Address: Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course, Van Cortland Ave. South & Bailey Ave., Bronx, NY, 10471 Maps and Directions
Rating: 68.3/122; 66.7/119; 67.7/115
Architect: Tom Bendelow (1895) Redesign: Stephen Kay (2001)
Management: Forest Park Management (Norman Taffet)
General Manager: William Larkin
Teaching Professional: Paul Sliva - Read about Van Cortlandt Golf Proffessional, Paul Sliva, in this exclusive article in the New York Times. Article: Off the Major Deegan, the Everyman Golf Pro &Watch the video.
New Superintendent: Peter DiRollo
Description: Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course is America's oldest public golf course (opening in 1895), this Bronx golf course boasts two of the longest par fives in the city. Number 2 - 625 and number 12 - 605. Originally developed by a group of wealthy men who hoped to have the city develop it into a private course, this course has transformed over the years into a quite hilly and challenging course.
While in office, Mayor Giuliani initiated a four million dollar improvement program that included the re-building of 20 tee boxes, 13 bunkers, two lakes and significant re-design of the fairways and rough. The pro shop and dining area have also been renovated. Renovations were designed by golf course architect, Stephan Kay.
Vannie, as the locals call it, is arguably the easiest golf course to get to by subway from the West side of Manhattan. Take the 1 train to the last stop. Then it is a short walk through the park. Go under the old New York Central Railroad tressel and make a left. The historic clubhouse on the lake will be in front of you. Incidentally, the rail road was nicknamed "Old Putt". The course was also used for many scenes in the movie, Wall Street.
Over the years, many actors and athletes, including Sidney Poitier and Willie Mays, have played at Van Cortlandt. Most recently, Andrew Giuliani (son of Rudy and the 2006 MGA Player of the Year) has called Van Cortlandt his home course.
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2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th, 10th and the 11th greens have been ripped up, a new base mixture filled, drains installed and the greens sodded with bent grass.
10th, 12th and 14th fairways have had new and imrpoved drainage systems installed
Several holes have already received new foward tees and back tees, with more tee boxes planned. At the completion of the renovation at least 200 yards will have been added to the course from the back tees, allowing a golfer to play a newly renovated course that measures in at over 6,000 yards.
Several of our bunkers have been redesigned with plans to install some new bunkers as well.
Directions: Deegan Expressway North 230 th St., make right at light and quick left onto Bailey Ave., to Van Cortlandt West. From north take Major Deegan to Van Cortlandt exit; make left at light, at Van Cortlandt West get onto Deegan North approach, stay left under highway to course.
Mass Transit: Take No. 1 train to 242nd St.
Our Favorite Hole: #7. This 220 yard downhill par three requires length and accuracy with your tee shot to a very sloped green guarded by two big bunkers on the front left and rear of the green.