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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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Courses

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