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