June 5, 2024
One thing you learn living in a heavily populated area, once the summer heat ramps up, so does the tension. Crime statistics reflect this, reaching annual highs at the apex of every summer, but it can also be felt on golf courses across the country where golfers are all too eager to drop their clubs and put up their dukes.
Such was the case on Saturday at Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Club in the Bronx. It was a near perfect summer day in New York City—80 degrees, blue skies, low humidity—as the NYPD and EMS responded to the scene of a nearly tragic golf course fight that sent one man to hospital and another to jail. Fox 5 has the full report.
According to eyewitness accounts—including a Fox 5 employee who happened to be on the scene—the fight broke out around 2 p.m when 29-year-old Charles Costello struck the 49-year-old victim. The victim, who can be seen lying motionless behind one of the golf carts, reportedly required CPR on the scene. The footage also captured Costello on his knees in a state of distress, saying, “I just hit him back, I didn’t know I was hitting so hard!”
After the attack, the victim was transported by EMS to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi where they were listed in stable condition. Costello was arrested and charged with assault.
It’s only the first week June, so this probably won’t be the last fight at Pelham Bay this summer. As local golfer Larry Gonzalez told Fox 5, “If I was real hot head, at this course alone, over the past three-four years I could have got into three or four fights.”

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