Bronx, New York
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Pelham Split Rock Golf Club

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870 Shore Rd
Bronx, NY 10464-1024, United States

This 36-hole facility is managed by American Golf and is open to the public.

Pelham Bay Golf Course opened in 1905, but was redesigned by John van Kleek in 1937. While bunkers are in play here, water is not. The signature hole (#9) is a 433-yard par-4 made tough by its assortment of bunkers.

Split Rock Golf Course was an original John van Kleek design that opened in 1934 and featured rather many, many trees, narrow fairways and a creek that bisects the course twice. The closing hole requires a tee shot that basically involves hitting the ball around one of the oldest white oak trees in New York City.

Course Details
GPS Mapped:Yes what is this?
Greens Fees (including cart):
   Weekday:$60 - $74
   Weekend:$60 - $74
   9-hole fees evenings only
Guest Policy:open
Dress Code:Collared Shirt & Slacks
Season Start:March
Season End:November
Reserved Tee Times:Online & Phone
Pro Shop :yes
Fairways Grass:Rye, blue

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  dodat - 8/2/13
Definitely not worth the value. Paid $60 to play on a week day and greens and fairways were in bad conditions. The frustration of hitting an ideal shot and landing in an area that had no grass and is full of gravel. unbelievable. Max price should be $36 including cart. There so many better options near NYC.
  HCPete - 8/12/10
I have been playing nyc public courses since I was 13 and I have never played a private course in my life. Perhaps ignorance is bliss when it comes to the time on the round. Get to Pelham early(before 9) or expect 5-6 hour round and that is on weekdays.
As for what the other reviewers have been talking about with the staff, I respectfully disagree about the attitude. They are right about the problems with the computers though. The two of the clubhouse workers that I usually deal with are both very old and computers are not inside their expertise however at least to me and my father they are extremely kind.
The maintenance is public but good for it these days. If the weather has been bad then it will be wet for a day or two afterward and if it has been hot and dry then it will be worn out. This is public golf. The only complaint on the maintenance is one to the people that play the course, please a little respect for the course! replace a divit, rake the sand and fix a ballmark. It is not that hard.
The Scenery is nice, most of the year. I have played in all of the seasons. Remember bug spray especially on Split Rock. Though if you get a chance play either of these courses during the fall, right around the 3rd week of October, the trees are all the colors of a bowl of Trix and might be the most beautiful panoramic in NYC.
Throughout this review, I have mentioned it being a public course as an excuse for its problems well this is the good part about being a public course. I walk both of these courses and I do it for 34.50 which is what makes all other things excusable. By the way, if you have a child who you want to introduce to the game, it has a rate for under 18, 7.50 to golf 18 holes!
My favorite hole is on Split Rock a tough par 4 8th which is a dog leg left that requires a good drive to hit a tight fairway with woods right, left and beyond the fairway and leaves a long approach over water with bunkers left. The green is elevated by a couple of feet and usually rolls well.
  birdie pancake - 5/25/10

if it were not for the pace of play for teetimes after 9AM on any day, this course would get 4 stars overall.

for the condition of the course, the value is very good. depending on the weather, 2010, we've had good weather so far since MAR. however, last year, tons of rain made the course almost unplayable. as of 05/25/10, the fairways are running but green and healthy, bunkers are above average, and greens are rolling really well with plenty of speed.

the pace of play for any teetimes after about 9AM on any day is SLOOOOOOOOOW. i've etched it in stone that i will never play here unless it's real early on a weekday morning. at taht time you can get around in 3.5-4 hours easily.

condition of the course is really good, esp for a city owned course. other courses would do well to keep up with split rock.

the people in the clubhouse are hit and miss. if something goes wrong on the comp and they can't figure it out, expect to wait their for at least 10min. sometimes they have no clue what's going on. i would compare them to the a$$es at bethpage.

stay out of the trees. it's thick and nasty. also, with all those trees comes the mosquitoes. the holes are framed well with the trees and some of the par4s are really tough. the 5th and 17th are par5s but i would count them as really tough par4s.

if it were not for the pace of play for teetimes after 9AM on any day, this course would get 4 stars overall.

i really like this course. it has a handful of tough holes where being accurate is key. conditions are great, but do your best to avoid any teetimes after 9AM, especially on weekends. in 07/09, i had a weekend round last almost 7 hours. i'm surprised we actually finished 18...
  BlameMe - 7/12/09
You have to laugh at how American Golf run these places (Pile em'high sell not cheap). Course is in great shape even after all the rain they have had. Had to keep to cart paths which slowed everyone down. Tee times every 7 mins so why not extend this to 10/15 mins when you have to use the cart paths only. We teed off and hour and a half late (even the start was complaining of this). Every hole had a 10/15 min wait.

Only managed to get 12 holes of the 18 done and that was done in 6 hours. If you drive try NJ or upper state NY and find somewhere for a more pleasant 4 hour round and avoid the hassle of the public's in the city.

Its a great course let down by the muppets who run it. Just like most of the public courses in NYC.
  xrayg1971 - 6/5/09
2 nice courses. paelham is links style ... can get very wet does not drain well. split rock can get very mosquito infested in the summer so just bring bug spray. but overall split rock is more challengeing and pelham is easier.
  ForeKris - 9/22/08
the staff is almost always in a bad mood. it's not uncommon to hav ea 5.5 - 6 hour round. having said that, it is a pretty nice course and they keep it in pretty decent shape. keep in mind, it's a city course.
  TimmyBede - 5/17/08
Pelham Bay is in great shape for the spring. The greens and the fairways are in excellent condition for a city course that gets more then its fair share of play. Unfortunately the course staff gets poor grades all around. From the pro shop attendants, to the starter, to the missing snack cart person and ranger. No one seemed to give a dam about the customers or the golf course they represent.
  hogan72 - 5/5/08
Nice course - challenging, but manageable. It's in pretty good shape right now. There are some pretty holes - even the couple that border the highway (a little noisy).If it's slow, it's REALLY slow. No marshals to help out either.
  Jorge Calle - 10/15/16
  houmbus - 3/27/15
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Best Score: 68
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Score Golfer Date
69 mattykgolf 3/10/16
71 birdie pancake 8/19/10
72 jhopper471 8/5/16
74 jlnovosad 8/21/10
73 bmdavila 7/16/14
75 ccyouinoctober 7/8/11
75 Matt Humphries 9/1/13
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