The story of Rose Brook Golf Course dates back to the late 1960s, when—according to course lore—a retired iron worker who had found success by inventing the popcorn machine set out to turn his lifelong dream of owning a golf course into a reality. In the process of achieving his goal, a course maintenance mishap culminated with the man driving a bulldozer over a 100-foot gorge. The man survived the plunge, the story goes, and drove the heavy machine 2 miles out of the creek before returning to sculpt the rugged earth and relentlessly remind the dozer that it owes him its life. Styling itself as “the working man’s country club” ever since, the course has retained the vision of its founder, as friendly, laid-back vibes resonate across 18 holes of rolling terrain in a diverse, 5,806-yard layout, providing guests a pressure-free respite from their vocations. During each round, players contend with 12 ponds as well as frequent encounters with the aforementioned gorge, which runs across multiple holes and sends shudders down the cybernetic spines of passing golf carts. After their birdie-hunting expedition, clubbers can enjoy succulent meats right off the grill or sudsy beverages to wash down inadvertently swallowed divot tools.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 5,806 yards from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Link to scorecard
The chopper controllers at Western New York Helicopters steer flight instruction that ranges from one-time introductory experiences to complete pilot certification. The resident fleet of R44s and S-300Cs gamely trucks the earthbound on any aeronautic needs, from local tours to power line patrols to diplomatic negotiations with the owl kingdom. Launching from Hamburg Airport just 15 miles south of Buffalo, the happy hoverers direct air traffic from both Canadian and stateside pilots-to-be.
Nestled against the glistening shores of Chautauqua Lake, Chautauqua Point’s nine-hole course stretches across 2,600 yards of century-old fairways. Club-wielding compatriots can loop the picturesque par 35 astride a nimble golf cart, which helps to track down golf balls and flashes its headlights angrily upon any mention of caddies looking for work. For an 18-hole round, golfers traverse the emerald links twice over, allowing them to atone for any misreads or errant approaches made during the first 9. Clients can divide each 18-hole round into two 9-hole outings played on separate occasions, and they may choose to complete their allotted rounds by themselves, with friends, or alongside their evil, argyle-clad alter ego.
From certain places on Tri-County Country Club's 18-hole course, you can gaze out onto a tree-scraped horizon that seems to stretch endlessly. From others, you can hardly see the putting surface you're aiming at. Such is the terrain at the 6,829-yard course, which arcs over rolling fairways lined with trees, giving way to both scenic overlooks and blind uphill shots. A smattering of waterways also pock the course, giving golfers a place to bathe after staging a long-jumping competition in a sandtrap.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,829 yards from the tips * Four tee options * Scorecard
The tour guides at H&L Enterprises of WNY LLC love showing people around town. But instead of introducing them to sights from a bus, boat, or Segway, they give tour-goers a spectacular bird's-eye view of western New York, the Southern Tier, northwestern Pennsylvania, and eastern Ohio through the windows of a four-seat Robinson R44 helicopter.
In addition to soaring over sparkling lakes and rolling meadows to wow visitors and help them capture stunning aerial-photography shots, helicopter flights also serve the more pragmatic purpose of patrolling pipelines or surveying the land. This allows farmers to count their livestock and entrepreneurs to scope out land they plan to purchase.
Between rugged cliffs stretching hundreds of feet toward the sky, a foaming river surges toward waterfalls and gentle tributaries. Upon its arching rapids tumble buoyant rafts, ferrying animated passengers who scream with delight at each bump along the way or sudden bald eagle sighting. For the experienced guides at Zoar Valley Canoe and Rafting Company, this is an everyday experience.