New York big, bold attitude reflects in its golf courses as well. A number of popular golfing destinations exist in the Big Apple proper and the surrounding metro area. Here are some of the more popular ones:
1. Van Cortlandt Golf Course, North Bronx. Van Cortlandt, the oldest public course in the United States, boasts big fairways that can take hours to play. Known by locals as Vanny, the course features two of the longest holes (2 and 12) in town.
2. Dyker Beach Golf Course, Brooklyn. Designed by Tom Bendelow, aka “The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf,” the historic Dyker Beach Golf Course features tight fairways. Dyker Beach is the closest course to Manhattan Island.
3. Bethpage State Park Golf Course (Black and Red Courses) Farmingdale, Long Island. Bethpage’s Black Course ranks among the most difficult in the country. Securing a tee time can take lots of patience. Fortunately, the Red Course offers just as much of a challenge.