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