Lake Placid, N.Y. - Golfers are invited to swing into spring in the Adirondacks, where the season's brilliant greens, striking mountain scenery and challenging layouts await!
The Lake Placid region itself offers more than 90 holes of time-tested golf on century-old courses amidst the highest mountains in New York State. Here is a list to begin this season's scorecard collection:
Named for the awe-inspiring views of the mountain seen from its tree-lined fairways, the historic Whiteface Club is a favorite challenge for locals and visitors.
• Serious Golfer Intel: Recent thinning of underbrush in wooded areas will benefit those with a less-than-straight drive, and some will enjoy the addition of forward tees in support of the "Tee it forward" movement. A visit to the pro shop might reward one with a visit with longtime PGA pro and Adirondack golf historian J. Peter Martin.
Craig Wood Golf Club, designed by Seymour Dunn in 1925, is a carefully maintained municipal course strategically carved into the Adirondack countryside just minutes south of the village of Lake Placid.
• Serious Golfer Intel: Some of the front 9 undulating greens will test even the very best putters, and the 13th hole might be one of the most challenging and rewarding par 3 one ever plays.
The Lake Placid Club offers a trio of courses right in the village, including the signature Links course, representing Scottish Links-style golf, the smaller greens and tree-lined fairways of the Mountain Course, and the popular Pristine Nine.
• Serious Golfer Intel: The Lake Placid Club's Mountain Course boasts the only back-to-back over 600 yard par 5's in the world, only to be followed up with a 280 yard par 3 requiring a 220 yard carry from the tee. Links Course additions include a new tee on 17 that makes it a drivable par 4, while number 10 is now rarely reachable in two at 495 yards into the prevailing wind.
The Saranac Inn Golf Course, located near Saranac Lake, has a reputation as one of the most perfectly manicured and challenging courses in the northeast, with bent grass tees, tight lush fairways and deep-bunkered undulating greens.
• Serious Golfer Intel: The course has incorporated a greens roller into their regular course maintenance - so the greens are not only undulating, but very fast and true.
• The 9-hole High Peaks Golf Course in Newcomb, in contrast to the many century-old courses in the region, had its ribbon cutting in 2005. With elevated greens and creatively-placed hazards, this relatively new course is both stunning and challenging!
• The Inlet Golf Club is a meticulously maintained, scenic course offers a combination of both wide and narrow fairways. Located along Sixth Lake in the heart of the Adirondacks, the Inlet Golf Club is one of the area favorites.
• The Tupper Lake Golf and Country Club was designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1932. This course offers challenging, mountainous terrain and small greens.
• Westport Country Club is a historic 18-hole must-play. Located on the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain, this gorgeous championship course opens early in spring.
Make time to explore the many other public courses in the region, including 9-hole favorites such as the Cobble Hill Golf Course in Elizabethtown, the Saranac Lake Golf Club, the Moriah Golf and Country Club, the Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent, the Willsboro Golf Club, the Schroon Lake Golf Course and the beautiful 18-hole Ticonderoga Country Club.
Stay and Play
Tremendous early season golf and stay packages are available now, with amazing value-added options from mid-week pricing to including unlimited golf. http://www.lakeplacid.com/packages/category/golfing
Of course, non-, or apres-golf activities abound as well, including hiking, biking, paddling, historic sites, natural wonders, a wide range of dining and alpine streets lined with shopping prospects - to name just a few.
The region is easily accessed by car, and worth the scenic drive! Lake Placid, N.Y. is a 5 hour drive from the New York City metro area, two hours from Montreal and from Albany and 5.5 hours from Buffalo.
For links to more information about all of these links, visit www.lakeplacid.com.
PHOTO: The Whiteface Club in Lake Placid is one of many historic championship courses in the Adirondacks.
Kim Rielly, director of communications
Lake Placid CVB /
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism
@krielly @LakePlacidADK G+