Destination Guide

Destination: Southern Tier

New York State's Southern Tier runs from Binghamton to Olean reaching into the northernmost Appalachias. The region is largely rural with farms and towns so small you barely slow down as you drive through, while cities that developed along rivers are larger, including Binghamton and Owego on the Susquehanna, Corning and Elmira on the Chemung and Olean on the Alleghany.

For its relatively rustic setting, the Southern Tier has a remarkable collection of close to 20 superb public golf courses flowing over a landscape of rolling hills, ravines, forests, rivers and lakes. Most courses are located in the eastern part of the region.

Highly rated tracks include the Conklin Players Club that opened in 1991 getting high marks for its bentgrass greens, tees and fairways; Ely Park Golf Course set on the top of a mountain; and Endwell Greens Golf Club in Endicott.

Set along the Susquehanna in Apalachin, The Links at Hiawatha Landing, designed by Brian Silva and Mark Mungeam, is characterized by ornamental grasses and sweeping bunkers and for beautiful lake views there is Ford Hill Club Golf Course overlooking the Whitney Point Reservoir.

En-Joie Golf Club, dating from 1927 when the cost of a round was $.25, was renovated in 1998 by Michael Hurdzan with large elevated greens and big bunker complexes. En-Joie has been the venue for PGA's BC Open and most recently for Dick's Sporting Goods Open, a Champions Tour stop.

As you travel through the Southern Tier, you'll notice names like Genesee and Owego that are derived from the Iroquois who once dominated the area. The arrival of railroads brought prosperity to the region but the economy eventually slowed. Still some places have remained strong such as Corning thanks to the Corning Museum of Glass and Binghamton, the largest city in the Southern Tier and Owego on the banks of the Susquehanna, cities that are reinventing themselves.

For pure Americana, go to Owego -- voted the "coolest small town in America" (Budget Magazine 2009) -- and check out Binghamton's ornate six-story Kimmer Building. Former headquarters for "Swamp Root" during the early 1900s, the building is now home to a bistro-style restaurant and The Goldsmith, an upscale retailer selling an amazing collection of hand-crafted and designer jewelry and gifts presented in a burnished classy space.

Fans of Huck Finn and Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) should visit Elmira where the famous author spent his summers. Just overlook that he derided golf as "a good walk spoiled," and tour his library located on the Elmira College campus

As the farm-to-table movement grows in the Southern Tier, farmers markets thrive here during the summer, and breweries like Southern Tier Brewing Company are producing some very fine craft beers. Like wine? More than 100 wineries are just to the north in the Finger Lakes.

Stay in one of the chain hotels, a B&B or an inn. Some are located adjacent to golf courses like the well equipped Bass Cabins nestled along the fairways of French Woods Golf Course in Hancock; The Inn at Endwell Greens and the Farmhouse in Endicott, next to Endwell Greens Golf Course; and Traditions at the Glen Resort and Conference Center with a classic layout by John Van Kleek, a spa and a 41-room hotel and event center.

In the Southern Tier, golf is good, it's affordable and you don't have to know the owner to get a tee time.

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The Links at Hiawatha Landing
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Apalachin $15
Holland Hills Country Club
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Colden $10
Stamford Golf Club Stamford $20 - $28
Belden Hill Golf Course Harpursville $20
Mark Twain Golf Course
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Elmira Heights $22
Endwell Greens Golf Club Endicott $25
Triple Creek Golf Club Nunda $10 - $15
Hillendale Golf Course Ithaca $21 - $53
Shephard Hills Golf Club Roxbury $10
Traditions At the Glen
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Johnson City $10
Tioga Country Club Nichols $20
Golden Oaks Golf Club Windsor $18 - $27
Hornell Country Club
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Hornell $26
Dimmock Hill Golf Course Binghamton $14
The Club at Shepard Hills
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Waverly $10
Walden Oaks Country Club Cortland $18
Reservoir Creek Golf Course Naples $18 - $42
Fox Run Golf Course Rock Stream $17
Bolivar Golf Club Bolivar $25
Afton Golf Club Afton $20 - $28
Apalachin Golf Course Apalachin $24
Red Course at Ford Hill Country Club Whitney Point $10 - $17
Chemung Golf Course Waverly $16 - $23
Colonial Ridge Golf Laurens $15
RTJ Golf Course at Cornell University Ithaca $25 - $75
Willowbrook Golf Club Cortland $16 - $27
White Course at Ford Hill Country Club Whitney Point $10 - $17
Turkey Run Golf Club Arcade $13 - $19
Serenity Hill Golf Course Friendship $13
Bartlett Country Club Olean $48
Elm Tree Golf Course Cortland $16 - $30
Gowanda Country Club Collins $42
Edgewood Golf Course Laurens $8 - $12
Eden Valley Golf Course Eden $18
Pinnacle State Park and Golf Course Addison $12 - $24
Rolling Hills Golf Course Chaffee $11
Springville Country Club Springville $30 - $50
Catatonk Golf Club Candor $15 - $28
River Run Golf Links Kirkwood $12 - $19
Bitter Creek Course at Willowcreek Golf Club Big Flats $33 - $37
Sidney Golf Course Sidney $10 - $23
Soaring Eagles Golf Course Horseheads $7 - $51
Vestal Hills Country Club Binghamton $54
Binghamton Country Club Endwell $40 - $65
Oneonta Country Club Oneonta $29 - $49
Genegantslet Golf Club Greene $21
Watkins Glen Golf Course Watkins Glen $15 - $25
Elkdale Country Club Salamanca $33 - $49
Stonehedges Golf Course Groton $18 - $30
Allegany Hills Golf Course Cuba $20 - $30
Indian Hills State Golf Course Painted Post $25 - $53
En-Joie Golf Club Endicott $20 - $49
Lakeside Country Club Penn Yan $26 - $59
Butternut Valley Golf New Berlin $8
Chenango Commons Golf Course Binghamton N/A
Hollybrook Country Club Spencer $22 - $28
Spruce Ridge Golf Course Arcade $10 - $25
Canasawacta Country Club Norwich $14 - $50
St. Bonaventure Golf Club St. Bonaventure $14 - $26
West Course at Waterways Golf Resort Belfast $14
Witch Golf Course at Fire Fox Resorts Lisle $18 - $40
Willows Course at Willowcreek Golf Club Big Flats $33 - $37
The College Golf Course at Delhi Delhi $22 - $39
Trumansburg Golf Club Trumansburg $21 - $35
Chenango Valley State Park Golf Course Chenango Forks $12 - $46
Birch Run Country Club Allegany $12 - $20
Brae Burn Golf Course Dansville $12 - $18
Concord Crest Golf Course East Concord $17
Hardwood Hills Golf Course Masonville $25
DJ's Golf Center Par-3 Waverly $7 - $8
Double Black Diamond at Holiday Valley Resort Ellicottville $25 - $52
Crestview Heights Golf West Oneonta $10 - $18
Sundown Golf & Country Club Bainbridge $18
Circle R Golf Course Beaver Dams $8.50
Pines Course at Willowcreek Golf Club Big Flats $33 - $37
Grandview Golf Course Angola $20 - $22
Newman Golf Course Ithaca $13 - $16
Hanah Mountain Resort & Country Club Margaretville $30 - $45
Bath Country Club Bath $30 - $45
Knickerbocker Country Club Cincinnatus $15 - $30
Wellsville Country Club Wellsville $20 - $32
East Course at Waterways Golf Resort Belfast $14
Orange Course at Ford Hill Country Club Whitney Point $10 - $17
Cedarview Golf Course Lansing $15 - $26
Cortland Country Club Cortland $45
Rolling Acres Golf Course Pike $9 - $29
Ely Park Golf Course Binghamton $15 - $26
Ouleout Creek Golf Course North Franklin $15
Dryden Lake Golf Club Dryden $26
Ischua Valley Country Club Franklinville $16 - $20
Blue Stone Golf Club Oxford $20 - $40
Executive at Scott's Family Resort Deposit $17 - $20
Country Club of Ithaca Ithaca $60
Twin Hickory Golf Club Hornell $15 - $29
Elmira Country Club Elmira $66
Main at Scott's Family Resort Deposit $17 - $20
Maple Hill Golf Club Marathon $16
Cardinal Hills Golf Course Randolph $15 - $28
Woodlynn Hills Golf Course Nunda $12 - $24
Corning Country Club Corning $72
Conklin Players Club Conklin $42 - $52
Grandview Farms Golf Course Berkshire $16 - $26
Blue Course at Ford Hill Country Club Whitney Point $10 - $17
Newark Valley Golf Club Newark Valley $15 - $29
Meadows Golf Center Margaretville $10
Pheasant Hill Country Club Owego $20 - $30
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