By Alicia Dziak
What better way to enjoy the region’s scenery than from the golf course? With the spring weather in full swing, it’s time to get out and have some fun in the sun!
If you’re looking for a breathtaking resort course, look no further than Holiday Valley. HV boasts a quite challenging 18-hole, par 70, 6,500 yard course. With multiple tees on each hole, golfers can match their ability to the distance, keep it fun and keep up with the pace of play. The front nine is relatively flat with a series of ponds and bunkers; the back nine winds around the base of the ski slopes for some very scenic play.
Interested in league play? They’re forming now. Choose from Men’s League, Ladies League, and Couples League. There is also a Beginner’s Ladies group on Wednesdays that’s really fun. Tournaments and outings are also available.
HV also offers lessons. PGA Master Professional, Steven Carney, PGA Professional Kyle Benish and USGTF Instructor, Tom Dirito, will have you improving your game in no time.
Additional amenities include a full golf shop with clubs, balls, clothing and accessories, and club repair, as well as a practice facility with 10 covered tees, up to 50 grass tees and two practice greens with approach and traps.
Play is offered to the public, but memberships are also available. For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com.
For a change of pace, head to one of the other nearby courses.
Ischua Valley Country Club, at 8093 Route 16 in Franklinville, is a semi-private 9 hole, par 36 course. It also features a pro shop, a beautiful banquet and reception hall, and a full service restaurant. For more info, call (716) 676-3630 or visit www.facebook.com/IschuaValleyCountryClub
Randolph’s Cardinal Hills is an 18-hole, par 72 course, boasting scenic views and natural rural settings. Additional amenities include pro shop merchandise, dining and a relaxed bar atmosphere. For more info, visit www.cardinalhillsny.com.
Elkdale Country Club, located at 7871 Stone Chimney Rd. in Salamanca, is a semi-private golf club, with public play welcomed everyday of the week with a tee time reservation. Lessons and leagues are offered. For more info, visit www.elkdalecc.com.
Concord Crest, at 9255 Genesee Road in East Concord, aims to provide country-club conditions at public course prices. Concord Crest also offers affordable rates every day, multiple opportunities for personal improvement in private lessons and group settings, and a dedicated staff offering good, old-fashioned hospitality For more info, visit www.concordcrest.com.
A short drive to Allegany gets you even more golf.
Head to the St. Bonaventure Golf Course, a public golf course. For more info, call (716) 372-7692.
Or check out Birch Run Country Club, a semi-private golf course. For more info, call (716) 373-3113.
If you need another excuse to golf, be sure to check out the Facebook pages for your favorite courses and be in the know about upcoming tournaments that raise money for great causes.
‘Tis the season of golf, golf and more golf! Play hooky from work and get out to enjoy this very social game.