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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Rondout Golf Club
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Accord $27
One/Two Course at Apple Greens
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Highland $29
Stamford Golf Club Stamford $20 - $28
Rip Van Winkle Country Club Palenville $15
Wiltwyck Golf Club
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Kingston $30
Blackhead Mountain Round Top $15 - $52
Big G Course at Grossinger Country Club Liberty $35 - $65
Shephard Hills Golf Club Roxbury $10
Stone Dock Golf Club
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High Falls $12
Honor's Haven Resort & Spa
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Ellenville $10
Two/East Course at Apple Greens
Tee Times
Highland $29
One/East Course at Apple Greens
Tee Times
Highland $29
New Paltz Golf Course
Tee Times
New Paltz $20
Sunny Hill Resort
Tee Times
Greenville $14
Casperkill Golf Club
Tee Times
Poughkeepsie $31
Rainbow Golf Club Greenville $40
French Woods Golf Course Hancock $25
Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club
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Saugerties $25
McCann Golf Course Poughkeepsie $38 - $58
Winding Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $12
Thunderhart Golf Course at Sunny Hill
Tee Times
Freehold $20
College Hill Golf Course Poughkeepsie $11 - $26
Monster at Concord Resort Kiamesha Lake $45 - $65
Twaalfskill Golf Club Kingston $20 - $30
Hanah Mountain Resort & Country Club Margaretville $30 - $45
Meadows Golf Center Margaretville $10
Dinsmore Golf Course Staatsburg $22 - $46
Southern Dutchess Country Club Beacon $20 - $32
Hardwood Hills Golf Course Masonville $25
Hancock Golf Course Hancock $17
Dutchess Golf & Country Club Poughkeepsie $55
Edgewood Club of Tivoli Tivoli $10
Island Glen Country Club Bethel $18 - $20
Executive at Scott's Family Resort Deposit $17 - $20
Fishkill Golf Course Fishkill $18 - $38
International at Concord Resort Kiamesha Lake $35 - $45
Kutsher's Country Club Monticello $48
The Powelton Club Newburgh $80
Green Acres Kingston $14.00 - $27.00
Shawangunk Country Club Ellenville $11 - $25
Ingalside Resort Greenville N/A
Red at Nevele Grande Resort & Country Club Ellenville $35 - $75
Onteora Club Tannersville $85 - $90
Lochmor Golf Course Loch Sheldrake $23 - $41
The College Golf Course at Delhi Delhi $22 - $39
Mohonk Golf Course New Paltz $13 - $29
Scotts Corners Golf Course Montgomery $28 - $32
White at Nevele Grande Resort & Country Club Ellenville $35 - $75
Twin Village Golf Club Roscoe $8 - $20
Alapaha Golf Center Kingston $14 - $21
Colonial Country Club Tannersville $40 - $45
Main at Scott's Family Resort Deposit $17 - $20
Vassar Golf Course Poughkeepsie $11 - $25
Villa Roma's Golf Course Callicoon $55 - $60
Sullivan County Golf & Country Club Liberty $18 - $20
Catskill Golf Club Catskill $40
Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club Roscoe $22
Turtle Creek Golf Course Plattekill $15
Osiris Country Club Walden $40 - $49
Tarry Brae Golf Course South Fallsburg $39
Hudson Valley Resort Kerhonkson $34
Ouleout Creek Golf Course North Franklin $15
Valley at Christman's Windham House Windham $5 - $10
Sidney Golf Course Sidney $10 - $23
Swan Lake Golf Course Swan Lake $29
Windham Country Club Windham $25 - $47
Oneonta Country Club Oneonta $29 - $49
Vista Course at Grossinger Country Club Liberty $12 - $20
Mountain at Christman's Windham House Windham $14 - $20
Woodstock Golf Club Woodstock $26 - $45
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