Randall's Island Park Alliance Announces Drive Shack to Open on Golf Center Site

New golf center demonstrates RIPA's commitment to NYC's golfing community, ongoing support for local youth programs and local job creation


The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) today announced that Drive Shack Inc. plans to open a new golf entertainment and recreation complex in Manhattan after the Company was awarded a site at Randall’s Island Park by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Drive Shack will completely rebuild and replace the existing golf driving range with a year-round state-of-the-art, family-friendly golf-centric recreation facility. The current Randall’s Island Park driving range is undergoing improvements and will reopen in April 2019 under Drive Shack’s subsidiary, American Golf. Operations will continue under American Golf’s supervision until breaking ground on the 3-story venue. The development is expected to create 350 permanent positions at the complex and over 150 shorter-term construction jobs. The complex will allow RIPA sponsored youth and development programs to utilize enhanced golf technology, as well as introduce a larger audience to golf while improving existing players’ skills. The completed facility will also include a renovated miniature golf course to further draw young families to Randall’s Island Park.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of the new Drive Shack complex and are pleased to welcome Drive Shack to Randall’s Island Park. In addition to the economic benefit of creating new opportunities for 350 local job seekers, the Center is a fan-favorite and a much-needed recreational resource at Randall’s Island Park,” said Aimee Boden, President of Randall’s Island Park Alliance.

Added Boden, “It is always our goal to provide members of our community with ways to enjoy the benefits of Randall’s Island Park. This cutting-edge facility will create an environment for all levels of golfers (and New Yorkers) to come out and enjoy both the indoor and outdoor offerings at the Park.”

“We are excited to call Randall’s Island Park our new home in New York City, and to work with RIPA on bringing an amazing recreational resource to the Park,” said Drive Shack’s Sarah Watterson. 

The new Drive Shack facility is a multi-purpose venue, offering something for everyone – corporate events, children’s birthday parties, adults' night out or just driving range practice. The Complex will also feature full-service food and beverage options, an open-air rooftop terrace and a game lounge. 

About the Randall’s Island Park Alliance: The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), founded in 1992, is a public-private partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation that seeks to realize the unique potential of 480 waterfront parkland acres anchoring Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens. RIPA works with the City and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events, and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall’s Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to sup­port the wellbeing of all New Yorkers. The Park offers miles of waterfront pathways, almost 9 acres of wetlands, an urban farm, a track and field stadium, a golf center, a 20-court tennis center and dozens of new playing fields, as well as the Harlem River Event Site.

Drive Shack New York is a subsidiary of Drive Shack Inc., a publicly traded owner and operator of golf-related leisure and entertainment businesses. Drive Shack is developing venues across the country that are reimagining the traditional concept of a golf course through blended, industry-leading technology, design and service that creates a golf-entertainment experience for every skill level and interest. Unlike traditional driving ranges, Drive Shack’s complexes will feature technologically enhanced, signature golf-based games using complimentary TaylorMade clubs and are designed for players of all skill levels. Each venue will have full-service food and beverage areas as well as private event space that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Drive Shack Inc. also owns American Golf, one of the largest owners and operators of golf properties nationwide. The License Agreement for Drive Shack Randall’s Island is currently pending registration at the New York City Comptroller’s office.

Media Contact for RIPA:

Jennifer Wainwright

Randall’s Island Park Alliance



Melissa Sheer

Kent Place Communications



Source: Randall's Island Park Alliance


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