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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Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Saugerties $25
Rondout Golf Club
Tee Times
Accord $27
Two/East Course at Apple Greens
Tee Times
Highland $29
One/East Course at Apple Greens
Tee Times
Highland $29
Shephard Hills Golf Club Roxbury $10
McCann Golf Course Poughkeepsie $38 - $58
Casperkill Golf Club
Tee Times
Poughkeepsie $31
Big G Course at Grossinger Country Club Liberty $35 - $65
Rip Van Winkle Country Club Palenville $15
One/Two Course at Apple Greens
Tee Times
Highland $29
New Paltz Golf Course
Tee Times
New Paltz $20
Thunderhart Golf Course at Sunny Hill
Tee Times
Freehold $20
Honor's Haven Resort & Spa
Tee Times
Ellenville $10
Blackhead Mountain Round Top $15 - $52
Wiltwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingston $30
French Woods Golf Course Hancock $25
Rainbow Golf Club Greenville $40
Stone Dock Golf Club
Tee Times
High Falls $12
Stamford Golf Club Stamford $20 - $28
Sunny Hill Resort
Tee Times
Greenville $14
Winding Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $12
Dutchess Golf & Country Club Poughkeepsie $55
Ouleout Creek Golf Course North Franklin $15
The College Golf Course at Delhi Delhi $22 - $39
White at Nevele Grande Resort & Country Club Ellenville $35 - $75
Sullivan County Golf & Country Club Liberty $18 - $20
Vista Course at Grossinger Country Club Liberty $12 - $20
Alapaha Golf Center Kingston $14 - $21
Lochmor Golf Course Loch Sheldrake $23 - $41
Hancock Golf Course Hancock $17
Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club Roscoe $22
Fishkill Golf Course Fishkill $18 - $38
Twaalfskill Golf Club Kingston $20 - $30
Mohonk Golf Course New Paltz $13 - $29
Windham Country Club Windham $25 - $47
Turtle Creek Golf Course Plattekill $15
Mountain at Christman's Windham House Windham $14 - $20
Edgewood Club of Tivoli Tivoli $10
Scotts Corners Golf Course Montgomery $28 - $32
Woodstock Golf Club Woodstock $26 - $45
Executive at Scott's Family Resort Deposit $17 - $20
Twin Village Golf Club Roscoe $8 - $20
Hanah Mountain Resort & Country Club Margaretville $30 - $45
International at Concord Resort Kiamesha Lake $35 - $45
Vassar Golf Course Poughkeepsie $11 - $25
Green Acres Kingston $14.00 - $27.00
Hudson Valley Resort Kerhonkson $34
Dinsmore Golf Course Staatsburg $22 - $46
Mill Creek Golf Club Marlboro $31 - $35
Villa Roma's Golf Course Callicoon $55 - $60
Kutsher's Country Club Monticello less than $50
Hardwood Hills Golf Course Masonville $25
Valley at Christman's Windham House Windham $5 - $10
Osiris Country Club Walden $40 - $49
Island Glen Country Club Bethel $18 - $20
College Hill Golf Course Poughkeepsie $11 - $26
Monster at Concord Resort Kiamesha Lake $45 - $65
Main at Scott's Family Resort Deposit $17 - $20
Onteora Club Tannersville $85 - $90
Colonial Country Club Tannersville $40 - $45
The Powelton Club Newburgh $80
Meadows Golf Center Margaretville $10
Sidney Golf Course Sidney $10 - $23
Red at Nevele Grande Resort & Country Club Ellenville $35 - $75
Oneonta Country Club Oneonta $29 - $49
Shawangunk Country Club Ellenville $11 - $25
Ingalside Resort Greenville N/A
Southern Dutchess Country Club Beacon $20 - $32
Swan Lake Golf Course Swan Lake $29
Catskill Golf Club Catskill $40
Tarry Brae Golf Course South Fallsburg $39
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