going green: 10 nyc public golf courses
by Joe Bargmann, 05/16/2012
Photo: Marley White
Pelham/Split Rock Golf Course (Bronx)
One of the five New York City golf facilities managed by the California-based American Golf Corporation, which boasts an impressive portfolio of courses nationwide, Pelham/Split Rock is also the only 36-hole complex in the five boroughs. Located in the northern reaches of the Bronx (almost in the hallowed golf territory known as Westchester—but not quite), Pelham/Split Rock has the benefit of more acreage, so both courses reach reasonably challenging lengths (Split Rock is about 6,700 yards; Pelham Bay is just shy of 6,500 yards). Built with Works Progress Administration funds in 1936, Split Rock is noted for its conditioning, varied topography and handful of genuinely tough holes, including Nos. 15, 16 and 17—the Bronx's answer to Augusta National's Amen Corner. American Golf Corporation completed a $10 million renovation of the courses in 2009, a nod to their potential as the City's showpiece. The flatter Pelham Bay bears the "links-style" moniker, which means that it's wide open—rather than an authentic seaside course—and thus more forgiving of crooked shooters.
19th hole: 5
Level of difficulty: 4
Course conditioning: 4