going green: 10 nyc public golf courses
by Joe Bargmann, 05/16/2012
Photo: Marley White
La Tourette Golf Course (Staten Island)
La Tourette is a wonderful facility, with touches of the 1935 course design by John Van Kleek—whose work includes the top-notch Taconic Golf Club, on the Williams College campus, in Massachusetts—still very much in evidence. The classic layout hews to the hilly terrain, the golfing experience oddly interrupted by a park road traversing the course. In any case, La Tourette is still impressive, with a historic three-story brick clubhouse featuring a pro shop and restaurant. Among the City's courses, La Tourette comes the closest to offering the experience of a private club, with a driving range with 40 stations, plus a practice sand bunker and putting green. Standout holes include the 200-yard, par-3 No. 12, which plays to an elevated green. A new green has been built at the par-4 No. 4 hole, a dogleg also calling for an uphill approach. La Tourette is open year-round, so if you get a golf jones in January and there's no snow on the ground, the course is all yours.
19th hole: 5
Level of difficulty: 4
Course conditioning: 4