Things to do in the Catskills – Golfing

The next time you are traveling to the Catskills region of New York, make sure to bring along your golf clubs for the opportunity to tee it up at a number of world-class courses.  This area has a number of layouts that will not only challenge your game, but will do so without breaking the bank.

Built in 1986, Villa Roma’s golf course is one of the newest in the area.  Over the course of nearly 30 years, this par 71, 6,514-yard layout has matured and is now known for having some of the finest fairways and greens in the Catskills.  Don’t let the sub-7,000 yard distance fool you into thinking that you’re embarking on an easy and leisurely round of golf.  Take the #1 Handicap hole for example.  It’s not often you see a Par 5 ranking as the most difficult hole on the course, but this 533-yard uphill behemoth will have you reconsidering your club choice from tee to green.  Elevation plays a role on the Par 3 13th hole as well.  The scorecard reads 174 yards from the tips, but you’ll want to take at least one club less than normal as the green sits well below all four sets of tees.  You’ll have all you can handle with the undulations of the greens on the Front 9, before the course starts to lengthen on the Back 9.  The best part about playing at Villa Roma is the opportunity to take advantage of great Stay-and-Play rates starting at $175 for your Midweek In-Season golf trip and $195 for your weekend getaway!

Gossinger Country Club, located in Liberty, opened in 1925.  Designed by A.W. Tillinghast and renovated by Joe Finger, the crown jewel of this club is the Big G Course.  Measuring just over 7,000 yards from the tips, this par 71 layout has a 139 slope rating that is sure to challenge even the most seasoned of golfers.  Finger took advantage of a beautiful piece of land full of natural elevation changes, lakes, creeks, and hardwood trees, and found a way to reward shot making and ball flight as opposed to brute strength.  Try to score on the reachable par 5’s, especially one of the area’s most recognizable holes, No. 13, one of the original holes to have an island green.

With a name like the Monster, you know that the Concord Resort course is going to be a challenge.  Joe Finger, who did some work on the Big G course, also designed the Monster at Concord Resort.  The course opened in 1963, and has been intimidating golfers of all skill levels ever since.  Measuring 7,650 from the “Monster Tees” with a slope rating of 137 and course rating of 76.8, this is certainly not a layout for first-timers, but for those who are looking for a true test of golf.  Extensive bunkering and a variety of water hazards ensure that the length of this course is not the only thing on your mind during your round.  In fact, the course was built amid eight large lakes and Kiamesha Creek and water is in play on nine holes.  In addition seven of the 10 par-4’s on the course measure over 410 yards, and both par-3’s on the Front 9 measure over 207 yards offering a challenge for everyone who tees it up.