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Best of New York Family 2004

Overrated: Play

  • Chelsea Piers Driving Range

    23rd St & the Hudson River, 212-336-6400

    But Not Fore Me
    People ooh and aah over the Chelsea Piers driving range (golf in the city!), but in truth, hitting balls there stinks. It’s so far west you might as well go on to Pebble Beach. Balls are ridiculously expensive. The wait is often an hour-plus. The AstroTurf mats can produce small but catastrophic changes in your swing because you can’t take a proper divot, and the automatic teeing machines encourage the kind of manic flailing that can prompt an otherwise rational adult to snap a $600 marvel of sporting technology over his knee. And that’s nothing to ooh or aah about. —Tom Case

From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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