A Walk in the Park

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - WITH ALEX MEY­ERS AND SAM WEINMANS

Five New Year’s res­o­lu­tions you can keep.

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?

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