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