Destination Guide

Destination: 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.

Grand resort hotels like Grossinger’s, The Concord and Neville rolled out star-studded entertainment and operated kosher kitchens to attract a large Jewish clientele leading to the moniker, "The Borscht Belt." Route 17 running though the heart of the region was often bumper-to-bumper as vacationers streamed back and forth from the city. In the winter, they brought their skies; in the summer their golf clubs and fishing gear.

More than 50 golf courses were built in these scenic worn old mountains and valleys, strong tracks like the Concord's "Monster" and Grossinger's "Big G" and Rip Van Winkle Country Club, a sweet nine-hole Donald Ross gem in Palenville.

Most of the big hotels are now gone but today’s Catskills are charged up with a new energy. So much that was good in the early days -- the deep gorges, mountain peaks, river valleys, scenic beauty and fresh air -- remains thanks to the creation of a Forest Preserve of 250,000 acres deemed to be forever wild land in 2004.

There are plans afoot to build boutique lodging on the sites of the old hotels while golf resort properties like Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, Kutshers Country Club and Hotel in Monticello, Hanah Inn & Golf Club in Margaretville, home to the 7,175-yard "Terminator" course and Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Resort in Roscoe, are still welcoming guests.

An amazing array of off-course activities in the Catskills include county fairs, tractor parades, and a growing farm-to-table movement featuring food prepared from local ingredients. Concerts are staged at the historic Callicoon Center bandstand and the Windham Chamber Music Festival while big name artists like Sting and Taylor Swift perform at The Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts located on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

First-rate entertainment is offered at Forestburgh Playhouse, the oldest (1947) continuously operating playhouse in the state and a strong attraction at the upscale Emerson Resort & Spa in Mount Tremper is the world's largest kaleidoscope and the Kaleidostore. Feeling lucky? The Monticello Casino & Raceway beckons to those looking for action in slots and electronic games.

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Stamford Golf Club Stamford $20 - $28
Casperkill Golf Club
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Poughkeepsie $31
Thunderhart Golf Course at Sunny Hill Freehold $40
Stone Dock Golf Club
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High Falls $12
Winding Hills Golf Club
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Montgomery $14
Blackhead Mountain Round Top $15 - $52
Rip Van Winkle Country Club Palenville $15
Rainbow Golf Club Greenville $40
French Woods Golf Course Hancock $25
Two/East Course at Apple Greens
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Highland $29
One/East Course at Apple Greens
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Highland $29
Rondout Golf Club
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Accord $10
Sunny Hill Resort Greenville $18
Big G Course at Grossinger Country Club Liberty $35 - $65
One/Two Course at Apple Greens
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Highland $29
Shephard Hills Golf Club Roxbury $10
Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club
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Saugerties $26
McCann Golf Course Poughkeepsie $38 - $58
Honor's Haven Resort & Spa
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Ellenville $15
Hudson Valley Resort Kerhonkson $34
Wiltwyck Golf Club Kingston $75 - $90
Monster at Concord Resort Kiamesha Lake $45 - $65
Turtle Creek Golf Course Plattekill $15
Red at Nevele Grande Resort & Country Club Ellenville $35 - $75
Vassar Golf Course Poughkeepsie $11 - $25
Onteora Club Tannersville $85 - $90
White at Nevele Grande Resort & Country Club Ellenville $35 - $75
Hardwood Hills Golf Course Masonville $25
Twin Village Golf Club Roscoe $8 - $20
The Powelton Club Newburgh $80
Southern Dutchess Country Club Beacon $20 - $32
Dinsmore Golf Course Staatsburg $22 - $46
Shawangunk Country Club Ellenville $11 - $25
Hanah Mountain Resort & Country Club Margaretville $30 - $45
Scotts Corners Golf Course Montgomery $28 - $32
Tarry Brae Golf Course South Fallsburg $39
Mohonk Golf Course New Paltz $13 - $29
Executive at Scott's Family Resort Deposit $17 - $20
Twaalfskill Golf Club Kingston $20 - $30
Oneonta Country Club Oneonta $29 - $49
Edgewood Club of Tivoli Tivoli $10
Vista Course at Grossinger Country Club Liberty $12 - $20
Dutchess Golf & Country Club Poughkeepsie $55
Alapaha Golf Center Kingston $14 - $21
Windham Country Club Windham $25 - $47
Hancock Golf Course Hancock $17
Villa Roma's Golf Course Callicoon $55 - $60
Sullivan County Golf & Country Club Liberty $18 - $20
Osiris Country Club Walden $40 - $49
Island Glen Country Club Bethel $18 - $20
Main at Scott's Family Resort Deposit $17 - $20
Mountain at Christman's Windham House Windham $14 - $20
The College Golf Course at Delhi Delhi $22 - $39
Valley at Christman's Windham House Windham $5 - $10
College Hill Golf Course Poughkeepsie $11 - $26
Mill Creek Golf Club Marlboro $31 - $35
Green Acres Kingston $14.00 - $27.00
Ingalside Resort Greenville N/A
Woodstock Golf Club Woodstock $26 - $45
Swan Lake Golf Course Swan Lake $29
Lochmor Golf Course Loch Sheldrake $23 - $41
Meadows Golf Center Margaretville $10
Fishkill Golf Course Fishkill $18 - $38
New Paltz Golf Course New Paltz $20
Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club Roscoe $22
International at Concord Resort Kiamesha Lake $35 - $45
Colonial Country Club Tannersville $40 - $45
Catskill Golf Club Catskill $40
Kutsher's Country Club Monticello less than $50
Ouleout Creek Golf Course North Franklin $15
Sidney Golf Course Sidney $10 - $23
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