SOUTH SHORE Golf Course - SOUTH SHORE, sTATEN island

 

Where:
200 Huguenot Avenue in Staten Island; Public Transit: Take the Staten Island Ferry to the S74, or the S79 from Brooklyn, or…honestly, just drive. Driving: BQE (278) to 440 on Staten Island, get off at Arthur Kill Rd, to Huguenot Ave.

Essentials:
$30-$80 (includes cart) depending on tee time, club rentals available, allergy medicine, your own cart (kidding, more on this later), extra clubs for throwing.

Here’s the Story:
The southernmost of the three Staten Island public courses, South Shore is a well maintained and interesting course to play, assuming you can get there. If you have a car, or don’t mind renting one, it’s about 40 minutes from Manhattan. Set in a wooded residential area, it has the feel of a suburban course, with nicely groomed grounds, plenty of parking, and a decently stocked clubhouse with food and beverages.

The par 72, 6,370 yard course has typical NYC length and challenging holes. There are several short par-fours under 350 yards, but doglegs and blind tee and approach shots make this course feel longer than it is. There are two par-fives over 500 yards, where you can grip it and rip it, or snap it and hook it, depending on your game. The course is in good shape from tee to green, and includes newly installed water fountains at many of the holes.

The one blip on this otherwise lovely course was the state of the golf carts. Cosmetically, they’ve certainly seen better days. Mechanically, they seem to really be on their last legs. One of the two carts in our group drove at a comically slow pace while making a noise that suggested the engine was drowning. We heard another cart on the course back-fire several times, and we saw a third being towed across the course to what we hoped was some sort of golf cart crematory. These issues clearly hurt the courses inventory of carts. By the time we finished in the afternoon, people headed out were waiting for carts to be returned.

While this isn't uncommon for any golf course,  the trees lining the South Shores fairways seem to be especially bursting with pollen. So if you’re one of those allergy sufferers who react to pollen like the actors in a Flonase commercial (where everything is all hazy and you’re totally out of commission), avoid this course during high pollen days.

Notes:
No beverage cart. Honestly, why not have a beverage cart? It doesn’t make any sense.

Also, be aware of people throwing clubs. It’s not something anyone should ever do, but apparently some people just can’t temper their frustrations over what’s supposed to be a fun game of golf. I mean the nerve of some people.