Autumn a Perfect Time to Visit and Play Golf In Ulster County, N.Y.
One of the best times of the year to visit Ulster County, N.Y. and enjoy all that this special section of the Empire State has to offer is autumn. The weather is beautiful, the trees turn to dazzling colors, and the golf courses are in great shape. Ulster County golf courses are in top condition. Oh yes, they offer great value for the discerning golfer.
“We have enjoyed gorgeous weather this year and all 12 of our public and daily-fee golf courses are in tremendous shape,” said Rick Remsnyder, Ulster County Tourism Director.
Ulster County has a wealth of great courses that are approachable for golfers of all abilities and feature friendly staffs and affordable greens fees. There are a number of premier hotels and bed and breakfast establishments where you can establish a base to enjoy outdoor activities such as hang-gliding, boating, sailing, fishing and rock climbing in addition to golf. Visitors come to this bucolic area of the Catskills for the slow, simple pace of life. There are local museums, woodland paths to walk, a mix of fine restaurants, shopping in the area’s many antique stores and eclectic art galleries and pottery shops.
Remsnyder said the Lazy Swan Golf and Country Club Village in Saugerties has been recognized as one of the best golf courses in the Northeast since it expanded from nine to 18 holes in the spring of 2012. Lazy Swan’s interesting mixture of long and short holes and breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountains has made it a popular choice for golfers of all skill levels.
“In a short time, Lazy Swan has established itself as a major player in the golf business,” Remsnyder said. “Golfers from the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey, Connecticut and Albany have found the course to be well-groomed and challenging. It was a hidden gem, but more and more golfers are discovering it on a daily basis.”
Mohonk Mountain House, a world-renowned five-star resort in New Paltz, has a Scottish-style nine-hole course that is open to the public. It may not be long but its tight fairways and sloping greens offer a challenge for even low-handicap golfers.
Rondout Golf Club, a scenic 18-hole semi-private course in Accord that is located halfway between Kingston and Ellenville, is known for its excellent conditioning.
Apple Greens Golf Course in Highland is always busy, as the 27-hole layout, which is located just five minutes from the New Paltz Exit on the New York State Thruway, continues to attract golfers from New York City and central and northern New Jersey who don’t mind driving more than an hour because there is no waiting and a quick pace of play.
Acclaimed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones designed the Fallsview Golf Course at the Honor’s Haven Resort and Spa in Ellenville, which has been the site of numerous professional and amateur tournaments.
For more information call 845-340-3568, or visit www.UlsterCountyAlive.com.