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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Courses

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Wiltwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingston $30
Blackhead Mountain Round Top $15 - $52
Stamford Golf Club Stamford $20 - $28
Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Saugerties $25
Rondout Golf Club
Tee Times
Accord $27
Stone Dock Golf Club
Tee Times
High Falls $12
Shephard Hills Golf Club Roxbury $10
One/Two Course at Apple Greens
Tee Times
Highland $29
Rainbow Golf Club Greenville $40
Sunny Hill Resort
Tee Times
Greenville $14
Two/East Course at Apple Greens
Tee Times
Highland $29
Winding Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $12
Rip Van Winkle Country Club Palenville $15
Casperkill Golf Club
Tee Times
Poughkeepsie $31
Thunderhart Golf Course at Sunny Hill
Tee Times
Freehold $20
McCann Golf Course Poughkeepsie $38 - $58
Big G Course at Grossinger Country Club Liberty $35 - $65
One/East Course at Apple Greens
Tee Times
Highland $29
French Woods Golf Course Hancock $25
New Paltz Golf Course
Tee Times
New Paltz $20
Honor's Haven Resort & Spa
Tee Times
Ellenville $10
Villa Roma's Golf Course Callicoon $55 - $60
Vista Course at Grossinger Country Club Liberty $12 - $20
Alapaha Golf Center Kingston $14 - $21
The Powelton Club Newburgh $80
Ouleout Creek Golf Course North Franklin $15
Colonial Country Club Tannersville $40 - $45
Osiris Country Club Walden $40 - $49
Scotts Corners Golf Course Montgomery $28 - $32
Green Acres Kingston $14.00 - $27.00
Hanah Mountain Resort & Country Club Margaretville $30 - $45
Woodstock Golf Club Woodstock $26 - $45
Oneonta Country Club Oneonta $29 - $49
Hardwood Hills Golf Course Masonville $25
Meadows Golf Center Margaretville $10
Turtle Creek Golf Course Plattekill $15
White at Nevele Grande Resort & Country Club Ellenville $35 - $75
Fishkill Golf Course Fishkill $18 - $38
Windham Country Club Windham $25 - $47
Vassar Golf Course Poughkeepsie $11 - $25
Mohonk Golf Course New Paltz $13 - $29
Edgewood Club of Tivoli Tivoli $10
Southern Dutchess Country Club Beacon $20 - $32
Sidney Golf Course Sidney $10 - $23
Hancock Golf Course Hancock $17
Sullivan County Golf & Country Club Liberty $18 - $20
Monster at Concord Resort Kiamesha Lake $45 - $65
Catskill Golf Club Catskill $40
Ingalside Resort Greenville N/A
Tarry Brae Golf Course South Fallsburg $39
College Hill Golf Course Poughkeepsie $11 - $26
International at Concord Resort Kiamesha Lake $35 - $45
Hudson Valley Resort Kerhonkson $34
Main at Scott's Family Resort Deposit $17 - $20
Onteora Club Tannersville $85 - $90
Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club Roscoe $22
Lochmor Golf Course Loch Sheldrake $23 - $41
Red at Nevele Grande Resort & Country Club Ellenville $35 - $75
Swan Lake Golf Course Swan Lake $29
The College Golf Course at Delhi Delhi $22 - $39
Twaalfskill Golf Club Kingston $20 - $30
Mountain at Christman's Windham House Windham $14 - $20
Twin Village Golf Club Roscoe $8 - $20
Valley at Christman's Windham House Windham $5 - $10
Shawangunk Country Club Ellenville $11 - $25
Dinsmore Golf Course Staatsburg $22 - $46
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