Address: Marine Park Golf Course, 2880 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11234 Map and Directions
Reservations: Marine Park Golf Course
Rates: Marine Park Golf Course Rates.
Rating/Slope: 72.2/123; 67.5/113; 71.5/121; 65.52/105.
Architect: Robert Trent Jones (1964), Stephen Kay 2012
Golf professionals: Richard McDonough, Evan Silkworth and Hunter Watkins.
Restaurant: Yes. Driving Range: Yes. Practice Putting Green and Chipping Area with Grass and Sand: Yes. Walking: Yes.
If you haven’t played Marine Park Golf Course lately, you’ll want to add it to your list of must-play metropolitan courses. This links style Robert Trent Jones design in southern Brooklyn has been making obvious changes since the father-son team of Michael and Adam Giordano took over five years ago as owners. Major changes they made include:
Marine Park Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones this links course built off Jamaica Bay is, at nearly 7,000 yards the longest the city. Factor in the steady in-your-face wind that always seems to blow off the bay make it seem like 8,000 yards.
Directions: Belt Parkway to Exit 11N; Make left at 2nd light.
Marine Park’s Future:
But as Michael and Adam will tell you, they have only started to make progress at Marine Park as the course prepares for its 50th anniversary.
They want to see through Kay’s master-plan changes. New mounding is especially taking shape on Nos. 11 and 12, adding new challenges to the two par-4s. They want to start a shuttle service from downtown Manhattan to get players to the course. Mike and Adam want Marine Park to continue its climb of 50,000 rounds per year, but at the same time drastically reduce the time it takes to play 18 holes.
From the Marine Park teaching professionals to starters, their objective is for everyone to enjoy their round in a reasonable time. Moreover, Marine Park’s No. 1 goal is to be a player-friendly course 365 days of the year, as well as a destination for competitive golfers and tournaments. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, top area professionals and amateurs are scheduled to play the Brooklyn Open at Marine Park.
Our Favorite Hole: Number 3. This very long (445-yard) Par 4 features a narrow landing area. The second shot is invariably with a three wood to a shallow, elevated green, guarded on both sides by bunkers. Like Nos. 1 and 2 this hole normally plays into the wind!