SILVER LAKE GOLF COURSE - SILVER LAKE, STATEN ISLAND
915 Victory Boulevard in Staten Island. Public transit: Take the Staten Island Ferry to the S61, S62, S66, S91, or S92. Driving: Take I-278W to Clove Road and then Victory Boulevard, parking is free. We do not recommend taking the subway.
Golf clubs; no rentals; $30-$80, proper dress attire (The starter teased Bruce for wearing a t-shirt. Remember, this is Staten Island; they bust your chops for fun.)
Here's the Story:
If you're going to play golf in New York City, don't forget about Staten Island. Silver Lake Golf Course, the self-titled "working man's country club," is an 18-hole par-70 public golf course that spans over 6,200 yards (from the back tees) with two par-fives and four par-threes. We found Silver Lake to be in very good shape with well managed greens. According to the staff, they spend twice as much on course maintenance than any other course in the city.
As you arrive, you’ll see a nice clubhouse and event facility, so be quiet, people might be getting married. You’ll also notice the pro shop is in a separate building next door. Back inside the clubhouse, they have a spacious bar and restaurant. From there, you can go out to the patio which overlooks an outdoor grill, the first tee, and a practice green (chipping allowed). Unfortunately, there’s no driving range.
On to the course: Silver Lake has quite a few uphill and downhill tee-offs. Because of this, the back tees play significantly different than the front and middle tees. As we mentioned, this course is very well-maintained, so the various dog legs and water hazards make this course both striking and challenging. Beware of breaks--when we played, the greens were in great shape and played fast with lots of slope.
The cart girl only accepts cash and carries a small variety of beer and snacks. We didn’t eat at Silver Lake, but there are plenty of food options inside and out.
Playing Silver Lake was the first time any of us had set foot on Staten Island and some of us have lived here forever. While none of us broke a hundred on the scorecard, we found the course to be very fun. And, you get the full Staten Island treatment: local micro-brews, ball busting, and gambling. True story: the staff placed bets on a certain LPNYCer’s weight. When the number was given, the two staffers settled their bet on the spot.