Address: LaTourette Golf Course, 1001 Richmond Hill Rd., Staten Island, N.Y. 10306 Maps and Directions
Reservations: 718-225-4653(GOLF) or www.nycteetimes.com
Rating: 71.1/121; 69.6/118/70.9/115
Architect: David Rees (1920) Redesign: John Van Kleek (1929/1935); Frank Duane (1964).
Management: American Golf
Manager: Cal Williams
Teaching Professional: Tim Stafford
Superintendent: Sean Crawford
Description: LaTourette Golf Course is the course that sets the standard all other city courses. A beautifully restored 170 year-old three-story brick clubhouse; a range practice facility with a Nike training center, and as challenging a 6,700-yard layout as you'll find anywhere, and as close to a private facility as you'll find in New York City.
The course is the perennial host to the New York City Amateur and the celebrity-filled March of Dimes Charity Golf Outing.
LaTourette features fairly open fairways but it will get you on the small hard-to-hold greens.
Like many other local courses, LaTourette is currently undergoing some major work on drainage and re-construction of the Par 3 third hole.
Directions: From Verrazano-Narrows Bridge take Staten Island Expressway (278) to Bradley Ave. (Exit 11); Ride service road for two lights to Woolley Ave., make left (Woolley becomes Forest Hill Road) take to Richmond Hill Road make left, clubhouse is on top of the hill on the left. From New Jersey: Goethals Bridge onto Staten Island Expressway (278) to Victory Blvd. (Exit 10). Make left at light go two blocks two lights to Gannon Ave. make Right (you will be on the 278 service road) to Woolley Ave. follow directions above.
Mass Transit: Staten Island Ferry and a taxi to the course.
Our Favorite Hole: No. 16. This 397-yard Par 4 requires an accurate drive to a sloping blind fairway. You must hit the tee shot to the right side of the fairway to avoid your ball rolling into the left tree line. You must hit an accurate iron shot to a slightly elevated, two tier putting green which is guarded on both sides by bunkers. Once on, there's the challenging putting surface.