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