Visiting NYC for the U.S. Open this summer... where to play?
A buddy and I are going to be in NYC for the U.S. Open this summer, it's also going to be a bit of a family trip as my wife and daughter are going to come up so we can go to a show and my daughter can see the city for the first time.
We're planning on playing a couple of rounds while in the area, but, outside of Bethpage, there doesn't seem to be many courses with public access that show up on the regular "top courses to play" lists. It looks like you all have a ton of really awesome courses in the area, but they happen to be some of the most exclusive in the world! We're also working under the assumption that Bethpage will be absolutely stacked with US Open fans trying to play during the week before/after, so we're assuming we will save Black for another day. So my questions:
- Where should we play? What courses are awesome that the magazines are not telling us about?
- Does anyone have an idea if we should plan on playing the days before the Open (Mon-Wed) or the days after (I guess that would also be Mon-Wed)? We have no idea what would be easier for travel and less likely to compete with other tourists, so we're wide open to playing either before or after.
- Do any of you have much experience with the private clubs in the area as far as reciprocity goes? We're planning on talking to the Pro at our club and a friend that is an assistant Pro at a nationally known club to see if they can make some calls for us, but we thought it would be worth asking if any of you may have some insight as to potential clubs we could reach out to?
Thanks in advance for any input, these forums have always been super helpful for other trips, we really do appreciate it!