Pelham Bay & Split Rock Golf Courses - Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

 

Where:
870 Shore Road in Pelham Bay Park in Bronx, NY; Public transit: 6 train to the Pelham stop, then the B29 bus and a 20 minute walk. Driving: car is best way to get there.

Essentials:
$35-$60; Club rentals available for $35; bug repellant for the mosquitoes. We recommend a cart, especially when playing Split Rock as it is a good walk from the clubhouse.

Here's the Story:
Pelham Bay and Split Rock are two separate courses that share the same clubhouse. They are located in Pelham Bay Park¹ in Bronx. The greens are in good shape and lots of unique holes line both courses.

Split Rock is the longer and tougher of the two courses. It is a par-71, 18-hole course measuring 6,682 yards from the back tees. The course calls holes five through eight their “Famous Amen Corner.” The course considers the seventh hole its toughest. It’s a 447-yard par-four where par is, in their words, “something to be proud of.”

If the undulating greens, tree lined fairways, and blind tee shots don’t get you, the mosquitoes certainly will. This course ate us alive...literally. Split Rock is tough, with fun and interesting holes. Next time we play there it will be after mosquito season.

Pelham Bay is the easier of the two courses but is still very challenging. It is a par-71, 18-hole course spanning 6,480 yards from the back tees. The back nine is loaded with unique holes. It boasts three par-fives and four par-threes. Pelham is in front of the clubhouse which is a bonus. More importantly, it didn't seem to have the mosquito problem that Split Rock had.

The pro shop at Pelham/Split Rock has everything you might need A very nice clubhouse with pillars lining the front of the facade gives it a grandiose feel. While we didn't try the food, there was a really nice bar/restaurant inside. Also, they have an outdoor patio for weddings and special events.

You will definitely need to drive to these courses because public transit isn’t really a viable option. If you get there early you can stop by Turtle Cove driving range just down the street to warm up with a bucket of balls.

You might want to have cash. The cart girl has lots of booze on hand, but doesn't take credit card, neither does the concession stand at Split Rock.

¹ Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York City. It is more than three times the size of Central Park.