be played on courses accessible to the public.

“The USGA loves the whole public golf course aspect,” said Lieberman, who has toured Ferry Point with USGA executive director Mike Davis. “That combined with the urban feel, New York City skyline, being right in the heart of the city, it plays right into what they look for.”

Source: Erik Matuszewski- Bloomberg BusinessWeek [http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-06-25/whitestone-bridge-golf-course-gives-nyc-chance-at-open#p2]

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Bethpage Black 2019 PGA Championship and 2024 Ryder Cup Matches.

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A decision rumored for weeks became official Tuesday: the 2019 PGA Championship and 2024 Ryder Cup are headed to Bethpage Black.

One of five courses at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., the Black Course became the first public venue to host the U.S. Open when it did so in 2002, with Tiger Woods claiming the trophy for the second time in his career. The season’s second major also returned to Bethpage in 2009, when Lucas Glover took home his maiden major title amid soggy conditions. Reigning British Open champion Phil Mickelson finished runner-up on both occasions.

This 1st hole @ Bethpage Yellow will be transformed as the driving range and additional putting green when PGA is in town, which is pretty frequently with the official  announcement that Bethpage Black will be the site of 2019 PGA Championship and 2024 Ryder Cup Matches.

PGA spots Bethpage Black best for its championship and Ryder Cup

There is a growing buzz in the golf community that PGA eyes Bethpage Black in Long Islands to hold the two famous golf events – the PGA championship on 2019 and Ryder Cup on 2024 as reported by Golfweek Monday night. Ted Bishop, the PGA president said the “The PGA is highly interested in having a Ryder Cup and a PGA Championship there. We feel it’s a golf course that’s worthy of both. We’ve been interested in Bethpage going back to 2009.” Though neither Pete Bevacqua, the chief executive of the association, nor Bishop, has not yet formally announced that the major championship and top international match would come to Long Island, both were hopeful that negotiations with state officials would produce a deal.   ”We’ve had a great relationship with the state of New York, and it’s escalated this week,” Bishop said at Oak Hill. “New York is the greatest sports city in America, and the Ryder Cup is the greatest event in golf.”  Pete Bevacqua, PGA’s chief executive, is known having strong New York ties.  He was the USGA’s chief business officer when the U.S. Open was last held at Bethpage Black.  An announcement could come Tuesday, Golfweek said, although Newsday’s sources said only that the news would be made public soon.

Bethpage Black, the state’s crown jewel course, most recently hosted the Barclays last year, and it is scheduled to return in 2016. Tour players and local pros have expressed their accolades of Bethpage as venue for the Ryder Cup. Bishop, who has made Bethpage one of the priorities of his two-year term, said: “Pete and I played there the first week in June. Every time I am at Bethpage, I love the place even more. So I would hope that we’d be able to get this thing figured out sooner or later.”  He  recalls that during a Ryder Cup practice with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler three years ago it was mentioned that Bethpage is one of the of best courses for the matches in America.    Bishop even noted Phil saying “Would that not be the best to have the Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black?”.  Also,  Keegan Bradley, a standout for the U.S. team at the Ryder Cup last year,  considers the Black his favorite course after having played it regularly when he was at St. John’s.  “Ryder Cup to Bethpage Black in 2024. WOW. That will be insane.”, as he tweeted Monday night.  Bevacqua, during his stint with U.S. Golf Association when it was preparing to bring the U.S. Open to the municipal facility in 2002, said: “Bethpage is a special place. You know that I’m an unbelievable fan of the Black Course.”

 

Mets,Yankees join forces on links for charity

OLD BETHPAGE, N.Y. — One day after the All-Star Game, some prominent local athletes took a swing for society. Neither Ike Davis nor David Robertson were a part of the All-Star Game, but the tandem paired up Wednesday to host a charity golf tournament in relief of Hurricane Sandy.

Davis and Robertson were the front men for the Players Trust, the charitable foundation attached to the Major League Baseball Players Association. Several former stars were on hand Wednesday — including Hall of Famer Jim Rice — for an event at Bethpage Black, one of the nation’s premier golf courses.

Robertson, a setup man for the Yankees, and Davis, the Mets’ first baseman, didn’t do much golfing on Wednesday, but they were happy to lend their names and faces to an honorable cause. Robertson, in fact, said that he started playing golf and then decided that he’d better leave it for another day.

“I only played two holes. I haven’t played golf in a long time and I don’t really want to risk an injury or something,” Robertson said. “It’s very hot out here. I’ve been kind of drifting around the course and speaking to people, hanging out at the tee boxes. But I can tell you from two holes, I lost two golf balls. If you miss the fairway, you’re in the thick stuff. And it’s hard to find the golf ball.”

Rice was the headliner on Wednesday, but several familiar faces of various eras turned out in support of the Players Trust. Bobby Bonilla and Jose Cruz Jr. were on hand, as were Ron Darling, Reggie Sanders, Mike Cameron and former Yankee Jim Bouton, among others.

Davis elected not to golf on Wednesday, and he said it’s a sport he doesn’t really play until the offseason. A cause like this, though, was a different animal. Davis said he was thrilled to help people affected by Sandy in any way possible, and the golf tourney provided a perfect outlet.

“It shows that you can take a little time out of your life to help the community. And that anyone can do it,” Davis said of the tourney. “Especially with the superstars that are here that probably don’t have too much time. I have plenty of time. But David Wright, doing all the things he does, I know he doesn’t have very much time to himself. It’s definitely good to see and it shows that you can take a little time and give it to a good cause. If everyone did it, then we could get things moving a little faster.”

Hurricane Sandy, the second-most costly hurricane in American history, made landfall near New Jersey on Oct. 12, 2012, and wreaked havoc all along the Eastern Seaboard. It has caused an estimated total of $68 billion in damages, a sum exceeded only by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Robertson, who has given back to the community through his own charitable foundation — High Socks For Hope — said it was vitally important for people to keep Sandy victims in mind. Robertson’s charity was created specifically for relief of natural disasters, making him a perfect fit on Wednesday.

“I think it’s great that Major League Baseball gets involved in this,” said Robertson. “And the Players Trust does such an amazing job of running events like this, it makes them able to raise large sums of money that’s going to be turned around and used for Hurricane Sandy victims. The spotlight has kind of faded on Sandy. In some people’s minds, it’s still fresh for the people for the people who live here. But I’ve seen firsthand that after natural disasters hit, once the news coverage is off of it, it becomes harder and harder to get funding for people that are without homes or that are having problems.”

Robertson said that he personally visited the Rockaways with his wife as part of a relief effort, and he helped to furnish three houses for families that had lost everything in the storm. But there is still so much work to be done, and there are still so many people in need of assistance.

Enter the Players Trust, which has provided more than $13 million in contributions to charities over the years. The Trust is funded through contributions from all MLBPA members and a percentage of licensing revenue, and the rest comes from special fundraising events throughout the year.

“The Players Trust is a crucial part of what we do,” said Michael Weiner, the executive director of the MLBPA. “This is the first time we’ve ever paired with Bethpage for an event, and it’s tremendous to be out here with all these players and former players to support the Trust and support relief for Superstorm Sandy. It’s been a great day, from what I understand.”

Weiner, who has an inoperable brain tumor, recently revealed that the MLBPA will meet to appoint a deputy director within the next few weeks. Weiner is confined to a wheelchair and cannot move the right side of his body, but he said that he’s thrilled to work for as long as he can.

“My goal is to live each day as it comes,” he said of attending the tourney one day after the All-Star Game. “I don’t take for granted that I’m going to be able to wake up tomorrow and be able to work. I knew this was going to be a wonderful event and a wonderful day and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

Robertson, 28, is generally thought of as the presumptive heir to the great Mariano Rivera, and he said he watched Tuesday night’s All-Star Game with glee. Rivera, who pitched the eighth inning in the American League’s 3-0 win, was named the Most Valuable Player of the game.

And for Robertson, there couldn’t have been a better outcome. The right-hander said that he has loved working with Rivera and that he was glad the nation paid him a fitting tribute on Tuesday.

“I thought the reception for Rivera was amazing. He got everything he deserved,” said Robertson. “He’s an incredible player and [he's had] such an amazing career. If you look at longevity and what he’s done in years past, there’s no one else like him. He got everything he deserved.”

Sandy Relief Golf Tournament at Bethpage Black

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)  Yankees pitcher David Robertson and Mets first baseman Ike Davis will help host a Long Island golf tournament to raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

It will be held July 17 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, the course for the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open. The tournament is scheduled for the day after the All-Star game at Citi Field in Queens. “This July, New York will become the center of the baseball universe, and it’s only fitting that the baseball-playing community use this as an opportunity to assist the thousands of people in the area impacted by the storm who support our great game on a daily basis,” Davis said in a statement.

Also taking part will be former MLB players Ken Griffey Jr., Bobby Bonilla, Aaron Boone, Ron Darling, Al Leiter and Jeff Nelson.

The tournament is sponsored by the charitable foundation of the player’s union. The foundation has contributed more than $175,000 to organizations providing assistance to storm victims.

“As Major League baseball players we’re given a stage to help raise awareness for victims of natural disasters long after the immediate attention subsides,” Robertson said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to joining forces with Ike Davis and a who’s-who list of former big leaguers to do our part to help communities still suffering from the effects of such a devastating storm.”