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
Sadly, riding in the city is better done in the back of a taxi than atop a horse. You once would have (until the end of April 2007) seen riders in Central Park but time has brought an onslaught of potential hazards, from dogs and joggers in your path, to busy streets en route to the Bridle Path; in the end, city riding was deemed unsafe even for stalwart equestrians. There are a fair number of academies nearby, and we list them here if time allows you to investigate these options. We do wholeheartedly recommend the few remaining wonderful shops for the never-ending demands of tack and garb.