Catskill, N.Y. - The Catskill Golf Club, a former membership course since 1928, located on Brooks Lane in Catskill, New York, is opening to the public for the first time today, May 1. Under new ownership and recently renovated, you can now "pay when you play" on one of the Hudson Valley's top 18 hole golf courses while experiencing the scenic beauty of the Northern Catskill Mountains. The pool and tennis facilities open June 1.
According to General Manager John W. Jones Jr., "We are thrilled to open this historic 18 hole course to the general public. Our philosophy is everyone should have access to what we offer. Our five year plan calls for an investment of half a million dollars in updating and enhancing the facilities, keeping the restaurant open year-round for special occasions, and building a year-round fitness center."
The original golf course layout, designed by James R. Thompson, was opened for play in 1927. This nine-hole design with alternating tees for front and back nines was unchanged until nine additional holes, designed by William Oettinger, were added in the late 1990s. A formal opening of the full 18 -hole layout occurred in 2000. The course occupies 141 acres in the Town of Catskill, 1 mile from Thruway exit 21.
The Club features the Fairways Grille, which can accommodate any post-golf respite, from libations to a casual lunch, dinner, or any formal occasion. According to Jones, "The restaurant will now be open year-round, catering to weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events." The fully air-conditioned party room is available for small or large groups from 10 to 100 people.
The Pro Shop carries equipment, clubs by Taylormade, Nike, Titleist, and Callaway/Odyssey and offers an online handicap maintenance system for those golfers wanting to keep their handicap updated. Trained staff also can offer tips on how to better play the course.
The Monday Night Ladies' League and the Wednesday Night Men's League will also be available to the Public. To tour the course, view daily rates, get directions, and find out about season passes and leagues, visit, www.catskillgolfclub.com, call (518) 943-0302, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.