New York is packed with incredible golf courses, but the Long Island and downstate links seem to get all the love. If you’re a golfer from Upstate New York, you know the rest of the state is full of amazing courses as well, and two of them are getting the recognition they deserve from Golf Magazine.
Oak Hill (East) in Rochester and Glens Falls Country Club in Queensbury were both ranked among the top 100 Golf Courses in the U.S. in Golf Magazine’s latest list, alongside such prestigious golfing venues as Pine Valley in New Jersey and Cypress Point in California.
Here’s what Golf Magazine had to say about ranking Oak Hill (East), originally designed by Donald Ross in 1921, as #40 on its list:
“This classic parkland layout has hosted multiple majors and a Ryder Cup. A recent renovation made the suburban Rochester marvel even better, bringing it back in line with Donald Ross’s original design. Architect Andrew Green overhauled the 5th, 6th and 15th holes, cut back trees and re-worked greens throughout the course. The new drainage system allows for faster putting surfaces — expect higher scores (and better sightlines) at the 2023 PGA Championship.”
And here’s why #86, Glens Falls Country Club, also designed by Donald Ross in 1920, made the list:
“With so much content and information available in 2020, stumbling across a “hidden gem” has become progressively more difficult. Yet, this Ross course 30 minutes north of Saratoga Springs was off the radar as recently as five years ago. Situated between the Adirondacks and Green Mountains, the short par-4 5th with its “top hat” green through the par-3 9th to a Volcano green complex are as good a series of Ross holes as you’ll find. The excitement doesn’t let up with the course finishing with its penultimate hole across hilly land to a green in a saddle and a par-3 finisher played across the edge of a lake.”
For Tom Haggerty, the longtime head professional at Glens Falls Country Club, the ranking was a great honor.
“These are unbelievable accolades. For the whole country — how about that? Haggerty told the Glens Falls Post-Star. “They’re starting to realize we have a real gem right here.”
These incredible courses are no secret to NewYorkUpstate.com. Oak Hill (East) is featured on our list of 10 Upstate NY golf courses that will bring you to your knees, while both Oak Hill and Glens Falls are featured on our list of 9 private Upstate NY golf courses you wish you could play, while Oak Hill (East).
New York is well represented on Golf’s 2020 edition of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the U.S., which was released on Monday. Here are the rankings for the rest of the Empire State’s best courses:
#3 Shinnecock Hills, Southampton, NY
#4 National Golf Links of America, Southampton, NY
#9 Fishers Island, Fishers Island, NY
#13 Friar’s Head, Baiting Hollow, NY
#15 Winged Foot (West), Mamaroneck, NY
#25, Garden City, Garden City, NY
#29 Maidstone, East Hampton, NY
#30 Bethpage (Black), Farmingdale, NY
#36 Sleepy Hollow, Scarborough, NY
#39 Quaker Ridge, Scarsdale, NY
#46 Winged Foot (East), Mamaroneck, NY
#56 Piping Rock, Locust Valley, NY
#62 The Creek, Locust Valley, NY
#97 Sebonack, Southampton, N.Y.
Golf Magazine’s rankings are based on votes for 489 different U.S. courses by a panel of 97 panelists, who are each well-traveled — and well-connected — golfers, aficionados and experts in the field. You can read more about the methodology here.
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