Archive for February, 2010

Ferry Point Park Development : New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Ferry Point Park Golf Course is located adjacent to the East River beneath the historic Whitestone Bridge. A truly unique site with fantastic views of Manhattan, the property will be transformed into a new tournament quality link-style signature golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The 7,200 yard layout provides two “returning nines” that meander through […]

Ball is finally on the green for Bronx’s PGA golf course

Here’s a write up from today’s Daily News…

By Bill Egbert

The long drive to build a PGA-level golf course in the Bronx may be heading to the 18th hole.

With the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course finally taking shape at Ferry Point, the city is now looking for a contractor to operate the facility, according to a contract published in the City Record.

The long-awaited links, where construction began in 1998, are expected to open in 2011 – a decade later than the original developer promised.

“The adage ‘Good things come to those who wait’ is certainly true in this case,” said City Councilman James Vacca (D-East Bronx), who has been pushing for a golf course at the former city dump since 1977.

“After years of unimaginable indecision and then intolerable delays, we are now in the final stretch,” Vacca said. “Those of us have been teed off many times may soon be teeing off!”

The original developer of the golf course, Pierre Gagne’s Ferry Point Partners, spent years dumping dirt and construction debris at the site, constantly changing the design in ways that always seemed to demand even more fill.

The group ultimately spent eight years dumping 2 million cubic yards of fill at the site just east of the Whitestone Bridge – creating not the promised links-style golf course, but a huge mound of dirt that locals dubbed “Mount Gagne.”

The city finally dumped Gagne from the project in 2006 – after paying him a $7 million termination fee – just months after a Daily News investigation exposed mob-connected firms that were profiting from dumping construction debris at the former landfill.

Rather than take chances trying to find a new developer, Mayor Bloomberg had the Parks Department take over the project, resolving to finish the long-promised golf course at city expense.

The city hired a Florida firm, Sanford Golf Design, to finish the course, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2011 at a total cost of $70 million.

The Parks Department has issued a request for offers for the operation and maintenance of the 18-hole course, driving range and other facilities. Bids are due by March 30.

The Parks Department will have final approval on greens fees and will seek a fee structure affordable to local residents, but the details will be subject to negotiation with the winning bidder, according to the agency.

Dream 18 holes in Long Island 2009 – Front Nine

Here’s a the first in a two part series… Golfer Magazine has put together the Long Island Dream 18. Without further ado, here’s the front nine…

Let’s say you could wake up early on a blue-sky morning, grab your clubs, walk outside, step into a waiting helicopter, and fly to 18 of the most beautiful and most challenging holes on Long Island. Even better: None of the holes is on the same golf course, which is why you’d need the helicopter. Now that would be a dream round, wouldn’t it?
If you win the lottery you could probably do it. And if that opportunity ever comes, you’re in luck, because here are the holes you should play. But if that opportunity doesn’t come, that’s okay too—you can think about these holes as you lay in bed, and play this year’s Dream 18 in your sleep.

Great Rock GC

The length of this starting hole isn’t scary, but the hazards are: a lake in front of the tee box plus bunkers at the corner of this dogleg-right fairway. If you can’t fly it 240, then play left to set up a second shot towards bunkers set at the 100-yard marker. Fly those bunkers for a short pitch into the green, or lay up to a full wedge. The left side of the fairway leaves a tough approach—the green is narrow from that angle, and well bunkered. Play it deep into the green and you’ll face a hard slope back to front.

Pine Ridge GC

All you need here is a 270-yard tee ball between towering pines. If you can’t do that, you’ll have lots of work left. This dogleg-right hole will have to be an up-and-down par attempt unless you can stripe a long approach across the marshland creeping in on the right, just short of the front bunker. Even with a lay-up, the green is protected against your wedge: there’s water long and right, while bunkers sit short and left. The green is 50 paces deep, so three putts are definitely possible.

Meadow Brook Club

This hole doesn’t seem long, because you can see the pin from the tee. But with two bunkers on the left to guard against aggressive tee shots, plus a bunker at 225 yards on the right to catch conservative shots, straight trumps length. And the approach is no picnic; it’s a slightly downhill lie to an uphill green. The green has two bunkers right and one left, but a generous opening in front to run the ball up. The green is so large that a shot to the wrong side could leave a 50-foot putt, over a small ridge right in the center.

National GL of America

Even without the great water view behind the green, this hole is a classic: It’s the first “redan” hole built in America (1909). In that fashion, the green slopes right to left, and players can’t see most of the putting surface from the tee. The false front repels low running shots, so fly the ball to the green. But there’s often a one- to two-club headwind, plus severe bunkering guarding the left side and waste bunkers long. The only bailout is short right, leaving a delicate pitch.

Bethpage Black

The only good news here: a downhill drive. But to have any chance to reach the green in regulation, the tee ball must fly the right-side bunker at 245 yards. Otherwise, aim left but prepare to lay up from there—the trees and high fescue on the left side cut you off from the uphill green. And no matter where you are, you must fly the approach all the way to the green, or deal with carpet-thick rough plus a few bunkers. An overcooked approach leaves a speedy downhill chip. Even the pros walk away grumbling.

Harbor Links GC

A classic risk-reward hole with great views of the rest of the course, this one offers a split fairway. The right fork is narrower and slopes towards hilly rough separating the fairways, but hitting this top tier gives you a chance to get home in two. The lower tier is easier to hit, but the hole runs uphill from there and requires three shots. Any short approach shot is trouble; the hill fronting the green is deep rough, with a bunker left. The green slopes hard from back to front.

Engineers CC

Site of the 1919 PGA Championship, Engineers tempts big hitters with this treeless hole. But with bunkers and fescue both left and right in the driving area, ripping it through that bottleneck is an iffy proposition. Bunkers ring the green, while the front is open but elevated; running the ball onto the green from the tee is a tall order. Players usually face a 60-yard shot into a green sloped hard back to front. If the approach is even a little short, the ball will come right back to your feet.

Deepdale Golf Club

An uphill dogleg left, this hole has bunkers and fescue on the left corner to prevent you from stealing too much distance. Besides, the fairway slopes left to right, so just play it about 240 yards and then launch a hybrid or long iron up the hill to the green. Hit it nearly pin high and you’re okay; hit it short and the false front runs the ball back 40 yards; hit it long and you’re chipping back down the slope; hit it left and you have a bunker shot that runs away from you.

Hamlet Willow Creek G&CC

Besides the length and the slightly uphill fairway, there’s also water right and bunkers left off the tee. The second shot also brings water into play down both sides. The hole is uphill most of the way, and even well-struck second shots risk catching the right-side bunker at 100 yards out. So lay up short of the bunker, then hit a wedge onto the correct tier of the green—there’s three of them—to have a chance at par.

1010WINS.com – 10 LI Parks May Close By Summer

First reported by Newsday…1010WINS reports that 10 Long Island Parks May Close By Summer. While none of these parks contain golf, you’ll likely see higher greens fees due to the budget crunch.

Here’s the 1010WINS report…

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — As many as 10 state parks on Long Island may be closed by the summer to make up for a proposed $29 million budget cut, according to a published report.

Newsday reports the state might also raise admission fees by 25 percent for venues such as Jones Beach.

A spokeswoman for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation declined to confirm the proposed list of closures but did confirm they are considering some fee increases including ocean beach admission and golf fees statewide.

According to parks statistics, more than 2 million people visited the 10 parks last year.

LI Press – Best Public Golf on Long Island

LongIslandPress.com did a ‘Best of’… here’s the second of two golf related categories. Find the best driving ranges here or a full list of practice range here. There’s nothing like a Sunday on the golf course on Long Island. So what are you waiting for? Pack up your clubs. Long Island Voted Bethpage State Park […]

LI Press – Best Driving Range on Long Island

LongIslandPress.com did a ‘Best of’… here’s the first of two golf related categories.

Long Islanders Voted Farmingdale Golf Center at Skydrive in Farmingdale the best Driving Range on Long Island!

Farmingdale Golf Center at Skydrive

1024 Broad Hollow Rd.

Farmingdale

631-694-4666

2nd Place – Heartland Golf Park – 1200 Long Island Ave., Edgewood. 631-667-7400. www.heartlandgolfpark.com

3rd Place – Bethpage State Park Golf Course – 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale. 516-249-0700. www.nysparks.com/parks/108/details.aspx

LIU Men’s Golf Picked Fifth in NEC Preseason Poll

Senior Owen Rigg and the Blackbirds were picked fifth in the NEC

2/2/2010 4:45:50 PM

Brooklyn, N.Y. – The Long Island University men’s golf team was selected to finish fifth at the Northeast Conference Championship in a poll of the leagues coaches. Defending champion Sacred Heart was picked to take the conference crown with eight first-place votes.

LIU returns junior Rocky Co and senior Owen Rigg astheir top two players from a year ago. Co has finished in the top-12 in the NEC Championship each of the past two years including a tie for fifth place showing in 2008. Rigg has been a steady force for the Blackbirds over the past two seasons, improving upon his scoring average each year and posting an 18-hole average of 79 this fall.

Newcomers sophomore Segeun Choi, Ryan Lee and Josh Waters all contributed in the fall season and all showed the potential to contend in the NEC. Choi led the Blackbird rookies with a scoring average of 80.11 in the fall including rounds of 76 and 77 at the

UConn Connecticut Cup. Lee carded his best rounds of the fall at the St. Bonaventure Invitational with rounds of 81-80. Waters showed he can go low as evidenced by his final round 73 at the Rutgers Invitational.

Central Connecticut was pegged second with two first-place votes while Robert Morris and Monmouth rounded out the top four. Saint Francis (Pa.) was slotted in sixth followed by Fairleigh Dickinson, Mount St. Mary’s, Wagner and St. Francis (N.Y.)

Long Island opens the spring season by hosting the Lonnie Barton Invitational in Savannah, Ga. on March 8-9. The 2010 NEC Championships will be held at ChampionsGate Golf Club in ChampionsGate, FL from May 2-3. Team scores will be compiled by adding the team’s four lowest scores from each day. The top-10 finishers will be designated all-NEC performers.

via Long Island University Athletics – Men’s Golf Picked Fifth in NEC Preseason Poll.

LIU Women’s Golf Tabbed Third in NEC Preseason Poll

Women’s Golf Tabbed Third in NEC Preseason Poll

Julia Rappa and the Blackbirds open their season at the Lonnie Barton Invitational

Brooklyn, N.Y. – In a poll of the league’s coaches, the Long Island University women’s golf team was selected to finish third in the 2010 Northeast Conference Championship. The Blackbirds will look to improve upon their second place finish in last season’s conference championship.

Led by senior captain and defending Northeast Conference Golfer of the Year Natalie Desjardins, LIU returns two all-conference performers from a year ago. Desjardins, the holder of eight career individual titles, finished second last season in the NEC Championship including a tournament-low 71 in the final round. Sophomore Anna Palsson took fifth last season after sporting rounds of 80-75-77.

Junior transfer Andrea Staudacher quickly developed into one of LIU’s top players in the fall with an 83.8 scoring average including a 77 at the Rutgers Women’s Invitational. Sophomore Julia Rappa has shaved five strokes off her scoring average from a year ago, lowering her 18-hole average to 87.75 this fall. Freshman Linnea Jonsson finished the fall campaign strong with a final round 79 at the Spider Invitational.

Long Island opens the season by hosting the Lonnie Barton Invitational in Savannah, Ga. The 2010 NEC Championships will be held at ChampionsGate Golf Club in ChampionsGate, FL from April 23-25. Team scores will be compiled by adding the team’s four lowest scores from each day. The top-10 finishers will be designated all-NEC performers.