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 $20
Le Roy Country Club
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Le Roy $10
Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Golf Course
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Fairport $8
Salmon Creek Country Club Spencerport $23
East at Churchville Park Golf Course
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Churchville $8.95
Crooked Pines Golf Club Macedon $25
Tecumseh Golf Club
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Syracuse $12
Center Pointe Country Club Canandaigua $28 - $33
Silver Creek Golf Course Waterloo $18 - $26
Old Hickory Golf Club Livonia $25
West at Churchville Park Golf Course
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Churchville $8.95
West Course at Rogues Roost
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Bridgeport $10
Triple Creek Golf Club Nunda $10 - $15
Livingston Country Club
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Geneseo $12
Bristol Harbour
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Canandaigua $28
South at Churchville Park Golf Course
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Churchville $8.95
Durand Eastman Golf Course
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Rochester $8.95
Camillus Country Club
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Camillus $14
Braemar Country Club
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Spencerport $15
Island Oaks Course at Lima Golf & Country Club
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Lima $12
Eagle Vale Golf Course Fairport $30
Hillendale Golf Course Ithaca $21 - $53
South at Genesee Valley Golf Course
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Rochester $15
North at Genesee Valley Golf Course
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Rochester $8.95
Big Oak Golf Course
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Geneva $12
Chili Country Club
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Scottsville $14
Charleston Pines Course at Lima Golf & Country Club
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Lima $12
Seneca Lake Country Club Geneva $22 - $30
East Course at Rogues Roost
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Bridgeport $10
Front/Back at The Pheasant Golf Links
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Shortsville $13
Fillmore Golf Club Locke $18
Hornell Country Club
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Hornell $16
Holley Brook Golf Course
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Brockport $10
Caledonia Country Club
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Caledonia $13
Vesper Hills Golf Club
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Tully $10
Lyndon Golf Course
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Fayetteville $5.95
Walden Oaks Country Club Cortland $18
Dutch Hollow Country Club Owasco $30 - $37
Meadowbrook Club Weedsport $9 - $15
Millstone Golf Course Elbridge $24 - $38
Pinewood Country Club Spencerport $10
Seneca Falls Country Club Seneca Falls $20
RTJ Golf Course at Cornell University Ithaca $25 - $75
Champion Hills Country Club Victor N/A
Foxfire at Village Green Baldwinsville $20
Beaver Meadows Phoenix N/A
Grandview Farms Golf Course Berkshire $16 - $26
Marcellus Golf Club Marcellus $15 - $35
Ridgemont Country Club Rochester $60 - $70
North Shore Golf Course Cleveland $15
Pines Golf Club Pulaski $30
Canandaigua Country Club Canandaigua $42
Oswego Country Club Oswego $47
Streamside Campground & Country Club Pulaski $12.00 - $21.50
Newman Golf Course Ithaca $13 - $16
Pearl Lakes Country Club Skaneateles $15
West Hill Golf & Country Club Camillus $11 - $16
Country Club of Ithaca Ithaca $60
Ontario Country Club Ontario $25 - $30
Executive South Family Golf & Recreation Center Henrietta $8
Cazenovia Country Club Cazenovia $38
Timber Banks Golf Club Baldwinsville $50
Radisson Greens Golf Course Baldwinsville $25 - $40
Wells College Golf Course Aurora $13 - $20
Lakeside Country Club Penn Yan $26 - $59
Green Lakes State Park Golf Course Fayetteville $14 - $39
Bonavista State Park Golf Course Ovid $12
Clifton Springs Country Club Clifton Springs $48 - $59
Woodcrest Golf Club Chittenango $12
Brook-Lea Country Club Rochester $73
Skaneateles Country Club Skaneateles $65
Bellevue Golf & Country Club Syracuse $70
Sonyea Golf Course Sonyea $7 - $12
Hill-N-Dale Country Club Tully $22
Beard's Creek Leicester $12
Stone Creek Golf Club Oswego $12
Casol Wood Golf Club Canastota $17
Winding Creek Golf Course Victor $14
King Ferry Golf Club King Ferry $13
Wild Wood Country Club Rush $32
Orchard Vali Golf Club La Fayette $17
Rose Creek Golf Course Central Square $15 - $18
Island Valley Golf Course Fairport $12
Bath Country Club Bath $30 - $45
Majestic Hills Golf Course Naples $8 - $15
Owasco Country Club Auburn $42 - $52
Irondequoit Country Club Rochester $80 - $85
Liverpool Public Golf & Country Club Liverpool $20 - $25
Cragie Brae Golf Club Scottsville $22
Mendon Golf Club Mendon $45 - $60
The Greens at Beaumont Brewerton $18
Green Valley at Greenview Country Club West Monroe $16
Hickory Ridge Golf Course Cato $12
Willowbrook Golf Club Cortland $16 - $27
Cortland Country Club Cortland $45
Knickerbocker Country Club Cincinnatus $15 - $30
Red Course at Ford Hill Country Club Whitney Point $10 - $17
Brae Burn Golf Course Dansville $12 - $18
Dryden Lake Golf Club Dryden $26
West Course at Webster Golf Club Webster $19.50
Taranwould Golf Course Newark $28
Onondaga Golf and Country Club Fayetteville $60
West Course at Drumlins Golf Club Syracuse $25
Roc at The Pheasant Golf Links Shortsville $15 - $22
Delphi Falls Golf Course Delphi Falls $38 - $42
Shore Acres at Lake Shore Country Club Rochester $10
East Course at Drumlins Golf Club Syracuse N/A
Reservoir Creek Golf Course Naples $18 - $42
Cranebrook Golf Course Auburn $17 - $18
Cedarview Golf Course Lansing $15 - $26
Lake Shore Yacht & Country Club Cicero $64
Tuscarora Golf Club Marcellus $40
Greenview at Greenview Country Club West Monroe $16
Riverton Golf Club West Henrietta $31
Cavalry Club Manlius $56
Tanner Valley 18-Hole Course Syracuse $17
Wa-Noa Golf Club East Syracuse $17
Penfield Country Club Penfield $57 - $67
Wayne Hills Country Club Lyons $30 - $45
Hickory Hill Golf Course Baldwinsville $17
East Course at Victor Hills Golf Club Victor $26
Ironwood Golf and Country Club Baldwinsville $12 - $22
South Course at Victor Hills Golf Club Victor $26
Fox Run Golf Course Rock Stream $17
Blue Heron Hills Country Club Macedon $29
Port Bay Golf Course Wolcott $19
Par-3 at Mill Creek Golf Club Churchville $39 - $54
Southern Meadows Golf Club Rush $10
Monroe Golf Club Pittsford $75 - $80
Elm Tree Golf Course Cortland $16 - $30
Shadow Pines Golf Club Penfield $38 - $45
Cazenovia Golf Club Cazenovia $36
Greystone Golf Club Walworth $42 - $59
Midvale Golf & Country Club Penfield $68
The Ridge Golf Club Chittenango $13
Parkview Fairways Victor $19
Latta Lea Golf Club Rochester $9
Burnet Park Golf Course Syracuse $6
Timber Ridge Golf Club Brockport $20
Riverside Country Club Central Square $27
Main at Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club Penfield $26
Woodlynn Hills Golf Course Nunda $12 - $24
Championship at Arrowhead Golf Course East Syracuse $22 - $32
Twin Hills Golf Course Spencerport $15 - $28
Buttonwood Golf Course Spencerport $9
Towne Isle Golf Club Kirkville $18
Ozzie's Corner Golf Course Hamlin $23
Poolsbrook Golf Course Kirkville $32
Tamarack Golf Club Oswego $16 - $25
North Course at Deerfield Country Club Brockport $12
Perinton Golf & Country Club Fairport N/A
Twin Hickory Golf Club Hornell $15 - $29
East Course at Webster Golf Club Webster $31
Evergreen Hills Golf Course Oswego N/A
Watkins Glen Golf Course Watkins Glen $15 - $25
East at Oak Hill Country Club Rochester $175
Stonehedges Golf Course Groton $18 - $30
St. John Fisher Golf Course Rochester $11
Locust Hill Country Club Pittsford $84
Emerald Crest Golf Course Fulton $20 - $29
South Course at Deerfield Country Club Brockport $12
Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club Sodus Point $21 - $40
Pompey Club Pompey $38
Links At Erie Village East Syracuse $24
Glenwood Golf Course & Driving Range West Monroe $36
Sunnycrest Park Golf Course Syracuse $6
Conesus Golf Club Conesus $27
Country Club of Rochester Rochester $100
New York Chiropractic College - Executive Links Course Seneca Falls $9
Battle Island State Park Golf Course Fulton $10 - $20
Trumansburg Golf Club Trumansburg $21 - $35
Arrowhead Golf Club Spencerport $12
Pope's Grove Golf Course Syracuse $10
Springbrook Greens State Golf Course Sterling $18 - $26
Mill Creek Golf Club Churchville $39 - $54
Executive at Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club Penfield $12
North Course at Victor Hills Golf Club Victor $26
Lakeview Golf and Country Club Auburn $18 - $28
West Course at Oak Hill Country Club Rochester $175
Butternut Creek Golf Course Jamesville $11
Pine Grove Health and Country Club Camillus $17
Lake Shore at Lake Shore Country Club Rochester $17 - $32
Short at Arrowhead Golf Course East Syracuse $11 - $16
The Executive Course at Victor Hills Golf Club Victor $11
Geneva Country Club Geneva $40 - $50
Farview Golf Club Avon $15
East Course at Deerfield Country Club Brockport $12
Maple Hill Golf Club Marathon $16
Apple Creek Country Club De Ruyter $11
Westvale Golf Club Camillus $16
Cobblestone Creek Country Club Victor $74 - $80
Northern Pines Golf Club Cicero $18
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