Nearby Split Rock and Pelham Bay golf courses might be more challenging and home to nicer facilities, but ask us where we spent our summer Fridays, and nine times out of 10 the answer will be Van Cortlandt Park. The oldest public golf course in the country—NYC residents first teed off there in 1895—Vanny plays 6,002 yards from the back tees but still features two holes over 570 yards, so short par-fours abound, making it as playable for hackers as it is for pros. Our suggestion? Purchase the $10 twilight membership, and try to beat not only your buddies, but also the setting sun. The pace of play is fastest at this point, but don’t forget bug spray.