Worst Place for Golf: NYC
I was in New York City over the weekend for the 30th birthday one of my brothers. He lives on the Upper West Side in a very nice neighborhood. In his apartment sit his golf clubs. And sit... And sit...
When people talk about golf in the New York metro area, they gush over the possibilities. You've heard of many of the big ones near town: Wykagl, Winged Foot, Fenway, Quaker Ridge, Baltustrol, etc. Then, there are the biggies on Long Island such as The National Golf Club of America, Shinnecock, Maidstone, Piping Rock, The Creek Club, Garden City Golf Club, and the like. However, if you're not a member at these clubs, you're stuck. Especially if you actually live in the city.
Getting out of the city to play decent public golf in New York or New Jersey takes a tremendous amount of effort and time. When you commit to playing, you must commit your entire day to the outing. Everywhere else in America, you can easily play public golf without using up more than five hours. The hassle of getting out of the city, whether it be in a car (should you be so lucky to have one) or on public transportation, makes getting up the energy to play extremely daunting.
There are plenty of good public courses in the New York Metro area. It's too bad that many would-be avid golfers only play them on occasion. Maybe there's a business opportunity here; a catered golf shuttle that groups can book to make their long, arduous journeys from The World's Worst Place for Golf more enjoyable. Only then could New York shed this unfavorable title.