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