Golf the Hudson Valley

The Rip Van Winkle course

The Rip Van Winkle course

Golf, according to Arnold Palmer, “is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening — and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”

If you agree, you have probably been to plenty of golf courses with sweeping fairways, manicured greens, and the pleasant color contrast of curving sand traps. But not many courses have the breath-taking mountain views that make golfing in the Catskills so pleasurable.

Many area golf courses are located at resorts which offer packages for a golf vacation, including room and board, so the golfer can devote her or his complete attention to the game. If your schedule allows, you can save money with a midweek special.


Most courses have day passes for those seeking variety and wishing to try out different courses, as well as season passes for golfers who expect to stay around all summer. Golfing lessons, a pro shop and a restaurant are usually available. Some golf resorts present pro-am events, where golf professionals are teamed with local amateurs, and fundraising tournaments.

If you’re looking for challenges like elevation changes and naturally-occurring obstacles, you’ll find them at these courses, many of them historic in origin and designed by respected pros. Choose from nine-hole, 18-hole, and 36-hole courses.