Written by Jaynie Ellis
The Lake George Area is home to eight professionally manicured golf courses and resorts that are a putt above the rest. Nestled in beautiful Adirondack settings, towering pines throw shade onto green fairways where casual golfers can take some swings during a leisurely outing. Even the most practiced will get caught in some challenging hazards, meaning you’re bound to find a course on par with your skills. So, play a round of 18 holes then treat your golfing buddies to a round of drinks in the clubhouse. Ace your vacation, and schedule a tee time today!
Bay Meadows Golf Club
Bay Meadows Golf Club provides the opportunity to work on your game year-round. This extensive facility in Queensbury offers a 9-hole course, driving range, putting green, state-of-the art indoor golf simulators, and restaurant.
As soon as the snow melts, walk or ride the rolling greens of this par 35 course that are carefully tended to all season long. Three separate tee box locations offer different yardages and challenges. What sets this golf course, and all other courses in the Lake George Area, apart is the classic Adirondack scenery and natural features. Halfway Brook runs through the course at several locations and it is not uncommon to spot wildlife hiding out in the rough. When the flakes start flying again, keep improving your swing by transitioning to their state-of-the-art indoor PGA Golf Simulators. With the look and feel of real golf, you will have access to 80+ courses around the world.
“Not just for hungry golfers,” Bogey’s Pub & Grille at Bay Meadows has a casual dining atmosphere with elevated pub fare and a large assortment of local, domestic, and imported beers along with fine wines from around the world. The go-to spot after you’ve wrapped up nine holes, Bogey’s has also got you covered when want to treat your family to a delicious meal but don’t feel like cooking.
Cronin’s Golf Resort
Serving the Lake George Area for over 75 years, Cronin’s Golf Resort is a family-owned and operated golf course and lodging along the banks of the Hudson River.
If you’ve been searching for a golf-centered getaway, look no further than Cronin’s. Stay on site in their Adirondack-style accommodations – one, two, and three-bedroom cottages complete with fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and TV. The amenities will also exceed your expectations, like the inground swimming pool and basketball courts, along with other outdoor recreation opportunities like canoeing/row boating, hiking and fishing.
Start every morning of your vacation with a round of 18 or a few swings at the natural grass driving range, just steps away from your cottage or a quick drive into the Town of Warrensburg. Cronin’s Golf Course is a par 70, tucked into the Adirondack Mountains with glimpses of the Hudson River flowing alongside several of the fairways that you can walk or ride. You won’t be surprised to find out that this top-rated championship course was awarded the reader’s choice “Best of the Adirondacks” in Adirondack Life Magazine. Gain an advantage by visiting Cronin’s website first for a hole-by-hole virtual preview and pro tips that can help determine where to place your shot before even stepping foot on the course.
Green Mansions Golf Club
Just minutes from Main Street in the Town of Chester sits Green Mansions Golf Club, a smaller golf facility that locals and visitors alike frequent every season for their regular rounds of golf.
Reasonable rates and light traffic make this 9-hole, par 36 course and driving range a great place to learn the game; the very knowledgeable and helpful staff offer lessons for those who want to fine tune their skills. The course is well-groomed but also features some challenging terrain even for the most experienced golfers, such as the #8 hole known as “the volcano” – a demanding par 3 with an elevated tee to an elevated green. Walk, ride, or rent a pull-cart for your clubs. Green Mansions is especially picturesque during an upstate New York fall, when the course is bordered by fiery yellow, orange, and red leaves.
“The Mansions” also has a pro shop and clubhouse; sit down and tally up the scorecard while enjoying their small bar food and drinks menu.
Hiland Park Country Club
The Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury sets high standards for the sport of golf throughout the northeast region. Aside from the championship course, the grounds also include a driving range and an English-Tudor style clubhouse that houses the pro shop, banquet facility, and fine dining at the restaurant & pub.
On what was once a functioning and productive dairy farm, is now an exemplary 18-hole, par 72 golf course, designed by landowner Gary Bowen and architect Stephen Kay, with immaculate fairways and putting greens neighboring upscale homes. Three sets of tees and walk or ride options makes the course accessible to all skills levels. A full snack bar at the turn and beverage car attendants provide plenty of opportunities to refuel on ice cold drinks during the hottest days of summer.
Previously a host to the New York State Open, Hiland Park Country Club has received numerous accolades from Golf Advisor, the leading source of golf course rating and reviews. Among them are rankings within the 15 of Top Courses in New York, the Top 25 Friendliest Golf Courses in the U.S., the Top 25 Value Courses in the U.S., and the Top 25 Courses for Layout in the U.S.
Before or after hitting this award-winning course, you can work on your fundamentals at the covered and open-air driving range, two practice greens, and chipping area. Head to the fully stocked pro shop to purchase cutting-edge gear and speak with the on-site PGA staff. And, enjoy a sit-down meal or round of drinks at the Hiland Park Pub & Restaurant that is open to the public. The country club is also a renowned wedding venue, and the golf course is a stunning backdrop for picture-perfect moments while celebrating your big day.
Queensbury Country Club
A beautiful day of golf is waiting to be had at the Queensbury Country Club. On the border of Lake George and Queensbury, this is an exceptionally scenic and public course, in addition to a driving range, putting green, pro shop, kitchen, and bar/cocktail lounge.
Arrive early for your tee time at the Queensbury Country Club to work on your short and long game. Sink some putts to get a feel for the roll on their large practice green, or warm up your swing at the driving range – you want to be on your A-game for this round of 18. Picturesque views and classic adirondack scenery are guaranteed as you walk or ride to each hole of this well-groomed, par 70 course. The generous acres of open fairways are nestled between two gently sloping mountains in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Take a virtual course tour on their website before your outing. Queensbury Country Club also hosts a handful of tournaments each season, in addition to leagues that are great to participate in if you’re planning a summer-long getaway to the Lake George Area.
“You don’t have to be golfing to enjoy the 19th hole!” At Queensbury Country Club, a refreshing drink or something good to eat is always nearby. The kitchen is open Monday through Saturday, but you can order drinks at the full-service bar 7 days a week. When reaching the turn, golfers can stop at the Hotdog Shack for just one beer or a whole cooler full. And, don’t forget to drop-in at the pro shop for some high-quality apparel, accessories, and gift certificates for future rounds of golf to be enjoyed by friends or family.
Sagamore Golf Course
A legendary course designed by a legendary architect in the world of golf. The Sagamore Golf Course in Bolton Landing is the signature work of Donald Ross, and has been welcoming golfers for close to a century. On the pristine grounds you’ll also find a driving range and historic clubhouse, with an award-winning pro shop and The Club Grill Steakhouse.
Key elements of Ross’ architectural style have been woven throughout this championship-level, par 70 course. All 18 holes incorporate natural Adirondack beauty, like the wild meadows and hardwood forests that serve as fairway borders. Pre-exiting features make up the courses challenging hazards, while the undulating slope of the land yields fast greens that you can walk or ride. Hole #1 is one of the most photo-worthy and easily recognizable as it stretches out towards Lake George and the mountains in the distance.
Private one-on-one lessons are also available at the Sagamore Golf Club. Their expert staff can provide you with professional instruction to improve both the physical and mental aspects of your game, as well as equipment assessments and recommendations.
Wrap up a round of golf or golf lessons with a fine dining experience at The Club Grill Steakhouse. Open to the public as well, the dining room has stayed true to Ross’ original vision of rustic elegance and club-style ambiance of a bygone era. On the menu you’ll not only find premium steaks but fresh seafood and handcrafted cocktails as well. Ask the host about a table on the covered patio for unobstructed views overlooking the first tee box. From private tournaments and corporate events to bachelor parties and post-play receptions, the Sagamore Golf Course can also help you plan a golf gathering.
Enjoy everything the Sagamore properties have to offer by booking a tee time at the golf course and an overnight stay at The Sagamore Resort; guests can take the provided shuttle service between the two. Falling under the Sagamore name is both the mainland golf course and resort, also including amenities like tours aboard The Morgan, spa services, and several on-site dining options for an all-inclusive getaway on Green Island.
Sunnyside Par 3
Sunnyside Par 3 proudly boasts a course for golfers of all ages and skill levels, and an opportunity to see the fairways in a whole new light through night golfing from dusk to close. No tee time reservation required!
This executive 9-hole, par 27 golf course is a walking course only and kept in great shape. The topography is not too intimidating for amateur golfers, but still provides a challenge for pros. The landscape is nicely shaded and features one watering hole. Tucked away off a more residential route in Queensbury, Sunnyside is considered to be one of our hidden gems. Take a break from your busy vacation itinerary for some much-needed respite during a quick round or two.
From June 1st to August 31st, grab your golfing buddies and take a swing at a fun, new experience under the lights. Join their Friday Night Golf league, Monday Night Scramble, or men’s and women’s leagues. Sunnyside also offers lessons with Patrick Turley, their Director of Golf and accomplished PGA and LPGA caddy.
Sunnyside’s restaurant, fondly known as “The Par”, is a popular hangout for both golfers and non-golfers alike. They serve dinner specials and a bar menu, but returning patrons always rave about the pizza. The welcoming staff and clubhouse provide a great venue to host your private event or celebration.
Top of the World Golf Resort
Stay and play at Top of the World Golf Resort. This beautiful Adirondack inn and restaurant is full of rustic charm, with a public golf course that provides breathtaking views from the summit of French Mountain.
Top of the World Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 71, links course that is walk or ride. Carved into one of the Lake George Areas’ many mountains, it is often regarded as the “best-kept secret in the Adirondacks”. Be on top of your game while enjoying views that truly make you feel like you’re on top of the world. The grounds are immaculate and from certain angles it’s simply hard to tell where the lush greens drop off and the crystal-blue waters of Lake George begin.
The bed & breakfast is an original farmhouse with timeless country charm and rooms for every type of traveler. Wake up to a complimentary breakfast spread every morning before a walk through the garden or settling in on the lounge or terrace.
Top of the World Restaurant has an excellent fine dining menu full of options featuring fresh, local ingredients perfectly paired to create contemporary dishes. Open to the public as well, it is an intimate date night spot or an ideal place to hold your next occasion.
Speaking of, Top of the World can help you plan every aspect of your next corporate outing or charitable event from reserving a tee to time to minute details the day of. The vista from French Mountain is also a gorgeous backdrop for cherished memories and destination weddings booked here are always “un-fore-gettable”.