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