The sprawling county, which is geographically the size of the state of Rhode Island, is known for having 12 of the best and most picturesque daily-fee golf courses in New York. Golfers from all over New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania come to play a variety of courses that are in excellent shape, are very affordable and offer little or no waiting to play.
One of the truly amazing success stories is what has happened in Saugerties with the course built by Dr. Anthony Bacchi. Lazy Swan Golf and Country Club Village expanded from nine to 18 holes in the spring of 2012 and has become a regular stop for golfers who enjoy the 6,400-yard course with magnificent views of the nearby Catskill Mountains.
“We’re located just a couple of minutes off the New York State Thruway,” Lazy Swan pro Steve Simeon said. “People love that the course is well-groomed, challenging and offers a variety of stunning golf holes.”
Bacchi took a chance when he opened a nine-hole golf course in 2005 amid rather unsettling economic times. While courses around the country were closing, Bacchi had a vision that if he built a quality product people would come. His risk has paid off handsomely.
Rondout Golf Club, a scenic 18-hole semi-private course in Accord, is known for its many risk-reward holes with several streams and man-made lakes on the property.
“It’s a fun course to play with the opportunity to make birdies if you hit good shots,” Rondout pro John DeForest said.
Apple Greens Golf Course in Highland is a 27-hole layout, which is located just five minutes from Exit 18 on the New York State Thruway. It attracts golfers from the New York City metropolitan area who don’t mind driving more than an hour because there is no waiting and a quick pace of play. Golfers often pick a few apples during their rounds because the course is cut right out of an apple orchard.
Acclaimed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones designed the Fallsview Golf Course at the Honor’s Haven Resort and Spa in Ellenville, which has been the site of numerous professional and amateur tournaments.
The 18-hole Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson is a well-groomed, 6,350-yard par- 71 course that was redesigned in the 1990s. It features magnificent views of the Catskills, Slide Mountain and the Shawangunk Mountain range.
The variety of golf is endless in the county’s courses and then there’s always the lure of visiting Ulster County’s many other attractions, shops and restaurants. Once golfers come to Ulster, they seem to return again and again. Visit www.UlsterCountyAlive.com for more information.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?