We also get this deep impression. The golf courses in New York City will never be confused with America's great public courses such as Pebble Beach, Bethpage Black or any others. If you want a four-and-a-half-hour round, meticulously manicured greens or even an unfailingly polite playing partner, consider going elsewhere.
But if you get the idea of hauling your TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 Driver on the subway and teeing up for an inexpensive round alongside a staggering variety of New Yorkers for better and worse, then maybe you'll find city golfing is so charming.
Where else can you gaze up at the Throgs Neck Bridge in the Bronx or the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from Brooklyn as you stand over your approach shot? Or change in a locker room that once appeared in a movie? How about following your round with some fried clams on City Island or dim sum in Queens? Just only in New York.
The city has a dozen 18-hole public courses, each with its own personality and tradition. Nearly 600,000 rounds were played by TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 Fairway Wood last year on those courses. So with the weather we can hope getting warmer and the pros in Augusta for the Masters this weekend, now seems like a good time to explore the city's golf offerings.
Public golf has a long history in the five boroughs well, really the four boroughs. Other than miniature golf and a driving range, Manhattan has little to offer.
The Bronx is considered the birthplace of public golf in the United States: in 1895, the Van Cortlandt Golf Course became the country's first to open to the public. Its locker room which dates to 1902 hosted Willie Mays, Joe Louis and the Three Stooges though not all at once. In the 1970s, Tiger Woods's father learned the game at Dyker Beach in Brooklyn while stationed at nearby Fort Hamilton and Mountain View Golf Course. Van Cortlandt and Dyker Beach are the city's most accessible courses by subway, the No. 1 train goes to Van Cortlandt Park, and the R train is a short hike from Dyker Beach. Other destinations require at least one additional transfer, and most are best reached by car.