Destination Guide

Destination: Finger Lakes

If ever there was a place to play where the quality of the golf experience far surpasses the amount you pay for green fees, it’s the Finger Lakes region in central New York.

Stretching from Rochester to Syracuse and south from the New York State Thruway, the Finger Lakes may get a bad rap for its long winters. But spring, summer and fall can be idyllic for golf, with its 11 glacial-cut lakes and more than 100 tidy vineyards unrolling a stunningly beautiful tableau.

Fairways roll over hills and along streams, cut through forests of tall hardwoods and pines, skirt rows of grapes and tumble down steep gorges. Golf courses range from perky par 3s and executive tracks to park courses and challenging championship layouts with designer pedigrees such as Robert Trent Jones, Geoffrey Cornish and Rees Jones. When Jones first came to the Bristol Harbour Golf Course site poised high above Canandaigua Lake more than 25 years ago, he said, "In all the world and of all the properties I’ve seen, this one has just been waiting for a golf course."

As you drive along Route 20, a convenient east-west conduit through the Finger Lakes, unless you happen to get behind a combine harvester or an Amish horse-driven carriage, you’ll move right along. You’ll pass Harvestore silos standing sentry over wheat and corn fields flowing like patchwork quilts over the terrain and drive through tidy villages such as Skaneateles and Seneca Falls whose names recall the American Indians of the Iroquois Confederacy who first lived here.

While off course, you can visit Corning with its mind-boggling Corning Glass Center and the well presented Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse telling the story of the 524-mile "Big Ditch" linking Lake Erie to the Hudson River. Catch the auto racing buzz at Watkins Glen and visit Elmira, former haunt of Mark Twain who once described golf as "a good walk spoiled." Take in free outdoor summer band concerts, theatrical productions and art shows; go sailing, kayaking and hiking or biking along a vast network of trails.

You won’t find much big-time nightlife in the Finger Lakes, and casino action and three fine courses -- including Tom Fazio’s Atunyote Golf Club, venue for a PGA tour event -- is all at Turning Stone Resort east of Syracuse. But if you’re looking to play golf, find a good steakhouse, historic inn or even a double-decker boat for dinner -- topping off the evening with a drink or two at a local pub -- you’re in the right place.

Stay in the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel on Seneca Lake, the historic Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles, the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars tucked into the vineyards, or opt for a no-nonsense motel or one of the many bed and breakfasts where your day may start with home-cooked blueberry pancakes and a fruit smoothie.

In the Finger Lakes, whatever you do, wherever you play, you’ll be refreshed and renewed. It’s that kind of place.

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Ravenwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Victor $20
Silver Creek Golf Course Waterloo $18 - $26
Walden Oaks Country Club Cortland $18
East Course at Rogues Roost
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Eagle Vale Golf Course Fairport $30
Seneca Lake Country Club Geneva $22 - $30
Vesper Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Tully $15
West at Churchville Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Churchville $12
Crooked Pines Golf Club Macedon $25
Charleston Pines Course at Lima Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lima $13
Old Hickory Golf Club Livonia $25
Mill Creek Golf Club Churchville $39 - $54
Bristol Harbour
Tee Times
Canandaigua $28
Hornell Golf Club
Tee Times
Hornell $12
Chili Country Club
Tee Times
Scottsville $13
Caledonia Country Club
Tee Times
Caledonia $17
Braemar Country Club
Tee Times
Spencerport $12
Meadowbrook Club Weedsport $9 - $15
Durand Eastman Golf Course
Tee Times
Rochester $12
Tecumseh Golf Club
Tee Times
Syracuse $12
Holley Brook Golf Course
Tee Times
Brockport $10
Fillmore Golf Club Locke $18
Salmon Creek Country Club Spencerport $23
Big Oak Golf Course
Tee Times
Geneva $12
Center Pointe Country Club Canandaigua $28 - $33
Front/Back at The Pheasant Golf Links
Tee Times
Shortsville $15
West Course at Rogues Roost
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Triple Creek Golf Club Nunda $10 - $15
South at Genesee Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Rochester $12
Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Golf Course
Tee Times
Fairport $8
North at Genesee Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Rochester $12
Livingston Country Club
Tee Times
Geneseo $12
Hillendale Golf Course Ithaca $21 - $53
Lyndon Golf Course
Tee Times
Fayetteville $10
East at Churchville Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Churchville $12
Island Oaks Course at Lima Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lima $13
Dutch Hollow Country Club Owasco $30 - $37
South at Churchville Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Churchville $12
Camillus Country Club
Tee Times
Camillus $22
Executive South Family Golf & Recreation Center Henrietta $8
Farview Golf Club Avon $15
Green Lakes State Park Golf Course Fayetteville $14 - $39
West Hill Golf & Country Club Camillus $11 - $16
Dryden Lake Golf Club Dryden $26
Woodcrest Golf Club Chittenango $12
Midvale Golf & Country Club Penfield $68
Foxfire at Village Green Baldwinsville $20
Delphi Falls Golf Course Delphi Falls $38 - $42
Parkview Fairways Victor $19
Wild Wood Country Club Rush $32
Ridgemont Country Club Rochester $60 - $70
Riverton Golf Club West Henrietta $31
Newman Golf Course Ithaca $13 - $16
Towne Isle Golf Club Kirkville $18
The Ridge Golf Club Chittenango $13
Country Club of Ithaca Ithaca $60
Lake Shore Yacht & Country Club Cicero $64
Winding Creek Golf Course Victor $14
Le Roy Country Club
Tee Times
Le Roy $10
New York Chiropractic College - Executive Links Course Seneca Falls $9
Sunnycrest Park Golf Course Syracuse $6
Mendon Golf Club Mendon $45 - $60
Rose Creek Golf Course Central Square $15 - $18
Par-3 at Mill Creek Golf Club Churchville $39 - $54
Roc at The Pheasant Golf Links Shortsville $15 - $22
Hickory Hill Golf Course Baldwinsville $17
Cranebrook Golf Course Auburn $17 - $18
Trumansburg Golf Club Trumansburg $21 - $35
Casol Wood Golf Club Canastota $17
Blue Heron Hills Country Club Macedon $29
Glenwood Golf Course & Driving Range West Monroe $36
Willowbrook Golf Club Cortland $16 - $27
Brook-Lea Country Club Rochester $73
Tamarack Golf Club Oswego $16 - $25
Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club Sodus Point $21 - $40
Riverside Country Club Central Square $27
Poolsbrook Golf Course Kirkville $32
Wa-Noa Golf Club East Syracuse $17
Clifton Springs Country Club Clifton Springs $48 - $59
Timber Banks Golf Club Baldwinsville $50
Skaneateles Country Club Skaneateles $65
West Course at Drumlins Golf Club Syracuse $25
Emerald Crest Golf Course Fulton $20 - $29
Conesus Golf Club Conesus $27
West Course at Oak Hill Country Club Rochester $175
Bellevue Golf & Country Club Syracuse $70
Greystone Golf Club Walworth $42 - $59
Cavalry Club Manlius $56
Evergreen Hills Golf Course Oswego N/A
Geneva Country Club Geneva $40 - $50
Wayne Hills Country Club Lyons $30 - $45
Southern Meadows Golf Club Rush $10
Locust Hill Country Club Pittsford $84
Owasco Country Club Auburn $42 - $52
Buttonwood Golf Course Spencerport $9
Liverpool Public Golf & Country Club Liverpool $20 - $25
Pearl Lakes Country Club Skaneateles $16
Watkins Glen Golf Course Watkins Glen $15 - $25
Tuscarora Golf Club Marcellus $40
Elm Tree Golf Course Cortland $16 - $30
RTJ Golf Course at Cornell University Ithaca $25 - $75
Reservoir Creek Golf Course Naples $18 - $42
East Course at Victor Hills Golf Club Victor $26
East Course at Deerfield Country Club Brockport $12
Streamside Campground & Country Club Pulaski $12.00 - $21.50
East at Oak Hill Country Club Rochester $175
Sonyea Golf Course Sonyea $7 - $12
Ozzie's Corner Golf Course Hamlin $23
Executive at Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club Penfield $12
Cedarview Golf Course Lansing $15 - $26
Pinewood Country Club Spencerport $10
St. John Fisher Golf Course Rochester $11
Monroe Golf Club Pittsford $75 - $80
Springbrook Greens State Golf Course Sterling $18 - $26
Irondequoit Country Club Rochester $80 - $85
Stone Creek Golf Club Oswego $12
Radisson Greens Golf Course Baldwinsville $25 - $40
Onondaga Golf and Country Club Fayetteville $60
Timber Ridge Golf Club Brockport $20
Arrowhead Golf Club Spencerport $12
Millstone Golf Course Elbridge $24 - $38
Majestic Hills Golf Course Naples $8 - $15
Battle Island State Park Golf Course Fulton $10 - $20
Cobblestone Creek Country Club Victor $74 - $80
East Course at Drumlins Golf Club Syracuse N/A
Pope's Grove Golf Course Syracuse $10
North Course at Deerfield Country Club Brockport $12
Grandview Farms Golf Course Berkshire $16 - $26
Northern Pines Golf Club Cicero $18
Marcellus Golf Club Marcellus $15 - $35
Twin Hickory Golf Club Hornell $15 - $29
Champion Hills Country Club Victor N/A
Main at Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club Penfield $26
South Course at Deerfield Country Club Brockport $12
Pompey Club Pompey $38
Cragie Brae Golf Club Scottsville $22
Cortland Country Club Cortland $45
Ontario Country Club Ontario $25 - $30
The Executive Course at Victor Hills Golf Club Victor $11
Woodlynn Hills Golf Course Nunda $12 - $24
Latta Lea Golf Club Rochester $9
Greenview at Greenview Country Club West Monroe $16
North Shore Golf Course Cleveland $15
Westvale Golf Club Camillus $16
Hickory Ridge Golf Course Cato $12
Bath Country Club Bath $30 - $45
Pines Golf Club Pulaski $30
Beaver Meadows Phoenix N/A
Cazenovia Golf Club Cazenovia $36
Canandaigua Country Club Canandaigua $42
Knickerbocker Country Club Cincinnatus $15 - $30
Port Bay Golf Course Wolcott $19
Lake Shore at Lake Shore Country Club Rochester $17 - $32
Lakeside Country Club Penn Yan $26 - $59
King Ferry Golf Club King Ferry $13
Apple Creek Country Club De Ruyter $11
Red Course at Ford Hill Country Club Whitney Point $10 - $17
Cazenovia Country Club Cazenovia $38
Lakeview Golf and Country Club Auburn $18 - $28
Orchard Vali Golf Club La Fayette $17
Championship at Arrowhead Golf Course East Syracuse $22 - $32
Hill-N-Dale Country Club Tully $22
Oswego Country Club Oswego $47
Stonehedges Golf Course Groton $18 - $30
Twin Hills Golf Course Spencerport $15 - $28
Perinton Golf & Country Club Fairport N/A
Island Valley Golf Course Fairport $12
Seneca Falls Country Club Seneca Falls $20
Pine Grove Health and Country Club Camillus $17
Butternut Creek Golf Course Jamesville $11
South Course at Victor Hills Golf Club Victor $26
Ironwood Golf and Country Club Baldwinsville $12 - $22
Country Club of Rochester Rochester $100
East Course at Webster Golf Club Webster $31
Green Valley at Greenview Country Club West Monroe $16
Brae Burn Golf Course Dansville $12 - $18
Burnet Park Golf Course Syracuse $6
Maple Hill Golf Club Marathon $16
Short at Arrowhead Golf Course East Syracuse $11 - $16
Penfield Country Club Penfield $57 - $67
Bonavista State Park Golf Course Ovid $12
North Course at Victor Hills Golf Club Victor $26
Shore Acres at Lake Shore Country Club Rochester $10
Links At Erie Village East Syracuse $24
Tanner Valley 18-Hole Course Syracuse $17
The Greens at Beaumont Brewerton $18
West Course at Webster Golf Club Webster $19.50
Wells College Golf Course Aurora $13 - $20
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