Breezy Point Executive Golf Course - also known as Riis Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course is a , par 3 course with holes ranging from 40-150 yards. The longest hole on the course is 150 yards. The fairways are wide open. The course plays to a total distance of 1696 yards. There is only one set of tee boxes.
Breezy Point Executive Golf Course is part of the 26,000-acre Gateway National Park. Dubbed "The People's Beach," Jacob Riis Park -- part of Gateway National Recreation Area -- is a popular summer destination steeped in history.
Opened in 1932, the beach's beautiful Art Deco bathhouse has been recently restored and is now home to a variety of ranger led programs and historic exhibits. The bathhouse is an architectural landmark and a great place to cool off and learn about the history of the beach and the park's summer events.
The park is named in honor of Jacob Riis, the famed New York City journalist and photographer who documented the plight of the poor and working class. The park's ocean beach and landscaped walkways, boardwalks and courtyards provided city dwellers and immigrants used to cramped tenements and streets with the rare opportunity to spread out and enjoy the open air.
Constructed on the site of one of the first US naval air stations, the park was designed in 1936 by innovative Park Commissioner Robert Moses, who had also created Jones Beach in 1929 further east on Long Island. Moses envisioned Riis Park as a Jones Beach for poor immigrants, a destination accessible by public transportation and closer to the city. As with Jones Beach, much of the architecture has a nautical theme, intended to suggest being on board the deck of a great ship.
In 1972, Jacob Riis Park was transferred to the control of the National Park Service. Today, its sand, surf, seaside recreation areas and famous Art Deco bathhouse are a popular destination. Facilities available in season include the Breezy Point Executive Golf Course aka, Riis Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course.
$10 (cart not included), played on Sunday, May 2010 at 10am
This is a par 3 course that is suitable for a fun little break with close friends or family who are not very serious about the game. Serious golfers, thinking they can tune-up their wedge game will likely be frustrated by the pace and style of play. If on a lark, you can have a diverting couple hours. You tee off on artificial turf mats to appropriately tiny greens and holes range from about 50 yards to 150 with most in the 80 to 100 yard range. It is only a few hundred yards from the ocean, grass on sand with a kind of linksy look and feel, but it is really target golf. Scruffy pines and shrubs dot the course. The sand traps are funky. There are a few vending machines, but no clubhouse or even a decent outdoor seating area. With better maintenance and TLC, this could be a little gem.
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