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