New York Golf Destinations

  • Finger Lakes

    Stretching from Rochester to Syracuse and south from the New York State Thruway, the Finger Lakes may get a bad rap for its long winters. But spring, summer and fall can be idyllic for golf, with its 11 glacial-cut lakes and more than 100 tidy vineyards unrolling a stunningly beautiful tableau.

    Timber Banks Golf Club in Baldwinsville boasts the only Nicklaus Design course in upstate New York. The golf course rambles through ancient forests and across lush grassy meadows. The tranquil environment is the perfect setting for a round of golf.
    LeRoy Country Club is conveniently situated just 25 minutes from downtown Rochester and less than an hour from Buffalo. It's one of western New York's most accessible public golf courses. The course opened in 1930 as the first public nine-hole layout in LeRoy. Water comes into play on a few holes at LeRoy Country Club, most notably on the finishing two.
    Ravenwood Golf Club is situated in the Finger Lakes region in western New York. It's one of the most popular public championship courses in the Rochester region. Robin Nelson designed the course in 2002. He utilized the gently undulating landscape to seamlessly connect the holes to one another so that the whole golf course has a natural flow.
  • Southern Tier

    New York State's Southern Tier runs from Binghamton to Olean reaching into the northernmost Appalachias. The region is largely rural with farms and towns so small you barely slow down as you drive through, while cities that developed along rivers are larger, including Binghamton and Owego on the Susquehanna, Corning and Elmira on the Chemung and Olean on the Alleghany.

    The Links at Hiawatha Landing sits along the banks of the Susquehanna River, nestled between the Finger Lakes and the Catskill Mountains. It's one of New York's premier upscale public golf courses. Despite the name, the course has more of a heathland layout than a true links course since it lacks the seaside location that is the cornerstone of traditional Scottish links golf courses.
    Located in the Southtowns of WNY between Holland and Colden, Holland Hills Country Club is less than a half hour from Buffalo. The golf course sits atop the highest point in Erie County. The championship layout features a variety of challenges including tree-lined fairways, water hazards, and strategically placed sand traps.
    Conklin Players Club is one of the best golf courses that the greater Binghamton area has to offer. It's easily accessible if you're located in northeastern Pennsylvania. The course is known for its consistently immaculate conditions as well as its interesting design. The layout has a nice flow that seamlessly blends a variety of different holes.
  • Long Island

    Like a giant crab claw stretching 118 miles out into the Atlantic from Manhattan, Long Island has close to 150 golf courses ranging from munis to ultra exclusive clubs such as Shinnecock Hills, the oldest formal golf club in the United States, dating back to 1890. There are Bethpage State Park's five golf courses, specifically the Black, an A.W. Tillinghast design and the first public course in the U.S. to host a U.S. Open Championship.

    Heatherwood Golf Club is the sister course to the Pine Hills Country Club, which is a 30-minute drive away in Manorville. It is a short golf course at a little over 4,000 yards but the layout offers excellent short game practice. It is also a good test of your iron play. Mature trees are abundant throughout the course, specifically concentrated along the fairways.
    Pine Hills Country Club sprawls cross 165 acres of Long Island's protected Pine Barrens. The golf course plays long at over 7,000 yards from the back tees but it is a playable and fair test. It is challenging as well with quite a bit of water and sand coming into play throughout.
    Although it is located in Hauppauge on Long Island's North Shore, Wind Watch Golf Club possesses the look and feel of a destination course. Sprawling across a lush, rolling landscape covered with sparkling ponds, the course is as challenging as it is scenic.
  • Hudson River Valley

    The Hudson River Valley stretching from New York beyond Albany is celebrated for its great beauty as well as its historical importance. Arguably the place where golf in America began when St. Andrew's Golf Club was founded in 1888, many exceptional courses have been worked into the landscape.

    Although it's only an hour from New York City, the Garrison's secluded location nestled in the Hudson Highlands makes it feel much further. Perched 800 feet above the Hudson River, the 18-hole Garrison golf course offers panoramic views of the river and the surrounding mountains.
    Nestled in the Lower Hudson Valley, Putnam County Golf Course enjoys a scenic location amid rolling hills yet it’s not too far from the city. Formerly known as Putnam National, the club was originally opened as a private club in 1959, it opened to the public when it was bought by the county in 2004 but it continues to offer the quality and amenities of a private country club.
    Casperkill Golf Club in Poughkeepsie is situated in the heart of the Hudson River Highlands, surrounded by acres of lush, rolling countryside. The course wanders through stands of towering oak trees and circles a few tranquil ponds before moving along the banks of its namesake creek. The gently rolling hills provide the course with elevated tees and terraced greens.
  • The Catskills

    The Catskills, a four-county region just a couple of hours’ drive north of New York City, first attracted visitors around the 1950s. They came from the city for the mountain air, crystalline lakes like Tennanah and Kiamesha and bubbling streams where anglers waded into the water casting for trout.

    Blackhead Mountain Lodge & Country Club was carefully carved from the scenic terrain of its namesake mountain range, situated in the Northern Catskills. The lush green golf course is tucked away among forested hills brimming with wildlife.
    Casperkill Golf Club in Poughkeepsie is situated in the heart of the Hudson River Highlands, surrounded by acres of lush, rolling countryside. The course wanders through stands of towering oak trees and circles a few tranquil ponds before moving along the banks of its namesake creek. The gently rolling hills provide the course with elevated tees and terraced greens.
    Winding Hills Golf Club in Montgomery is a challenging course that will give you some practice with your irons and test your short game skills. This formidable short course is much tougher than it appears. The designer, Steve Esposito, modeled the layout after Jeff Cornish's Blue Rock Course in Cape Cod.
  • Western New York

    Bordered by Lake Ontario and Canada in the northwestern corner and Lake Erie and Pennsylvania to the south, western New York marches to its own beat. Tourists come to gawk at the spectacular Niagara Falls (actually three falls); NFL fans scramble for tickets to cheer on the Buffalo Bills; and many flock to Chautauqua where the cultural programs are a summer staple.

    Located in the Southtowns of WNY between Holland and Colden, Holland Hills Country Club is less than a half hour from Buffalo. The golf course sits atop the highest point in Erie County. The championship layout features a variety of challenges including tree-lined fairways, water hazards, and strategically placed sand traps.
    The 18-hole Delaware Park Golf Course in Buffalo, NY is a public golf course. Delaware Park Golf Course measures 5359 yards from the longest tees.
    The 9-hole South Park Golf Course in Buffalo, NY is a public/municipal golf course that opened in 1960. South Park Golf Course measures 5486 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 104 and a 65 USGA rating.
  • Adirondack Mountains

    Adirondack Park is six million acres of upstate New York. Even today, traveling through the park on I-87 you get the feeling of remoteness. The entire population of the park is only about 150,000.

    The 14-hole Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1963. Harmony Golf Club measures 4969 yards from the longest tees. Greens and fairways are bent grass.
    The 18-hole Kingswood Golf Club in Hudson Falls, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1991. Designed by Mike Woodbury, Kingswood Golf Club measures 6571 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 128 and a 71.
    The 18-hole Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury, NY is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1989. Designed by Stephen Kay, Hiland Park Country Club measures 6767 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 130 and a 72.
  • New York Metro

    Included in the 11,842 square miles of the New York City Metro area, the most populous region in the country, are New York City as well as cities in New Jersey and Connecticut. High energy Big Apple has theaters, ethnic neighborhoods, cultural assets like the Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Empire State Buildings, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Certainly New York City is a-buzz with activity night and day.

    The 18-hole Saxon Woods Golf Course in Scarsdale, NY is a public golf course that opened in 1931. Designed by Joe Williams, Saxon Woods Golf Course measures 6481 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 124 and a 70.
    Located in the heart of Eastchester, Lake Isle Country Club is a facility that is owned by the town and offers a swimming complex with five pools and a tennis center with eight courts in addition to the 18-hole, championship golf course. Opened in 1926, the course is one of the oldest in the area and it is still a local favorite.
    The 18-hole Kissena Park Golf Course in Flushing, NY is a public/municipal golf course that opened in 1935. Kissena Park Golf Course measures 4727 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 94 and a 62 USGA rating.