Eastchester is a town located just north of New York City's borough of the Bronx. Eastchester and its surroundings are home to a surprising number of public and private golf courses, some of which are set within country clubs and others in public parks. Additional nearby attractions include Yankee Stadium and the famed Bronx Zoo to the south and the summer dining and recreational escape, City Island, to the east. Because it lies just outside the five boroughs of New York City, Eastchester is not reachable by subway and must be navigated by car, or in some locations, by Metro North rail.
Siwanoy Country Club is located in Eastchester within the Twin Lakes Country Park. The club was created to meet the needs of a group of wealthy Mount Vernon residents at the turn of the 20th century. The 18-hole course is open to members only and the club website requires a user name and password to enter. To reach the course use Exit 10 on the Cross County Parkway and follow New Rochelle Road to the street entrance. By train from upstate or Manhattan, take Metro North to the Bronxville station then hop a cab for the remaining few miles. Wykagyl Country Club is located behind the Quaker Ridge Shopping Center. The club was created by a group of local men who wished to have a place to play the game which had just come across the Atlantic from Scotland. The farmland parcel was purchased in 1904 and the course was opened in 1905. The course was completely redesigned in 1994 and renovated in 2006. The course is open to members only.
Golf Only Clubs
Quaker Ridge Golf Club is said to be located on the same land which was used by General George Washington and his troops to rest during the Revolutionary War. The course played host to the 1997 Walker Cup championship and is a J.W. Tillinghast design totaling just over 6,800 yards. The course is ranked by some of the world's best and best known golfers, including Jack Nicklaus, as a top course. The course has two par-five, twelve par-four and four par-three holes. Saint Andrew's Golf Club is the oldest remaining golf club in the United States is a direct reference to its namesake and the so-called birthplace of golf across the Atlantic in Scotland. The original course was host to the first ever U.S. Open and the current renovated course is a Jack Nicklaus design. Winged Foot Golf Club features a stone clubhouse and two 18-hole courses. Winged Foot has hosted several PGA Tour events and is an A.W. Tillinghast design. All of the area's golf clubs are open to members only and are reachable only by car.
Nearby Public Courses: Pelham & Split Rock
A few miles to the south of Eastchester in the northern portion of the New York City borough of the Bronx you will find the public golf courses Pelham & Split Rock and Van Cortlandt Park. The Pelham & Split Rock courses are both located within Pelham Bay Park and together make up the only 36-hole public links in the entire city. Pelham Bay is a links course with open fairways, while Split Rock is a Van Kleek designed shot-to-shot course which uses the landscape to create its format. The two are known for their high water table and the large swarms of mosquitoes which can be an issue during the summer months. As of this publication, rates at New York City's public courses are in the $30 range for weekdays and closer to $40 on the weekends. To reach the Pelham & Split Rock courses take the Hutchinson River Parkway to the Pelham Bay Park exit.
Nearby Public Courses: Van Cortlandt
Van Cortlandt Park golf course is an interesting Trent Jones design, having the two longest holes in New York golf: the 2nd which runs 619 yards and the 12th which runs 572 yards (both from the back tees). Weekends can be quite crowded and reservations are recommended. During the week singles and small groups are typically able to walk on. To reach the Van Cortlandt course you can take the Major Deegan Expressway to the Van Cortlandt Park exit or the "Number 1" train to the 242nd Street stop. As stated above, rates at New York City's public courses are about $30 on weekdays and $40 on the weekends.
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