The American Golf Corporation (Internet: www.americangolf.com) is the largest golf course management company in the world and offers over 70 golf courses worldwide as well as numerous courses in New York City, including the Clearview Golf Club, 202-12 Willets Point Blvd (Tel: (718) 225 46 53).
The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers (Tel: (212) 336 64 00. Internet: www.chelseapiers.com) is a very modern facility. There is a 183 m fairway, all-weather driving range, putting green and a fully equipped golf academy.
New Yorkers love horse racing. The main racetracks are Aqueduct Racetrack, Ozone Park, Queens (Tel: (718) 641 47 00. Internet: www.nyra.com) and Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford (Tel: (201) 935 85 00. Internet: www. thebigm.com).
The Chelsea Marina at Chelsea Piers (Tel: (212) 336 56 00. Internet: www.chelseapiers.com)) is the largest boat harbor in the city and offers a sailing school and boat rental for “dinner cruises” and deep sea fishing.
The Roller Rinks at Chelsea Piers (tel: (212) 336 62 00. Internet: www.chelseapiers.com) has two covered ice rinks, two outdoor inline / roller skating rinks and a skate park. There are two in Central Park and an outdoor ice rink in Rockefeller Center.
Central Park’s tennis courts (Tel: (212) 280 02 01), 93rd Street, are open in summer.
The New York Road Runners Club, 9 East 89th Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenue (Tel: (212) 860 44 55. Internet: www.nyrr.org) organizes the NYC Marathon and markets the sport through races, events and information material.
The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers (Tel: (212) 336 60 00. Internet: www.chelseapiers.com) is a 14,000 sqm sports and fitness club for members, with an indoor pool, sun beds, basketball courts, indoor beach volleyball court, Boxing ring, free climbing wall and equipment room. The day pass allows access to all facilities.
In addition to extensive landscapes and beaches, New York also offers world-class, state-of-the-art sports facilities and some of the best sports teams in the United States. New York is a mecca for both athletes and spectators, and there is a huge range of activities for fresh air fanatics.
The ultra-modern Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, a 12-hectare sports village on four restored piers from the early 20th century, is located on 23rd Street, corner of the West Side Highway on the Hudson River and has been a popular destination since its opening in 1995.
The national sports are baseball, basketball and football. The New Yorkers are crazy about sports and are justifiably proud of their top league teams such as the Knicks (Internet: www.nba.com/knicks), the Yankees (Internet: www.yankees.com), the Mets (Internet: www.mets.com), the Giants (Internet: www.giants.com), the Jets (Internet: www.newyorkjets.com), the Rangers (Internet: www.newyorkrangers.com), the New York Red Bulls (Internet: www.newyorkredbulls.com) and New York Liberty (Internet: www.wnba.com/liberty).
The baseball season runs from April to October and attracts huge crowds. At Shea Stadium, 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, Queens (Tel: (718) 507-METS, (718) 507-TIXX), the Mets play the Yankees play at Yankee Stadium on the Bronx, East 161st Street, corner River Avenue (Tel: (718) 293 60 00).
The New York basketball season runs from October to April, and Madison Square Garden (Tel: (212) 465 67 41) is home to New York’s celebrated team, The New York Knickerbockers (Knicks).
The American football season begins in September, and New York’s leading teams, the New York Jets and the New York Giants, play in New Jersey at Giants Stadium at the Izod Center (formerly Meadowlands Sports Complex, Tel: (201) 935 39 00. Internet: www.meadowlands.com). Tickets sell out quickly and there are long waiting lists.
Ice hockey is also very popular. New York’s teams are the Rangers, those in Madison Square Garden, the Islanders (Tel: (1800) 883 ISLES. Internet: http://islanders.nhl.com/) at Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale (Tel: (516) 794 93 00. Internet: www.nassaucoliseum.com) and the New Jersey Devils (Internet: www.newjerseydevils.com) who play at the Izod Center.
Flushing Meadows in Queens hosts the US Open Tennis Championships in late August through early September, which features some of the world’s best tennis players.
The best way to get tickets is from Ticketmaster (Internet: www.ticketmaster.com).
There are some very nice beaches in New York City, e.g. Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach.
Bowlmor Lanes, 110 University Place, between 12th and 13th Street (Tel: (212) 255 81 88. Internet: www.bowlmor.com), is Manhattan’s most famous bowling center.