The Otesaga’s Leatherstocking Golf Course is celebrating its centennial in 2009. Designed in 1909 by Devereux Emmet, it is considered by many to be one of the East’s most scenic and challenging resort golf courses. It received the second highest overall rating for public courses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, according to Zagat Golf Course Survey. It has been awarded 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest and was voted 55th Best Golf Resort in the US by readers of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.
The natural contour of the course sweeps along the western shore of Lake Otsego. The mid holes climb to elevated fairways and tees that provide unforgettable views of the lake and the adjoining grounds of Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum. The 18th hole may be the most exciting on the course – a 505-yard, par 5 with an island tee box on Lake Otsego. The hole dog legs to the left around the lake, and the green is located in front of The Otesaga’s veranda.
This is a Hall of Fame course located in America’s most perfect village.
This Robert Trent Jones masterpiece is characteristic of all Jones’ courses, which include strategic deployment of water, extensive tee areas and large, expansive greens.
A creek wanders throughout Seven Oaks, which is home to the Colgate University golf team. Nestled in the hills of historic Hamilton, the course is truly a hidden upstate gem.
Jones designed Seven Oaks in 1934, but because of the Great Depression, the plans sat idle in a drawer until the 1950’s. Ground was broken for the first nine holes in 1956 and the second nine was completed in 1964.
The storybook setting is beautiful in any season.