When Van Cortlandt Golf Course opened in New York City in 1895, it became the first public golf course in America. There were other golf courses in the U.S. by that time - perhaps 100 or more - but Van Cortlandt was the first built for the masses.
And Van Cortlandt Golf Course is still in operation today, the centerpiece of Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The park also boasts a lake and two nature trails.
In Van Cortlandt Park you'll also find the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The aqueduct, built during the 1830s and 1840s, was New York City's first major water supply project.