Mosholu Golf Course - Riverdale, Bronx

 

Where:
3545 Jerome Avenue in Bronx, inside Van Cortlandt Park. Subway: 4 train to Woodlawn, the last stop in Bronx, from there it is a 5-10 minute walk to the clubhouse.  They do have a parking lot if you prefer driving.  However you will have to pay a parking fee of $3.75.

Essentials:
Collared shirt; $35-50; Two hours to play nine, but the course offers a better value if you want to play the course twice.

Here's the Story:
A great course for children¹ ages 2 to 137 (purported age of Joe Louis when he was knocked out by Rocky Marciano) and easily accessible by subway, Mosholu (MOSH-uh-loo) Golf Course is a nine-hole, par-32 golf course and school in Bronx. The greens are in good condition and the bunkers are superb. There are four par-three's, five par-four's, and zero par-five's. The longest hole, the par-four sixth, checks in at 398 yards. The shortest, the par-three second, is 103 yards and downhill, which means a miss-hit tee shot can tumble toward the hole resulting in a birdie putt. Downhill tee-offs are a recurring feature, as are blind second shots and dog legs, which make this course fun to play.

Among other nice amenities, you'll find a putting green, driving range, and chipping area where you can warm up before hitting the course. If you see kids practicing with instructors on the putting and chipping greens, you're SOL. Just remember, they weren't put there for grown-ups to begin with.

It's also important to note there are no alcoholic beverages available in the clubhouse and no drink or food cart on the course. Remember Mosholu is for "the kids." You will find food in the clubhouse and it's fantastic. If you're lucky, manning the kitchen at Mosholu will be Brent, maker of the finest breakfast sandwiches in New York City and chef at local catering company BQEats NYC.

¹ Like elevated tee boxes, everything about this course caters to kids and remedial LPNYC golfers. Mosholu Golf Course partners with The First Tee, "a nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf."