Pssst… I’m going to let you in on a little secret about a spot that you and your buddies should really consider for a summer or fall golf getaway.

Lake Placid. Yup, that Lake Placid… nestled in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, host to two Winter Olympic games in 1932 and 1980 and the scene of arguably the greatest Olympics story ever told – the Miracle on Ice – when the United States men’s ice hockey team, with a roster full of college kids, shocked the world by capturing the gold medal defeating the heavily favored Soviets and Finland in the medal round.

So what does a place synonymous with skiing (boasting the greatest vertical drop in the northeast in Whiteface Mountain), snowboarding, ice climbing, and bobsledding have to do with golf? More than you might think.

While of course the area is perhaps best known for its cold weather activities, the Lake Placid region boasts some serious golf options and an impressive history including names like Craig Wood, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, and Alister MacKenzie.

So go ahead, crack out your Jim Craig jersey and head over to Lake Placid this summer or early fall.

USA! USA! USA!

Where to play:

Whiteface Club – Originally built as a 9-hole course in 1898 and later expanded to 18 holes by architect John Van Kleek with help from none other than Walter Hagen, the par 72, 6,490-yard Whiteface Club features not only an enjoyable and challenging track for players of all skill levels, but also some pretty incredible views with the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Placid as a backdrop.

Craig Wood Golf Club – Designed by famed architect Seymour Dunn and founded as The Lake Placid Golf and Country Club in 1925, the course expanded to 18 holes in 1932. The name of the course was changed in 1954 to honor Lake Placid native and 1941 Masters and U.S. Open champion Craig Wood. The par 72, 6,554-yard course features some amazing views of the Adirondack countryside.

Lake Placid Club – Players of all skill levels will enjoy an incredible golf experience at this 45-hole facility set in the heart of the Adirondacks. With spectacular views all around – including the Olympic ski jumps in the distance – the Links, Mountain, and Pristine Nine each offer distinct, challenging and fun layouts.

  • The Lake Placid Club Links Course: Designed in 1909 by Scottish architect Seymour Dunn, the par 71, 7,052-yard Links course features some great traditional links style golf with heavily bunkered fairways, native fescue, and large undulating greens.
  • The Lake Placid Club Mountain Course: Designed in 1910 by Alexander Findlay and redesigned by Alister MacKenzie in 1931, the par 70, 6,051-yard Mountain course can be a dream or a nightmare depending upon how you’re hitting them. With small greens and tree-lined fairways, accuracy is a must to find success here.
  • Pristine Nine: A great place to work on your short iron game or settle some buddy bets, the enjoyable Pristine Nine measures in at 1,519 yards with seven par threes and two par fours.

 

 

 

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