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Destination: 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 village of Lake Placid, site of the 1932 and 1980 winter Olympics, is the region's best known community. Mt. Marcy's summit soars to 5,344 feet and is the highest peak in the mountainous region. The sixth largest body of fresh water in the U.S., Lake Champlain forms most of the eastern border of park. Bitter cold and heavy snow dominate the landscape from late fall to early spring.

All of those factors make the Adirondack region an unlikely golf destination, let alone America's first.

During the latter half of the 19th century, residents of New York City began flocking to the Adirondacks during the heat of the summer months. City dwellers couldn't flip on the air conditioning during a stifling heat wave, and they needed to get away. The average 75-degree temps during the summer were an obvious magnet for the city folk who boarded trains that made their way into the remote areas of upstate New York.

"The Adirondacks has as rich a golfing tradition as any place in the country," said Peter Martin, longtime head professional at White Face Club in Lake Placid and author of "Adirondack Golf Courses ... Past and Present."

As hotels sprung up throughout the mountains during the latter part of the 1800's, golf became one of the primary past times. "These folks were well to do and it was a time when golf was enjoying its first strong wave of popularity among the upper class in this country," he said. "It was almost as though the hotel operators up here had to offer golf, so the courses got built."

Dozens of courses were built in the decade prior to and after the turn of the 20th century, most of them associated with a hotel or resort. Many of them were closed or abandoned during the Great Depression or World War II. But some of the legacy of that early golfing boom remains.

A tour through the Adirondacks in the summer provides a nice break from the heat. But the best time to play could be in late September when the days are still warm, but the nighttime chill has started to turn the leaves into blazing fall colors. Looking for an upscale experience? Play Sagamore and Lake Placid resort. Most of the other stops will be no frills, backwoods, mountain golf.

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Barracks Golf Course Plattsburgh $23
St. Lawrence University Golf Club
Tee Times
Canton $12
Craig Wood Golf Club Lake Placid $30 - $38
Kingswood Golf Club
Tee Times
Hudson Falls $15
Hiland Park Country Club
Tee Times
Queensbury $15
Harmony Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Kent $10
Queensbury Country Club Lake George $36
North Country Golf Club
Tee Times
Rouses Point $16
Westport Country Club Westport $25 - $32
East at Malone Golf Club Malone $20 - $42
Skene Valley Country Club Whitehall $23 - $30
Bear Creek Golf Course Forestport $10 - $12
Valley View Golf Course Whitehall $10.00 - $16.50
Ausable Club Saint Huberts $15 - $27
Bluff Point Golf Resort Plattsburgh $24 - $40
Links Course at Lake Placid Club Lake Placid $35 - $75
Huletts Landing Golf Course Huletts Landing $11
Wedgewood Golf Course Fort Edward $8
Hamilton Lake Conference Center Lake Pleasant N/A
Cobble Hill Golf Course Elizabethtown $12 - $28
Lake Pleasant Golf Course Lake Pleasant $12 - $32
Green Mansions Golf Club Chestertown $18 - $33
Willsboro Golf Course Willsboro $23 - $32
Saranac Lake Golf Club Ray Brook $14 - $28
The Inlet Golf Club Inlet $25 - $57
Woodgate Pines Golf Club Boonville $20 - $34
Pole Valley Players' Club Hartford $20 - $35
Partridge Run Golf & Country Club Canton $18
West at Malone Golf Club Malone $20 - $42
Crestwood Golf Club Marcy $20 - $36
Madrid Golf Course Madrid $10
Bay Meadows Golf Club Queensbury $13
Glens Falls Country Club Queensbury $87
Sacandaga Golf Club Northville $21
Ticonderoga Country Club Ticonderoga $24 - $54
Brookhaven Golf Club Porter Corners $23
AuSable Valley Golf Course Au Sable Forks $5 - $22
1000 Acres Ranch Resort Stony Creek $22 - $29
Saranac Inn Golf & Country Club Saranac Lake $55 - $70
Alder Creek Golf Course & Country Inn Alder Creek $13.00 - $22.50
The Sagamore Bolton Landing $83 - $155
Twin Brooks Golf Course Waddington $15 - $25
Fox Hill Golf & Country Club Massena $22
Mountain Course at Lake Placid Club Lake Placid $35 - $75
Highland Greens Golf Course Brushton $35.00 - $38.50
Brantingham Golf Course Brantingham $12 - $30
Meadowbrook Golf Course Winthrop $13 - $28
Cedar River Golf Club Indian Lake $50
Cronin's Golf Resort Warrensburg $28 - $47
Potsdam Golf & Country Club Potsdam $25
High Peaks Golf Course Newcomb $12 - $22
Nick Stoner Golf Course Caroga Lake $19 - $34
Whiteface Club Golf Course Lake Placid $50 - $105
Adirondack Golf & Country Club Peru $30 - $46
Top of the World Resort Lake George $38 - $40
Schroon Lake Golf Course Schroon Lake $14 - $22
Bend of the River Hadley $18 - $26
Country Meadows Golf Course Fort Ann $14
Massena Country Club Massena $25 - $35
Golf Club of Newport Newport $28
Tupper Lake Country Club Tupper Lake $22 - $28
Thendara Golf Club Thendara $25 - $40
Raquette River Golf & Country Club Raymondville $29
Pristine Nine Course at Lake Placid Club Lake Placid $25
Airway Meadows Golf Course Gansevoort $28 - $43
Cedar View Golf Course
Tee Times
Massena $25
Sunnyside Par 3 Golf Course Queensbury $9 - $18
Moriah Country Club Port Henry $17 - $29
Clifton-Fine Municipal Golf Course Star Lake $12
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