If you’re an avid enthusiast of golfing while also having a thing for nature, there’s a golf course tucked right in the outskirts of Woodhaven to the north, called Forest Park Golf Course. It is a leafy course with elevated greens & 3 water holes, plus lessons & a clubhouse with a pro shop, teeming with an endless sea of trees.
A brief introduction to its history:
Forest Park Golf Course is located in Woodhaven, Queens. The course is located just off Jackie Robinson Parkway. It was designed by Tom Bendelo in 1896 and redesigned by Stephen Kay in 1995. A new clubhouse was built along with the approximately $2 million worth of course renovations. The course was significantly lengthened during the renovation; it now plays at more than 6,000 yards. The tree-lined fairways, elevated greens, and three water holes make this a favorite course of New York City golfers.
In 1897, the City of New York acquired the title to Forest Park. Brooklyn-Forest Park was kept in its natural state until 1901, during which time it was not altered. In 1901 a nine-hole golf course was constructed. The original Forest Park Golf clubhouse was built in 1902, near Myrtle Avenue at 81st Street. A comfort station was built in 1925.
The new Forest Park Clubhouse was designed by Helmle, Huberty, and Hudswell of Brooklyn in 1906. It opened in 1907. In the next few decades, many changes and improvements were made to the 110-acre golf course. The construction of the Interborough Parkway (now Jackie Robinson) going through the golf course in 1933 heavily impacted it, causing the entire 18 holes to be remodeled. The golf course was changed to its present configuration in July 1942.
By the 1960s the clubhouse became an area for illegal night-time card games and by the 1970s local youths vandalized the building regularly. It wasn’t until 1988 that the New York City Parks commissioner signed plans for the complete restoration of the golf course and golf clubhouse. In July 1992, golfers celebrated the 100th anniversary of golf in Forest Park. In 1993 a refurbishment program began, which included major course renovation and construction of a new golf clubhouse. In 1994, golf returned to its historical roots at Forest Park when the Boys’ Club of New York made it home for golfing boys and young men.
The golf course is a grassroots organization that offers programs in education, community engagement, and healthy living. They provide the opportunity for youths to learn about golf, practice their game with training programs, take advantage of their scholarship program to receive grant assistance for weekly outings at the course, attend events and partake in The First Tee Program. One of Forest Park’s goals is to spread the sport of golf and to keep it an active, healthy, and dynamic outdoor activity for all New Yorkers.
Forest Park Golf Course has hosted professional events such as The Metropolitan Open and several events for New York State’s US Open.
Currently, Forest Park Golf Course has 58 employees; the golf shop staff number 24, and the course management team consists of four full-time people. Some of their events include Tuesday Night Golf League, Men’s Day Tee Times, Women’s Day Tee Times, Junior Camps, along with other events that they host throughout the year. There is a $147 fee to play at this course.
The course offers many services such as club storage, carts for rent (including electric carts), practice areas including chipping areas, and driving nets. They also provide lessons for adults and children alike. If you are looking to purchase equipment or apparel while at this location their store provides several types of apparel and golf equipment.
The Forest Park Golf Clubhouse is the building that houses the offices on-site, including their events department. There are locker rooms for both men’s and women’s use on-site as well as seating areas where you can enjoy some refreshments or grab a bite to eat before or after your game.
The events department plays an important role at this location. If you are interested in having events such as tournaments held at the course, they would be happy to help out! This includes setting up tee times ahead of time if needed. They also offer events that do not require spending money like movie days or family events throughout the year that all ages can attend free of charge.
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