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