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