Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course

3.6725705882 3.7 stars from 5 (219)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6002 yards
  • Slope: 119
  • Rating: 68.5
  • Layout

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Year built: 1895
Architect(s): Stephen Kay (2008), Tom Bendelow (1898)
Type: Municipal

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 70 6002 yards 68.5 119
Back (W) 70 6002 yards 73.7 121
Middle 70 5558 yards 66.7 117
Middle (W) 70 5558 yards 71.2 121
Front (W) 70 4799 yards 66.6 115

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 219 Reviews
5 stars:
27
4 stars:
96
3 stars:
63
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
22

recommend this course

174 out of 217 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals walkers beginners   Challenges include elevation changes narrow fairways thick rough   Great for drinks  

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"Very slow play on Friday afternoons."


elandry's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2019
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This is the second Friday afternoon that I've played at Vanny. The 18 holes took 5+ hours each time. It's a great layout and well maintained course, but too many player don't know how to keep pace with the group in front of them. And, there are no rangers visible.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great weather"


tbone8856's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2019
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Even though it was a great day, the pace was good. The greens were in good shape but the fairways needed work


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


mwen001's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
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Nice layout! A lot of trees and interesting holes! Plays like Webtworth!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course. Slow play."


elandry's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2019
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The course is in great shape. They need more rangers to help speed up play. I only saw one ranger, and that wasn’t until the 14th hole.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



dirtdogs15's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2019
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Historical course but very slow and monotonous"


DREENIZ's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2019
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Easy to get to by train from Manhattan and the walk to the course is scenic.

It’s an old school course so it’s pretty much the same setup all along. Very long holes but not much variety.

It is worth doing it once.

The only drawback is the extremely slow pace of play.

There’s a nice putting green at the start to practice while you wait for your turn. It takes a while and all carts are queuing for their turn and all day following each other. It took us 5:30 to finish 18 holes on a Saturday starting at noon.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Paul4427168's avatar
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Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2019
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



max1964's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2019
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2019
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Very enjoyable round"


asylum92's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2019
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Played on a really nice day, first in nearly 6 weeks of poor weather. Course was crowded but moved along just fine. Tees are in poor shape as they have been all winter. Fairways were a little wet from he recently melted snow, but the greens were rolling very well..


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"May in early February"


adackjack's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2019
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Course was in as good a shape as possible on a February 5 after single digit temps just days before. Pleasure to play, even though it was soggy due to time of year. Apparently it is the NYC course choice, because my brother in law played Pelham Bay and it was much less crowded.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



dooakim's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2019
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



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Age:  65+
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u530006027's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2018
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Pace of play was outstanding. Finished in 2:30. The course was pretty empty but having a round like that is always nice. The course was in very good shape for late December


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Winter Muni"


trek3129's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2018
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when all other courses are closed around NY this course is always open if no snow. a great mostly flat open layout with some challenging shot spots.Highly recommend going because you will go back after.oldest muni in the US.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Must Play Muni"


trek3129's avatar
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Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/09/2018
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As far as winter golf goes in NY, this course always open unless snow. Good overall layout, can be walked as flat but some long stretches between a few holes and one uphill climb.i highly recommend it and you will come back. Easy off from highway also.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Muni"


trek3129's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2018
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Good course to play anytime, easy access in the Bronx. Open all winter if weather permitting. good value for money also, Open layout and well kept. Highly recommend.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"inconsistent greens"


mlee77nyc's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2018
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I play at this course from time to time. I have to say there were some positives. First the pace of play got better. I think this in part is playing at earlier in the morning, and the staff are pretty friendly. The starter is a good guy, though he was bit frustrated with rangers. I think this course has potential, and it has history.

Some negatives were the green and tee box. I get we are at tail end of the season, but if greens were being aerated, it would have been nice to be notified or adjust the price accordingly. Definitely could use more work as greens are bit slower and not consistent.

But it is NYC muni course so I had my expectation set appropriately. Long par 3 and par 5 for those on back tee, but definitely playable. Take advantage of short par 4s.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Love the 16th hole"


chavezrjn's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2018
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I don't get to play this course enough, but I always enjoy it when I come back to play. This weekend we had a good foursome. Some where here for the first time and they loved the course. The back nine is my favorite some holes gives an upstate feeling.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"16 people at the first hole"


u284497663's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2018
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Nothing like a 6 hour and 15 minute round on a Saturday. Should have known we were in for a rough day when there were 16 people (not including our four) at the first tee box with no starter to be found. It was the wild Wild West. Absolute chaos. When the starter finally arrived he allowed three groups with later tee times to go ahead of us and others with earlier tee times. When I asked why he was doing that, he got arrogant and asked for a logical solution to the problem that I had. Last I checked, checking tee times and receipts didn’t seem to be something that required logical brainstorming. There was one ranger for the whole course and average time waiting at each tee box was 19 minutes. By noon, the ranger had said that 240 people had already gone through the course. Just about double the normal reservations. Poor outing.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



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