Long Island is no place for a classic automobile.
To be sure, ours is a car culture. For better or for worse, the late Robert Moses saw to that. If given the option to take the train, the masses seem to prefer braving the Stressway any day of the week — even with gas averaging $4 a gallon.
Of course, we’re talking about your average commuter, putting around in one of the myriad overgrown jellybeans that pass for transportation these days. Winter storms? Check. Salted roads? Got ‘em. Salty air? Pretty tough to escape it, what with that whole ‘island’ thing. None of this really matters when your daily driver is mostly plastic.
I love the U.S. Open. One of my favorite events is Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. One of the organizations proceeds from ticket sales goes to support is the National Junior Tennis and Learning Network (NJTL), a nationwide group of more than 600 nonprofit youth-development organizations that provide free or low-cost tennis, education and life-skills programming to more than 325,000 children each year. It’s the kind of altruistic event that I could see local charity Tennis Racquets For Kids, Inc. (TRFK) fitting in with quite nicely. This non-profit organization is devoted to introducing underprivileged children to the sport of tennis by giving donated old racquets (in playable condition) to them. While Great Neck cardiologist Dr. Gary Mintz is the point man for TRFK, it was his now 20-year-old fraternal twins Zachary and Paige who came up with the concept five years ago.
When I tell stories of teaching in a South Bronx public school that fashioned itself a model of “school reform,” most people who live anywhere but an inner city gasp in disbelief and say, “Wow! That’s terrible. But it would never happen here.”
My response? Isn’t it pretty to think so.
The outrages that I experienced, and kids, teachers and communities throughout America continue to suffer in the name of “school reform,” are not so far away from any school in today’s economic, educational and political environment.
With golf courses hugging the water on the south shore, skirting the Long Island Sound on the North Shore and traversing the hills in between, Nassau County has a diverse collection of golf holes. Some are memorable for their difficulty or a unique test of skills, while others are remarkable simply for the scenery. Then there are a select few that blend together all the aspects of an outstanding golf hole.
Here are five publicly accessible golf holes worth a visit from near or far:
It’s easy to forget when you’re focused on sinking a birdie putt — or stewing over missing that last par putt — that the golf course is a place where rock-hard Titleists are constantly flying through the air and golf carts are zipping back and forth across the rough and fairways. Proper etiquette goes a long way toward maintaining a high enjoyment level for all players and helps the staff keep the course in the best possible shape.
Here are some basic rules of etiquette to follow on the course and instill in others, especially new or younger players:
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