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Though an 18-hole course today, Canajoharie Golf and Country Club had, for most of its life, just nine holes. The original course was established in 1936, and hosted such golf luminaries as Craig Wood and Paul Runyan?both stars of their day, even though they used wooden drivers. It wasn't until 1992 that the second nine was added, bringing the course up to its present length of 6,146 yards with a par of 71.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,146 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69 from the back tees * Course slope of 118 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole

154 Golf Club Rd
Canajoharie,
NY
US

The subject of a recent, aggressive overhaul to improve course conditioning, Hales Mills Country Club challenges golfers with a 6,100, par-71 layout. The course shares the green landscape with an all-grass driving range, where golfers can warm up their swing or test out the efficacy of their new camouflage golf bag. After rounds, golfers can unwind at the on-site restaurant, which serves dinner specials and classic pub fare.

146 Steele Rd
Johnstown,
NY
US

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.

8012 E Genesee St
Fayetteville,
NY
US

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.

200 Waring Rd
Syracuse,
NY
US

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:

7900 Green Lakes Road
Fayetteville,
NY
US

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.

759 State Route 13
Cortland,
NY
US