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Lake Placid golf course line-up, together with Olympic activities, creates unmatched vacation experiences 2-time major champion and 3-time Ryder Cupper Craig Wood, a Lake Placid native son, learned his craft right here in Lake Placid Lake Placid, N.Y. - The Lake Placid Olympic Region offers a unique combination of experiences not found in every destination resort, especially with the 2014 Winter Olympics approaching. Golfers who visit Lake Placid will be able to enjoy 90 holes within a 10 minute drive of the village and AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa. Our sister property, the Whiteface Club and Resort, just four miles from Mirror Lake Inn, features 18 holes recently ranked #12 in the state by Golfweek Magazine in its Top 15 Courses You Can Play in New York. Within an hour of our hotel, a player will find another 144 holes in communities such as Malone, Plattsburgh, Westport, Tupper Lake and Lake Clear. In all, the golf experience covers the gamut: mountain, links and parkland, and it is accessible. All of it is public, none of it private. Just pick up the phone and make your tee time. Honest. And it's all within the spectacular 46 Adirondack peaks. But golf is only part of the story. Remember. This is Olympic country. And you have to look long and far for the combination of extraordinary, unencumbered golf with the Olympic experience. It's right here, just five hours by car from New York and Boston, two and half hours from Albany and Montreal, and three hours from Syracuse and Ottawa. Lake Placid held the Winter Games in 1932 and 1980. It was on the latter occasion that we regaled in the momentous Miracle on Ice (Al Michaels' famous call on ABC Television, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"). That's when the U.S. hockey team defeated the Soviet juggernaut. The next Winter Olympics will be held in February in Sochi, Russia, and guess where many of our U.S. athletes train over the preceding summer months? If you come to Lake Placid to satisfy your jones for Adirondack Mountain golf, the village offers the Olympic legacy. You will be able to visit the Olympic Museum on Main Street in Lake Placid which includes a tribute to the 1980 American hockey team. Better yet, how about a guided walk through the arena that hosted the event? The tour is provided by members of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee and they spare none of the inside information. Don't forget to bring your skates because there is ice skating in the same building. But there's more. Let's suggest a round of golf each morning at one of our championship courses in Lake Placid designed by Scotsman Seymour Dunn, John Van Kleek, Walter Hagen or Canadian Graham Cooke. And remember....Lake Placid is the home of Craig Wood, the winner of the 1941 Masters and U.S. Open as well as 21 PGA Tour titles. One local track, Craig Wood Golf Course, bears his name. After lunch you can venture to the 1980 Olympic bobsled track, just five miles from Lake Placid, and jump in a sled for what has been called "The Champagne of Thrills." A certified driver and brakeman will take a twosome down the lower half mile of the course that saw East Germany break the mile-per-minute barrier during the 1980 Winter Olympics. You'll be in a sled on wheels, wearing a helmet, and getting a souvenir photo with your entire crew 40 seconds later at the conclusion of the run. Also, on Thursday afternoons at 4:30 in July and August, the U.S. Luge Team, based in Lake Placid offers rides and clinics for kids of all ages on wheeled sleds on a safe, closed road. Everyone has fun learning from national team coaches and athletes. In fact, if the team notices a youngster with particular talent, that youth will be invited to attend an on-ice camp next winter, with housing in the official U.S. Olympic Training Center. Who knows.....this could be the beginning of an Olympic career! But wait. We're just getting started. Play a different Lake Placid course on another morning and in the afternoon let experts train you in the art of biathlon. That's the Winter Olympic sport which combines cross country skiing with 22-calibre marksmanship. There will be no snow, but the targets will be up and you'll be taught how to shoot in the prone and standing positions. If you're lucky, one of our local Olympians, Tim Burke or Lowell Bailey, might just be there to give you some accuracy pointers. On yet a third day, preferably Wednesday, you will be able to couple morning golf with the Wet and Wild Wednesday afternoon freestyle skiing shows at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Grab some barbecue or a burger and sun yourself by the pool....literally. This is where world class freestyle skiers, residing in Lake Placid for summer and fall training, perfect the tricks that you will see this February in the 2014 Winter Games in Russia. The weekly July and August shows begin at 1:00 with athletes soaring off the kickers and launching 60 feet in the air, executing wrenching twists and flips with skis and ski boots, into a 750,000 gallon pool. The surface is aerated (bubbling) to cushion the impact. One of those practicing here all summer at the pool will be 2010 mogul skiing gold medalist Hannah Kearney as she prepares to defend her Olympic title. When not in training, you might very well bump into Hannah working on her game at the Lake Placid Club golf courses. Saturday afternoons at the same jumping venue there is a king-of-the-hill competition from the 90 meter ski jump. In this competition, as in golf, forget style points. Distance, in meters, is what matters. You must also make time to visit nearby Whiteface Mountain, site of the 1980 Olympic alpine skiing events. This is where you can take a breathtaking ride on the Cloudsplitter Gondola, and climb 2,500 vertical feet to the summit of Little Whiteface Mountain. Three miles down Route 86 from Whiteface Mountain, you can begin the eight-mile journey up the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway to the top of the New York's fifth highest peak. The views of the surrounding Adirondack High Peaks are unparalleled, and in the right conditions, a visitor can see into Montreal. Add it all up, and a Lake Placid getaway is perfect for golfers and non-golfers in the family. Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is a drive and a wedge from Main Street shopping and dining in the village. The resort property overlooks Mirror Lake and offers a private beach with complimentary boats. We also have three dining establishments on our seven acre property: the Four Diamond The View Restaurant along with Taste Bistro in our main hotel building, and the hearty pub at The Cottage Café which is also perched on Mirror Lake and offers indoor and outdoor service. Over the years, The Cottage has been the perfect location to enjoy food, beverages, and the swapping of golf stories with your newly-acquired Olympic knowledge.