EAST MEADOW - A Long Beach man who is facing hate crime charges after he allegedly attacked two men on a golf course has pleaded not guilty.

Grant Smith allegedly hurled racial slurs at two black men in their 60s before attacking one of them with a club at Eisenhower Park this week. The disagreement allegedly arose when Smith asked to play ahead of them because he was on the course alone.

Police say Smith caims he was attacked by the two men first.

The NAACP has called for Smith to be banned from the golf course.

Smith pleaded not guilty to menacing and assault as a hate crime.