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115 Van Cortlandt Park S
Bronx, NY  10463
United States
P: (718) 543-4595
F: (718) 884-4653
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Van Cortlandt Park Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

70 par | 6,096 yards | 110 slope

68.6 rating

Recommend this course: +0 -0

Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course


The 18-hole "Van Cortlandt Park" course at the Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course facility in Bronx, New York features 6,096 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70.The course rating is 68.6 and it has a slope rating of 110. Designed by Tom Bendelow/(R) William Maxwell, the Van Cortlandt Park golf course opened in 1895. Christopher Ryan manages the course as the General Manager.

Course Reviews


Nothing too special, but interesting to play on a course with so much history. Overall a short course, but some long Par 5s and 2 long Par 3s (one of them is 200 yds and the other is about 175 deceivingly uphill) Holes are spread out in clusters and the last 4 have significant elevation so get a cart if you don't think you can handle it.

In my experience, the old dude starter is good with getting people to tee off on time but after that no real sign of rangers and some slow play. considering its in NYC and subwayable, the value is great. They're pretty good with deals so check golfnyc.com or golfnow for deals.

AVOID THIS COURSE AT ALL COSTS. Had to bail on 11th hole after FOUR HOURS! Arrived at allotted tee time to find TWENTY golfers of widely ranging standard waiting to tee off. Waited 10-15 at EVERY hole. Worst golf experience I've ever had. I HOPE YOU HEED THIS AND SAVE YOURSELF THE EXPERIENCE.

Nice, but a bit hard but keep in the fairway you are good, yard markers are not there, so guess alot, all in all good course. do not do not walk you will be calling the pro shop for a cart.

For a NYC based course it is not too bad. Went last Sunday and there was definitely slow play, but not as bad as I expected - 5 hours for 18 on Sat at 9:30am – I have had longer play at Rockland.

Some of the holes are in ‘clusters’ and are a bit of a walk to each one and would recommend a cart to keep up the pace on tight weekend spots. The course over all is worth the value (specifically cost of living in NYC rates!). Some holes are a great challenge - esp the 14-18 – if you do walk, be sure you are in good health! Currently the 1/2 the greens are being aerated which makes putting uneven and ‘sputtering’ at times.

Some blogs have complained the lack of practice or a driving range but the Moshulu nine hole course is right next to Van Cortlandt on the other side of the park.

Plan on going again very soon, sign up as they seem to have specials and coupon offers.

Not gona lie, the first few holes seemed as if I was in a park, hitting balls. It didnt look like a golf course at all. Middle holes came along a little better with a nicer layout and better maintenance, but all around the greens were erratic. Some tight fairways, and for the most part a pretty short course. Overall not a too shaby, but the ridiculous slow play from the beginners/hackers would never allow me go back for round 2.

Nice time, great scenery.
Some nasty women in the group ahead of us stole my ball, because it almost hit her. I guess she forgot she was standing on a golf course. Oh well, I guess it takes all types.

Choppy greens and a very slow pace of play (maybe due to the holiday weekend). Great large trees, but alot of road noise from the nearby highway, and some distracting hecklers from the fenced off park.

First time on the course was yesterday (Father's day). The pace of play was absolutely horrible. When we arrived at the first tee, there were about 2 foursomes waiting to tee off. Spent an average of 25 minutes per hole. The lack of a driving range and putting green makes it really difficult to get a rhythm going. After realizing that I was on pace for a 8-9 hour round, I decided to call it a day. I would hope that the course moves a little faster on other days. The other public courses in the area (Pelham/split rock) and up in Westchester provide a much more enjoyable experience than VC.

VC Park is a nice, convenient course, with some interesting and challenging holes. However, the last four holes are located across the Major Deegan Expressway, isolated from the clubhouse and the rest of the course. The 16th hole in particular borders a playground and some woods behind some residential buildings. There are several holes in the fence separating the residences and the course, of which locals enter and terrorize the golfers on the 16th hole. The second to last time I played VC Park, we had to wait until about 20 youths, some on bicycles, finished traipsing along the fairway and playing in the sand bunkers before we could tee off. And most recently, two youths sprung out of the woods while we getting ready to tee off, grabbed some items from our golf cart and fled the scene. Lucky for us, my playing partner and myself are runners -- we were able to notice what was going on in time, gave chase and luckily they dropped their loot before disappearing through the fence and into the woods. Current management needs to (1) patch the holes in the fence and (2) post a ranger out there to insure the safety of their golfers, or alternatively post a sign that says that there are dangerous youths milling around and to play these holes at your own risk. Before playing this course, please inquire of management on how they can insure that you will be safe out there.

It's a shame that the greens are in such horrible condition because the course has some very interesting, challenging holes.

I played this course recently. Not a bad public course for NYC. However, some of the greens were the worst I've ever played. Some of them hardly had any grass you were basically putting on sand. I don't plan to play this course again for sometime at least not until the fix the greens.

the last three holes are awesome to play. the greens were aerated and made the putting game annoying and the course a turn off. but other then that having previously played there it is a fun course.

The oldest public golf course in the U.S.: a wonderful excursion from the hustle and bustle of NYC.

Vannie, as the native New Yorkers call it, is a beautiful, lengthy, somewhat daunting and a bit challenging golf course. The course is located a par-4's walk (though a field & some trees) from the last stop on the 1-train (for subway commuters) and just to the right of the Van Cortlandt Park on-ramp to the 87-North (Major Deagan) in the Bronx (by car). Call ahead and you will usually get an honest assessment on course conditions. Also, call ahead to find out if there is an "outing". The marriage between public and private often makes this course inaccesible to the public. During the week 4-1/2 hours should be enough to complete the round (although that can vary); weekend rounds can take up to 6 HOURS (no kidding)! Although "ambassadors" do periodically patrol for slow play, one usually will go an entire round without seeing one. Believe it or not, it is the best golf course in the city for enforcement of pace-of-play.

After the easy par-4 1st hole, which the average golfer should par, (or bogey - THERE IS NO RANGE), BEWARE: the most difficult hole on the course is next! A LONG par-5 awaits; big hitters beware: OB on the right and an extreme, tree-lined fall-off on the left adds to the difficulty on this hole. Take your par and run, (or better yet, ride), to the 3rd hole.

The 5th hole is tight and the OB fence on the left is always in play and a huge bunker in front guards the right half of the green.

Hole 6 is, for big hitters, a driveable par 4. Bunkers adorn the fairway, so playing smart with a couple of good irons can threaten a birdie on this easy hole.

Avoid OB and hidden water hazards on the left on 12. Also, just over this green is another water hazard.

The 13th par-3 hole (over some water) requires a crisp iron to this extremely undulating green. Put it on the green off the tee, for the real work is 2-putting this extremely sloping green.

A precise tee ball on 14 is required with trees on the left and a hidden water hazard by the big tree to the right of the fairway.

Now is when fatigued hoofers should quit and take the walkway directly to the club house.

Others, prepare yourself for the next, very sloping 4 holes which the natives affectionately dub "cardiac hill". Don't give it all up here. You've made it this far, now play smart.

Cardiac hill woes:
15 - A blind pond lines the fairway on the left. Leave the woods in the bag; it's just not worth going for this hill in front of this green.
16 - Keep it in the fairway. The fairway bunker on the right is not that bad a place to be if you can pick the ball out cleanly with a wedge. Leave the driver in the bag; again: not worth it.
17 - make sure to use enough club to reach this lengthy par 3 and a par may await you.
18 - Big hitters should try a 3-wood in order to be in front or on this reachable, blind par 4. Over the green is OB.

In summation, your weekday, pre-twilight round at Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course is perhaps the nicest public round of golf to be had in New York City.

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  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Fabrizio V. 22 43 21 09/19/07
2 michael T. 21 48 27 06/14/08
3 Ziad E. 25 81 56 04/07/13
4 Christopher L. 19 81 62 12/01/12
5 Adam F. 17 80 63 08/05/10
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
207 Bradley L. 31 108 77 08/02/18
68 Bradley L. 31 102 71 08/17/17
137 Kyle S. 17 92 74 08/11/17
162 chris T. 14 89 75 10/04/16
87 chris T. 12 84 72 09/07/16

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Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course

Golf Only facility

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Christopher Ryan, General Manager
Paul Sliva, Golf Professional
Peter Dirollo, Superintendent
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