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This swanky, elite club is a cut above the rest. Patrons can avail of the state-of-the-art gym downstairs, fully equipped with weights and machines. The fitness nuts here are also treated to flat-screen entertainment as they flex those muscles. Steam rooms and a cafe help rejuvenate the senses and fill the hungry stomach after a vigorous workout. Those eager to hone their golfing skills can saunter upstairs, where the loft is cunningly divided into sections by enormous simulators that project virtual golf courses with varying hazards. Those new to the sport but eager to learn won't be left behind; pro instructors are on hand to guide the novices through the postures and strokes.
Part of the vast Chelsea Piers athletic complex, Chelsea Piers Golf Club at Chelsea Piers provides year-round, all-weather golfing. There are 52 heated and climate controlled stalls in an area comprising 1000 square feet (92.90 square meters). The club also organizes courses for various age groups, wherein first-timers can receive valuable tricks and tips from seasoned professionals. Prices vary for lessons. Call or visit the Chelsea Piers website for more information on times and rates. Parking and child-care are available within the complex.
Forest Park Golf Course is one of the best courses in New York City and has won criticial acclaim in top golf publications. Famous golf course architect Tom Bendelow designed this course in 1896, and it was renovated in 1995 for a grand sum of two million dollars. The revamped golf course features three water holes and beautiful fairways flanked by tall trees. Its elevated greens test your skills as a golfer and help you continually improve your game. You can book to play either 9 or 18 holes, with the rates differing as per the time of the day. Senior citizens over 62 years and youngsters below 17 get special discounts on certain days. While some courses are geared more towards beginners while others are suited for professionals, Forest Park Golf Course has excellent facilities for both. Those just starting out can enroll for a golf clinic or a private lesson.
Clearview Park Golf Course is situated at one end of Throgs Neck Bridge, near Little Bay Park. This par 70 and 6328-yard course has 18 holes and makes for a picturesque landscape. The tree-lined course and its luxurious clubhouse together afford a wonderful experience in golfing and socializing. Amateurs have a good opportunity to perfect their game while experts can participate in their golf leagues. A covered pavilion, beautiful patio, banquet room and clubhouse can be rented for a variety of events including cocktail receptions, bridal showers, weddings, fundraisers and corporate functions.
First opened on July 6, 1895, the Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course holds the distinction of being the first public golf course opened in the United States. Stars from the world of sports and Hollywood used to frequent this landmark back in its heyday; icons such as Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Joe Louis and even the Three Stooges used to make this their course of choice. A par 70, 6,096 yard course, Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course attracts a healthy mix of history enthusiasts and golf hobbyists looking for a new challenge. If you decide to give it a go, look out for hole 17, a par three, long, uphill journey.