New York

Bluff Point is an anomaly among publicly accessible golf courses. First, it is one of the oldest courses in America, the fourth oldest if you count its opening year (1890) and ignore its original number of holes, just three. (Three nine-hole courses preceded Bluff Point by a few years.) Bluff Point did not offer a full 18 holes until 1899. Typically, ultra-private courses like Augusta National serve as hosts to U.S. Presidents, but publicly accessible Bluff Point can count three of them – ...
Read more: Bluff Point Golf Resort, Plattsburgh, NY

I wanted to love North Country Club after my check-in at the pro shop. When I paid the modest $30 green fee, cart included, I had no idea whether I would be matched up with another single or a group or play by myself. “Is there a starter out there?” I asked the gentleman who processed my credit card. “I’m the starter,” he said, with a smile and a wink at the guy he had been talking to when I came in. “And the manager, the cart guy and the all-around boss.” “The owner too?” ...
Read more: North Country Golf Club, Rouses Point, NY

Every year, I try to make a pilgrimage to Copake.  I say “pilgrimage” because it is about three hours round trip from my Connecticut home, with no direct route.  US Highway 44 is one of those old east-west routes that circumvent the mountains of western Connecticut and, therefore, at a few spots turn north or south for a while. No matter, the trip to this out of the way gem golf course is worth it, and there is a terrific bakery about halfway there that is my customary stop for ...
Read more: Copake Country Club
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