going green: 10 nyc public golf courses
by Joe Bargmann, 05/16/2012
Photo: Marley White
Douglaston Golf Course (Queens)
At par 67 and less than 6,000 yards from the back tees, Douglaston won't be challenging Bethpage Black as a U.S. Open venue. The course originally opened in 1927, during the golden age of golf course architecture, but layout revisions over the years have obscured any old-school feel (with all due respect to designer Stephen Kay, who has worked on many City courses and oversaw upgrades to Douglaston in 2004). With all of this in mind, golfers aren't rushing to Douglaston expecting to play the round of their life. What the place has going for it is rolling terrain; wide fairways; beautiful, old trees; and spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. You want a decent walk in the park and a pleasant place to whack the ball around? Head to Douglaston. Holding higher expectations will lead to disappointment.
19th hole: 4
Level of difficulty: 2
Course conditioning: 2