A half day of Manhattan business can be offset nicely on the ride home with a quick 18 at Saxon Woods in Scarsdale, conveniently located between New York City and Connecticut. Saxon is a rolling, twisting track that borders the quintessential New England foliage road, the Merit and Hutchinson Parkways. Even Weekend greens fees don't get past $55 and considering you're 30 minutes from Manhattan, that's damn near a bargain.
If you stray much farther from the Five Burroughs, you could wind up in Orangeman country - outside of Syracuse at Camillus's West Hill Golf Course. Low, low greens fees and, get this, there's a $10 daily pass that allows you to be fancy and play croquet. How quaint! One thing that will make you feel like royalty is when your metropolitan transportation needs are being taken care of by NY Golf Shuttle. Staff at NYGS can also arrange your New York tee times as desired, including at some hard-to-get-on courses like Bethpage Black golf course, site of the 2002 U.S. Open. And, no matter how you get to the course, use the time in the car to relax and focus on your game. Positive mental imagery and some soothing or rhythmic music can get you in the right frame of mind when your tee time arrives.