Sunday, November 25, 2012

Marine Park Golf Course Review

The 9th Hole at Marine Park Golf Course

Yardage: 6,866 yards (Back Tees)
Par: 72

Course Rating: 72.2/123
Open to the public: Yes
Green Fees: From $22-$46
Phone: 718.252.4625

Driving range: Yes
Restaurant: Yes

The Marine Park Golf Course situated in southern Brooklyn is quickly becoming one of my favorite public New York City (NYC) Metro Golf Courses for many reasons. Located on Jamaica Bay, the Marine Park Golf Course offers a challenge for golfers at varying skill levels. The course offers nice and wide fairways with little trouble off the tee and as a result, driving accuracy is not a major contributing factor to low scores. This allows the track to be enjoyed by the recreational golfer who need not be fearful of losing golf ball after golf ball and keeps the pace of play of the course to a comfortable level. However, let me not lead you into a false sense of security by saying this course is easy. Like many links style courses, the strong winds coming off the bay, the long yardages of many of the holes especially off the back tees, and the heavily undulating greens are still going to challenge you to make a reasonably good score.

It can be clearly seen that a lot of financial and emotional investment has been thrown into the course over the last six months and this enthusiasm is now slowly paying off. Over the winter 2012, the course was under a great deal of construction to build large mounds alongside many of the fairways and repairs to some of the tee boxes. Some of these modifications are still in the works, but do not have an impact to the current playability of the course. Once completed and the fescue has fully grown on these mounds, then some of the holes will become a little bit tighter than the ones we enjoy today which will add positively to the courses design. The operators of the club have a 2-3 year plan to continue to work on the course design, maintenance and numerous facility ideas to make Marine Park the “Go-To” course for the NYC Golfer.

The greens are certainly one aspect of the course that do not need changing. They are in immaculate condition and in my honest opinion are the nicest, smoothest running greens I have seen in the local area both on Private and Publically owned courses. They are fast too! To score well you need to make sure you are below the hole for birdie chances otherwise, you will find yourself 3-putting more times than not! The staff of Marine Park are very proud of their greens, and they have every right to be!
Marine Park's Iron Only Range
Marine Park boasts a great practice area. Their Putting Greens and Chipping Greens are well worth visiting before a round so you can be accustomed to the speed and read of greens before heading out. Although the operators are aware that the bunkers are in need of repair on many of the holes and they are on the list of future projects then the practice bunker is also worth a visit to hone in on your feel escaping the sandy/soil hazards out on the course. The practice range is also very well-manicured, but unfortunately due to a lack of distance it is an irons-only facility. I very much hope that there is a future plan to extend the range, as the driver is your main club for most of the holes on this lengthy course.
A TrackMan Driving Lesson
As well as the usual golf clinics, private golf lessons and a junior academy, Marine Park is also now equipped with the latest technology in golf swing and ball fight analysis… TrackMan. TrackMan has been made popular and seen through the Golf Channel TV coverage that use the technology to show the PGA professionals ball flight on screen. The mechanics of TrackMan have been adopted from the US Department of Defense Missile technology. TrackMan will identify your golf patterns so you will understand what happens in your unique golf swing. Real-time assessment/feedback will assist with your ball going longer, higher and further with each club.

To summarize then, Marine Park Golf Course is fast becoming a fantastic NYC Golf facility. At my last visit the staff were incredibly friendly and accommodated our every want and whim. Throughout the round, it was great to see numerous player ‘s assistants surveying the course to ensure a great pace of play. We managed to complete our round in less than 4.5 hours on a Saturday which is unheard of for a city course. The course is slowly but surely improving, and considering the state of this course a few years ago and where it is now, then I am excited to see where it will be in the future. I will definitely be keeping a close eye on the progress and will be playing this course often in the meantime. With all this said then, I hope you see why this is one of my favorite NYC city owned golf courses…As always, you can book all your tee times through EatSleepGolf-GolfNow Online Tee Time Booking system.

Marine Parks Golf Courses officially website can be found here.

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