If you're coming to New York for a golf vacation, you probably got on the wrong plane. Unless you've got an in at the private clubs (the New York area probably has more great private courses than any place in the country), it's not a great area for golf. But if you must play while you're here and don't know any members of Winged Foot or Shinnecock, here's some suggestions:
Best Upscale Public
Centennial Golf Club
Centennial is a 27-hole semi private facility in Carmel, NY - about an hour drive from Manhattan in light traffic. It may sound far, but it's hard to find a decent public course without driving at least 30-45 minutes; at that point, the extra 20 minutes is worth it for a good course. Centennial is a great layout with good conditions and good management. With 3 nines and a location far enough from the city, it's ... [more]
Golf, Jay Weiss
The Garment District (or Garment Center) is no longer home to New Yorkís fashion industry that has placed itself in less expensive and hipper parts of town. What remain here are the showrooms, light manufacturing, and the suppliers. The button, fabrics, and finishes stores are often open to retail traffic and offer the crafty and fashionable an opportunity for a day of great finds. The list of these places is long, but it starts with M&J on 6th Avenue and 36th Street. The Garment District is also home to many large department stores including Macyís, which is spectacular in the spring when the store is beautifully dressed in flowers.