A Walk in the Park
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For New Yorkers who live largely on concrete, Central Park is a public treasure. At 843 acres, it’s more than enough land for two courses, and so naturally we wondered how golf might look if added to the pastimes the space is famous for—jogging, biking, rowing, bird-watching, kite-flying, picnicking and more. To stand on the shoulders of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who in 1858 won a design competition to reimagine the park, we asked Ron Whitten, Golf Digest Senior Editor of Architecture, to draw up the routing. Scrutinizing the topography of the rolling meadows and granite outcrops, Whitten’s proposal emphasizes design variety and shot values while delivering minimal impact to the existing roads and monuments. Add a snack at the turn from a real Manhattan hot-dog vendor—how good would that taste?