Address: Split Rock Golf Course, 870 Shore Road, Bronx, NY 10464 Map and Directions
Reservations: 718-225-4653 (GOLF) or www.nycteetimes.com
Rating: 72.0/129; 70.0/125; 71.2/115
Architect: John Van Kleek (1934) Redesign Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (2005)
Management: American Golf
Manager: David Laverent
Teaching Professional: Vacant
Superintendent: Anthony Hooks
Description: Split Rock Golf Course is located just off the Hutchinson River Parkway near City Island, Split Rock is a very tight and hilly course with a very demanding back nine. Split Rock Golf Course is arguably one of the best and most challenging designs in NYC. Great Scottish links style holes with tricky putting greens. The 15, 16, and 17 holes on Split Rock are called NYC’s “Amen Corner.” The Split Rock Golf Course was built with WPA funds by New York City Department of Parks in 1936. Often compared to Bethpage Black, a great layout suffering from years of neglect, Split Rock, like the Black, is now undergoing a major renovation. While the improvements under the direction of Robert Trent Jones, Jr., may not be brought the U.S. Open standards of the USGA but it will be raised to tournament standards. Mayor Bloomberg held his annual tournament there and there is talk of a future MGA event.
Directions: New England Thruway (95) to City Island / Orchard Beach (Exit 8B) to traffic circle. Drive around circle to Shore Road North. Entrance to the course is on your left.
Our Favorite Hole: Number 4, a medium length (513-yard) Par 5: It is hard to hit the fairway on this hole with a blind driving area which is narrow and slopes from left to right. A big tree on the left about 190 yards from the tee catches many balls. You must also decide whether to lay-up short of a creek that runs across the fairway about 60 yards in front of the green or try to carry it. The shot is downhill.
If you go for it you can hit the narrow green which is guarded on both sides by bunkers.