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