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going green: 10 nyc public golf courses

by Joe Bargmann, 05/16/2012

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  • Clearview Park Golf Course (Queens)
    The busiest of the City courses, logging more than 75,000 rounds a year, Clearview could test the patience of any golfer; the crowds all but guarantee a round in excess of five hours. But Clearview must be doing something right, because golfers return there time and again. Part of the appeal is the 8,000-square-foot practice putting green and a newly renovated clubhouse with an above-average restaurant and a lively bar. Out on the course, the views are inspiring; from the 17th tee, even the homely Throgs Neck Bridge looks beautiful. The course has recently undergone numerous improvements, including a major clearing of undergrowth between holes, which opens the course and allows for improved conditions. Standout holes include No. 4, a 179-yard par 3 with an uphill tee shot over a water hazard.

    19th hole: 5 (out of a possible 5)
    Views/ambience: 5 (out of a possible 5)
    Accessibility: 3 (with 5 being the most accessible)
    Level of difficulty: 4 (with 5 being the most difficult)
    Course conditioning: 4 (out of a possible 5)
    Overall: 21 (out of a possible 25)

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