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 West Village is also called Greenwich Village, and is famous for innumerable residents and events, including the annual Halloween parade that is an outlandish display of debauchery. The Village runs from the Hudson River to Broadway where it meets the East Village; on the south end it begins at Houston where Soho ends; and on the north end it leaves off at 14th Street where Chelsea begins. In between you will find meandering streets that seem to follow no rhyme or reason and are filled with delightful shops and delicacies. You will also find New York University and the New School.