going green: 10 nyc public golf courses
by Joe Bargmann, 05/16/2012
Photo: Marley White
South Shore Golf Course (Staten Island)
Of all the City golf facilities, South Shore is the best-looking kid in the class—and has the pedigree to go with it. It was designed by golden-age course architect Devereux Emmet—whose work also includes Garden City Golf Club, on Long Island, site of the 1902 U.S. Open—and the course, clubhouse and on-site catering facility have been so gussied up recently that South Shore has become a popular wedding venue—as if it were a private country club. As for the quality of the golf course itself, one only needs to know that South Shore was given a 4-star (out of a possible 5) rating from Golf Digest in 2008, the best among the City's courses. South Shore receives high marks for conditioning, thanks to a renovation a few years back including new teeing grounds, improved drainage and irrigation and restoration of bunkers and greens. Few public golfers get a chance to play a course designed by Emmet, who favored wide fairways and small greens, rewarding power and precision—the two fundamental marks of a good player. The extra effort required to get here is rewarded by a satisfying day at the park.
19th hole: 5
Level of difficulty: 4
Course conditioning: 5