Located in central New York, just off New York State Thruway exit 40, midway between Rochester and Syracuse, sonorous moos and sloshing tins of milk once echoed across this idyllic nine-hole course, which James and Dee Ball converted from their family dairy farm in 1968. Since then, Meadowbrook Golf Club has seen a slew of proprietors, each of whom have added their own distinct touch by installing automatic watering, improving the drainage system, or building a 40’x80’ pole barn to house equipment and botched Dorf clones.
In May 2008, PGA golf professional Trey Walewski and his wife, Tina, took over the Meadowbrook. The golf club remains a family owned and operated business with Trey and Tina, and their daughters, Taylor and Sydney, taking on the operations of the course, practice facilities, pro shop, and bar and grill.
Opened in 1933, Tecumseh Golf Club’s nine-hole, par 35 public golf course boasts 2,695 yards of emerald course play for amateur clubbers and seasoned swingers to enjoy. With each swing, golfers will encounter devious sand bunkers, tricky water hazards, and air horn–blasting garden gnomes hidden throughout the course. The lush, tree-lined fairways provide a scenic backdrop for 18 holes of club-to-club combat. Ease the burden of carrying rocket-propelled ball trebuchets by hopping aboard one of Tecumseh’s canopied golf carts. Open seven days a week, Tecumseh Golf Club offers flexible tee times. Call ahead to make a reservation.
Helmed by lifelong Cortland residents Stephen and Patricia Jordan, Shipwreck Golf Amusement Center regales fun-seeking guests of all abilities with three engaging attractions. The 18-hole, indoor black light mini-golf course takes putt-putters on a pilgrimage through a 450-foot labyrinth of smooth faux-greens framed by phosphorescent murals depicting underwater ruins and neon incarnations of each golfer’s embarrassing yearbook photos. Playful music is complemented by emerald corridors that snake through a pirate-themed pastiche of misting waterfalls, wooden ships, and lush palm trees. The scampering feet of kids age 2–10 can bounce, bound, and barrel roll across the cushy floor of the bounce houses that populate Shipwreck’s play area, which also includes a dress-up area, two play houses, and a play office where kids can jubilantly file tax forms.
Floodlights replace the sun during nightfall at Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center, keeping the miniature golf courses and batting cages aglow for nighttime visitors. During the summer, guests can wind through miniature fairways that incorporate small-scale replicas of The Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, and the world's smallest caddies. During the winter, Four Seasons’ slopes welcome copious amounts of snow to facilitate skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing. The newly renovated facility also hosts a game room and specialty ice cream shop.
The intricate course layout of Green Lakes State Park gives golfing aficionados a glimpse into the early career of legendary course designer Robert Trent Jones, architect of such destinations as Spyglass Hill and the 468-hole Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Features that would become his signature are abundant on the 6,212-yard loop, including deep bunkers, immaculate fairways with elevation changes, slick greens, and very few flat lies that might otherwise tempt golfers to tamper with their scorecard results. The golf club also incorporates a clubhouse, practice areas, a pro shop, a restaurant, and locker rooms with showers.Course at a Glance:
Built in 1993 by owner Neil Comstra, Eagle Ridge Driving Range has since expanded from a practice facility to a fun center with mini-golfing and go-karting action. While putting guests try their hand at the 18-hole mini-golf course, players rehearsing teeoffs on the 300-yard driving range can take aim at a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle and the mechanic trying to start it. Guests can transition to a different kind of driving by hopping into a single- or double-seated go-kart for a spin around the oval slick track. In between races, range time, and mini-golf games, youngsters can continue playing in an oversized sandbox or join adults on the facility's picnic tables or in the shade of a custom-built gazebo.