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