Ulster County, N.Y. is a fabulous place to visit with the sticks in the trunk during the fall. Why? How about a wealth of great courses that are playable for golfers of all abilities, affordable greens fees, and all the other amenities one could hope for on a stay and play vacation.
The county also features a number of premier hotels and bed and breakfast establishments where you can establish a base to enjoy outdoor activities such as hang gliding, boating, sailing, fishing, and rock climbing in addition to golf. Visitors come to this sweet area of the Catskills to revel in the slow, simple pace of life. There are local museums, woodland paths to walk, a mix of fine restaurants, shopping in the area’s many antique stores and eclectic art galleries and pottery shops.
Says Ulster County Tourism Director Rick Remsnyder, “Ulster County’s courses are so diverse that visitors never become bored playing golf here. If a golfer likes mountain resort courses, he or she will be thrilled golfing at the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed Fallsview Golf Course at the Honor’s Haven Resort and Spa and the nine-hole course at the Mohonk Mountain House, the latter located at the top of the mountains near the lovely college town of New Paltz. Apple Greens Golf Course is unique because it is cut right out of an apple orchard.”
Apple Greens in Highland can easily accommodate any number of golfers since it expanded to 27 holes nearly a decade ago. It is located just five minutes from the New Paltz Exit on the New York State Thruway, making it an enticing trip for golfers from New York City and central and northern New Jersey who don’t mind driving more than an hour because there is no waiting and a quick pace of play.
Lazy Swan Golf and Country Club Village in Saugerties, is a picturesque18-hole layout just minutes from the Saugerties Exit off the New York State Thruway, which is the newest addition to the fine collection of county courses.
Jones also designed Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston, which debuted this year as a semi-private course open to the public after being private for the past 85 years. It is easily accessible off Kingston’s New York State Thruway exit.
Wiltwyck, a 6,891-yard, par-72 layout, is the most challenging golf course in Ulster County. It hosted the New York State Amateur in 2004 and has been the home for many regional and county golf championships.
“This is one of the finest golf courses in the Northeast,” Remsnyder said. “Wiltwyck has gotten rave reviews from those who’ve had the opportunity to play it this year. The rates are very affordable, too.”
For more information call 845-340-3568, or visit www.UlsterCountyAlive.com.