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I am flying into La Guardia a week from tomorrow and am thinking about playing Van Courtlandt Park. The guy there said it shouldn't be too difficult to get off on Thursday, so hopefully that will hold true a week from today.

I have a couple questions for anyone from NYC that's been there:

1) How far away is the course from the subway station (1)? Is it really within walking distance carrying a bag?

2) Will the MTA let you take your bag on the subway? My wife wants to go shopping in NYC, so I think I can get her to drop me off at a 1-line station and ride the train to/from the course while she racks up some frequent flyer mileage on my credit card.

3) Is the course something special outside of being the country's first public course, or is it a dog track?
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Its a dog track. As are most of the courses operated by American golf. I played there every now and then when i lived in Brooklyn. I dont know the commute from the subway but toting your clubs should be a problem. Ive seen people shove furniture on the subway.

The course has its challenges, some of the holes are pretty tight. But at your skill level its not going to pose that much of a problem. You wont have to work the ball much, as many of the approaches are pretty open and they never tuck pins there. The last 4 holes are the best on the course, but they are cut off by a highway and it can be a long walk, so a cart might be in order. Pace of play is horrid, so get ready for a 5 hour round, at the minimum. My honest opinon is that i wouldnt recommend playing there, its not worth it.

I dont know the bronx that well, but your best bet for some qaulity golf is probably long island. Dyker beach in brooklyn is a decent little course but it also often clogged by slow play.
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People move from one apartment to another using the subway. It never stops amazing me the things people bring on the subway.

Use this program to map out your subway ride and walk to Van Cortlandt Park.

http://www.hopstop.com/

Van Cortlandt is much better than it used to be and you'll be able to say you played a round of golf in a city park.
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To the best of my knowledge, AGC no longer owns Vannie, and hasn't for about two years. Three years ago, a 4 millions dollar drainage renovation was conducted, and the course has been pretty good for a local muny ever since. The course is short, save for two 600+ yard par fives and a 220 yard par 3. This summer I've played it about 8 times, and the greens were very good. Not a ton of bunkers, water in play on maybe three holes. It's the oldest public course in America, and the locker room scene in Wall Street was shot there. It's a ten to fifteen minute walk from the 241st Street station of the 1 train, but I do NOT recommend walking the course overall. The highways that bisect the course have cut up the 18 holes into four distinct sections, and the last four holes can be brutal if you're carrying your own bag.

E-mail me if you need any directions or advice, I've played all the Bronx / lower Westchester courses this year. Have a good trip!
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