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