A celebrity golf tournament is coming in October to Governors Island, located 800 yards off the tip of Manhattan, right in the middle of New York Harbor. The Manhattan Golf Classic will run from Oct. 19-22, culminating in a made-for-television Skins Game featuring LPGA pros Annika Sorenstam and Natalie Gulbis.
Celebrities include Dennis Quaid, rated Hollywood's top player by Golf Digest, along with fellow actors Craig T. Nelson and Bruce McGill (best known as D-Day from 'Animal House'). The island's existing nine-hole golf course will be reconfigured to 18 holes for the event.
Manhattan's only golf course was last used a decade ago before the Coast Guard abandoned Governors Island. The course wraps around Fort Jay, and takes up about nine acres -- far less than the typical 200 acres. Organizers are hoping for about 2,000 spectators.
The 172-acre Governors Island was a military base until 1966, when the Coast Guard turned the land into its northeast headquarters. The island's future was uncertain for several years after the Coast Guard departed, until it was returned to New York State and New York City in 2003.
The northern half of the island, which includes Fort Jay and Castle Williams, is a federal historical landmark.