Dyker Beach Golf Course - Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
86th Street and 7th Avenue in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn (between Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst); Subway: R train to 86th Street and a fifteen minute walk to 7th Avenue; Bus: X28 and X38; Driving: Gowanus Expressway (I-278W) to Exit 19, Gatling Place where you'll make a left onto 86th St and continue to 7th Avenue.
Golf clubs (rentals available, slim pickings if you’re renting women’s clubs), $40-$80 depending on tee time and cart (no pull carts). Visit our FAQ Page for recommendations on booking a tee time.
Here's the Story:
Dyker Beach Golf Course is a public course in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. As you arrive, you’ll find a fairly nice clubhouse and golf shop. Dyker is something of a wedding factory, but presumably, you’re there to golf and not get hitched, so enter the pro shop through the side entrance. Because it has a convenient location, Dyker is a very popular course. Expect other players to be waiting—we recommend arriving 30 minutes before your round. The shop carries most things you might need, so while you wait, be sure to pick up another "moisture wicking" golf shirt. Or, warm up on the putting green (no chipping).
The general layout of Dyker is that of a traditional golf course. It measures 6,438 yards from the back tees, with four par-threes and four par-fives. The course is well maintained and a good challenge for your typical weekend NYC hacker. You’ll be tempted to cut the par-five sixth, but without your Wheaties (or roids) good luck getting it over the trees.
While on the course, the cart girl¹ not only accepts credit cards, but sells liquor for those who imbibe. As for food, we haven’t had much from inside the club—weddings typically dominate the facility, so we steer clear. If you’re starving, an outdoor grill serves hot dogs and hamburgers, but it's often closed before the end of an afternoon round.
Overall, we here at Let’s Play NYC like to frequent Dyker Beach for its convenience, prices (see FAQ page), and good condition of play. Again, don’t be surprised by large crowds. Rounds can exceed five hours, but if time's not an issue, enjoy.
**Note: The layout has changed since we started playing, as the first hole used to be the 10th. Because of this, carts can be scarce. We’ve had to wait for a cart from a group finishing on 18. We never had to deal with this issue before the change, but it's something we feel needed to be noted.
¹Sorry, ladies, we know we're not old enough to get away with writing that, but we are too stupid to think of something less chauvinistic.