Mark Twain famously pronounced golf “a good walk spoiled.” But the customers at the Breezy Point Pitch and Putt have found a fine way to enjoy their 18-hole stroll, a way even Mark Twain might have approved of. The off-duty cops who favor the course ignore pastel shades, argyle sweaters, and silly hats. They accessorize instead with wheeled coolers, which they tot around so as to enjoy a cold drink any time there’s a wait for their turn. (There’s often a delay at the third hole.) Built in 1935, the three-par course—part of Jacob Riis Park—takes about three hours to play. It boasts holes ranging from 30 to 150 yards, excellent for improving one’s short game. A small rental charge will secure you a putter, a five-iron, and a seven-iron. The cooler and the beers—those, alas, you have to bring from home.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 25, 2008