It’s not Pebble Beach, but Rockaway Beach.
Josiah Morrison learns the intricacies of golf at Beach 30th Street Playground Field along the boardwalk in Far Rockaway. It’s the CityParks Golf Summer Beginner Program, run by Anthony Attanasio, a longtime physical education teacher and coach at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn.
The free tuition is provided by the City Parks Foundation, which offers programs in all city parks.
What you need to know
- The City Parks Foundation offers free golf courses for children aged 7 to 17 as part of its CityParks golf program
- Classes at the Beach 30th Street Playground in Far Rockaway were made possible through a partnership with L + M Development Partners
- Equipment is provided and adapted to the age and size of the students and the location of the class
- City Parks Foundation offers programs in NYC parks in the five boroughs
“We would like to give the children on site the opportunity to introduce themselves to the basics of golf and to learn them. So hopefully they’ll go ahead and play a sport that they can play for the rest of their lives, ”said Attanasio, site manager at Beach 30th Street Playground.
To bring the free program to the Rockaways, the City Parks Foundation has teamed up with L + M Development Partners, who are developing a mixed-income, mixed-use residential community on vacant land next to the playground.
“We are trying to find other ways to activate this beach and simply bring awareness and resources to the community,” said Gingi Pica, director of community investments at L + M Development Partners.
The program provides all equipment adapted for the age and size of students, including limited flying balls that do not look like golf balls but behave that way.
It was a great opportunity for kids like Josiah Morrison in a part of Queens where the nearest golf course is not easily accessible.
“Yes, they are doing a great job. I really like her. They really helped me with things I really needed help with, ”said Morrison.
Danny Whalen, who has some golf experience, said his game had improved with the program.
“Turkeys, chipping, I’m a lot better,” said Whalen.
Aaron Morrison, Josiah’s brother, also sees more golf in his future.
“I want to keep playing golf, it’s fun,” said Morrison.
Find out more about the program here.