Guide to Golf Courses in Queens, New York

Forest Park Golf Course in New York.

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Golf in Queens has grown in popularity since four local golf courses were refurbished in the early 2000s. Forest Park, Clearview Park, Douglaston, and Kissena Park are all public golf courses owned by New York City and managed by the American Golf Corporation.

There is also a driving range in Alley Pond Park (Douglaston), a pitch-and-putt course at Breezy Point, and a pitch-and-putt plus mini-golf in Flushing Meadows Park.

Forest Park Golf Course

The Forest Park Golf Course is on the western edge of Forest Park, just off the Jackie Robinson Parkway. The 18-hole, 6,053-yard course is considered one of the best golf courses in New York City.

  • Par: 70
  • Open: Year-round, dawn to dusk
  • Tee times: Book tee times online

Address:
101 Forest Park Drive
Woodhaven, New York 11421

By Car: Take the Jackie Robinson Parkway to exit 4, which is Forest Park Drive.

By Subway:

  • Take the J train to Forest Park, and walk north on Forest Parkway. It's a half-mile to course.
  • Take the R or G train to Woodhaven Boulevard, board the Q29 bus to Myrtle Avenue, and walk south a half-mile on Forest Park Drive to the course.

By Bus:

  • Take the B56 bus to Forest Parkway, and walk a half-mile north to the course.
  • Take the B55 bus to 79th St, and walk south a half-mile on Forest Park Drive to the course.

Clearview Park Golf Course

The Clearview Park Golf Course is mostly flat with straight fairways. It's a great location and is just south of the Throgs Neck Bridge. The 18-hole, 6,328-yard par-70 course is one of the busiest courses on the east coast.

  • Par: 70
  • Open: Year-round, dawn to dusk

Address:
202-12 Willets Point Boulevard
Bayside, New York 11360

By Car:

  • Take Clearview Expressway to exit 7, which is Willets Point Boulevard. Turn left onto Willet Point Boulevard and left into the parking lot.
  • Take Cross Island (south) to exit 33, and turn right into the parking lot.
  • Take Cross Island (north) to exit 32, and turn left under the highway. Turn right on Bell/Willets Point, and continue under Clearview. Turn left into the parking lot.
  • Parking: There's a small free lot at the course (closer to Willets Point Boulevard). There's a larger lot that charges, but there's free street parking on 202nd Street.

    By Subway: Take the 7 train to Main St and then the Q16 bus to the course.

    By Train: Take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Bayside. Board the Q13 bus, and the Q16 bus to course.

    By Bus: Take the Q16.

    Douglaston Golf Course

    A par-67 course, the Douglaston Golf Course has five challenging 3-par holes. It's located in eastern Queens, right where the Cross Island, Long Island Expressway (LIE), and Grand Central converge. Formerly the North Hills Country Club, the Douglaston Golf Course is on the highest ground in Queens, giving views of the Manhattan skyline on a clear day. The course was renovated in 2004.

    • Par: 67
    • Open: Year-round, dawn to dusk
    • Tee times: Book tee times online

    Address:
    6320 Marathon Parkway
    Douglaston, New York 11363

    By Car:

    • Take Grand Central Parkway to exit 24, which is Little Neck Parkway, and go north. Turn left on 61st Avenue. Turn left on Marathon Parkway and bear right at the fork. The parking lot is on the immediate right.
    • Take the LIE to exit 32, which is Little Neck Parkway. Go westbound on the LIE access road (Horace Harding), and turn left onto Marathon Parkway. Bear right at the fork. The parking lot is on the immediate right.
    • Parking: There is parking available at the golf course.

    By Bus: Take the Q30.

    Kissena Golf Course

    The Kissena Golf Course is on the eastern side of Kissena Park. The short, hilly course is good for beginners and intermediate golfers.

    • Par: 64
    • Open: Year-round, dawn to dusk
    • Tee times: Book tee times online

    Address:
    164-15 Booth Memorial Avenue
    Flushing, New York 11365

    By Car: Take the LIE to Utopia Parkway and get off at exit 25. From Horace Harding access road, turn north on Utopia. Turn left on Booth Memorial Avenue, and continue one-and-a-half blocks. The golf course parking lot is on right.

    Parking: There is parking in a small lot for a fee, but there is free street parking on Booth Memorial.

    By Bus: Take the Q65 bus, which connects to 7 subway at Main Street.

    Alley Pond Golf Center

    The driving range and mini-golf at Alley Pond Golf Center are at the base of Little Neck Bay, right off of Northern Boulevard. The driving range is very popular, and you'll want to arrive early to avoid a wait on the weekends. The mini-golf course is a good course, though it lacks the cartoony "windmills" and such of many mini-golf courses.

    Address:
    232-01 Northern Boulevard
    Douglaston, New York 11362

    • Car: Take Cross Island to the Northern Boulevard exit, and go east.
    • Parking: There is a free lot at the driving range.
    • Train: Take the LIRR to Douglaston. Walk south on 235th Street, and turn right on Northern Boulevard.
    • By Bus: Take the Q12.

    Flushing Meadows Golf Center

    Flushing Meadows has a par-3 pitch and putt golf course and an 18-hole miniature golf course. Both courses are fully lighted for night play. The par-3 course is the only one in New York City that is lighted.

    Address:
    100 Flushing Meadows Park
    Flushing, New York 11368

    • Car: Take College Point Boulevard, and go right into the park. Turn right and continue to the pitch and putt.
    • Subway: Take 7 to Willets Point/Shea Stadium and the LIRR to Willets Point. Walk south to the park and continue to the left to the pitch and putt.
    • Bus: Take the Q48 to Roosevelt Avenue, and walk south into the park.

    Breezy Point, Jacob Riis Park

    Jacob Riis Park, Breezy Point in the Rockaways, has a good 18-hole, par-3 pitch and putt course. It's open all day, seven days a week.

    Address:
    155th Street
    Rockaway Park, New York 11694

    • Car: Take Beach Channel Drive or Flatbush Avenue to Jacob Riis Park. Follow the signs to Jacob Riis parking, and take the first left to the parking lot. Go toward the smokestack, and park and walk toward the promenade. Turn right and continue past the bathrooms. The golf course is on right.
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