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By Elizabeth Riggs

If you’re looking to tee off this spring and summer, look no further than right here in the Enchanted Mountains. With several courses to choose from, you have many excuses to cut out of work early!

Holiday Valley Double Black Diamond

6557 Holiday Valley Road Route 219 PO Box 370 Ellicottville, NY 14731-0370 Phone: 716-699- 2345 www.holidayvalley.com

Holiday Valley is an 18-hole public course, with pars of 70 and 71, which is both challenging and well-maintained. In 2009, Holiday Valley won a nod from Golf Magazine in 2009 for one of the best redesigns in the country.

The course offers a blend of both hilly and flat terrain, with a front nine built around ponds and bunkers, and the back nine laid out around the lower ski slopes, which brings into play many elevation changes.

According to Golf Pro Steve Carney, one of 220 PGA Master Golf Professionals in the United States, this season the course is continuing a project to rebuild six to 10 new bunkers, and to speed up and make the greens more true.

“It’s a challenging course for all abilities because we have four sets of tees and lots of sod bunkers. You pick the tees that best challenge you,” Carney said. “Holiday Valley is one of the most beautiful, and challenging, and quaint little places that there is.”

Max 18-Hole Yards: 6493

Ratings/Slope: 72.2/126, 69.4/120, 66.2/113, 68.8/118

Elkdale Country Club

4683 Route 353 Salamanca, NY 14779 Phone: 716-945- 5553 www.elkdalecc.com

Elkdale is an 18-hole semi-private course, with pars of 70 and 74. Public golfers can book tee times online, and new to the course this year is Green Superintendent Chris Haggerty, bringing more than 25 years of experience.

According to Golf Pro Jack Widger, he consistently receives good feedback from golfers on how user- friendly the course is.

“It’s a challenge for the better player but even the beginner can enjoy the course because there’s not a ton of trouble to get into. We try to keep play moving. We try to play 18 holes under 4 hours,” Widger said.

Max 18-Hole Yards: 6132

Ratings/Slope: Men’s: 69.3/120, 66.6/112, Women’s: 70.6/117

Cardinal Hills Golf Course

78 Conewango Road Randolph, NY 14772 Phone: 716-358- 5409 www.cardinalhillsny.com

Cardinal Hills is a public, 18-hole golf course with pars of 72 and 73 and maximum hole yards totaling 6109. “Gentle rolling hills and undulations provide an enjoyable yet challenging golf experience and the scenic views and natural rural settings which surround the course are one of a kind,” says the website of the setting. The course also features nightly men’s and ladies’ golf leagues.

Max 18-Hole Yards: 6109

Ratings/Slope: Men’s: 68.1/113, Women’s: 70.6/114

Concord Crest Golf Course

9255 Genesee Road East Concord, NY 14055 Phone: 716.592.7636 www.concordcrest.com

Concord Crest is a public, 18-hole golf course located in rural East Concord. The course offers nightly men’s and ladies leagues, a three-hole practice facility, golf camps during the month of July, and a clubhouse that serves as a site for banquets or weddings.

“The primary architect for Concord Crest Golf Course was Mother Nature herself, as the layout takes full advantage of wetlands, creeks, ponds, and a stand of old trees,” says the website.

Max 18-hole Yards: 6145

Ratings/Slope: 70.2/114, 68.8/112, 68.4/110, 68.2/109

Springville Country Club PO Box 157 Springville, NY 14141 www.springvillecc.com Phone: 716-592- 4334

The Springville Country Club is a semi-private club offering two 18-hole courses with a par of 71. New to the course this season are rental push carts and new ladies tee boxes on holes 7 and 9. Also, the course is currently running a spring promotion. The first 20 members to sign up get 20 percent off their dues for the year as well as no promisory note and no initiation fees.

Max 18-hole Yards: 6338

Ratings/Slope: Men’s 71.6/127, 69.7/124, 67.2/118, Women’s: 72.0,123, 69.4/119

Ischua Valley Country Club

8093 Route 16 Franklinville, NY 14737 Phone: 716-676-3630 Facebook@IschuaValleyCountryClub

Ischua Valley is a restaurant, bar, banquet facility, bowling alley, and a unique, public 9-hole golf course. The course has two different sets of tees at each hole, allowing you to play 18 holes with different pars and yardage for the front and back nine. The course features nightly leagues, special events, weekly meal specials, bowling tournaments and more.

“Our is a pretty nice course for the money. It’s hard to beat the price,” says Golf Pro Aaron Wagner.

Max 18-hole Yards: 6250

Ratings/Slope: 68.5/113, 86.5/113

Holland Hills

10438 Holland Glenwood Road Colden, NY 14033 Phone: 716-537- 2345 www.hollandhillscountryclub.com

Holland Hills is an 18-hole public golf course with pars of 72 and 75. The course is located atop the highest point in Erie County, with tees that offer views of the rolling countryside.

“Holland Hills offers generous tree-lined fairways, pristine greens, many water hazards, bunkers, sandtraps, elevation changes, etc. set in the beautiful scenic hills of Holland. Holland Hills is the perfect golf course to accommodate all skill levels of golfers,” reads their website.

The course offers special pricing every day after 3 p.m. and various tournaments throughout the season.

Max 18-hole Yards: 6529

Ratings/Slope: 71.5/116, 72/108

Rolling Hills Golf Course

10739 Olean Road, Chaffee, NY 14030 Phone: 716-496-5016 www.rollinghillspar3.com

Rolling Hills is a public 9-hole, par 3 golf course. The course features a practice range and green, riding golf carts, a snack bar, and offers senior and junior discounts. Hours are 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. on weekends and holidays, with the last tee-off approximately two hours before sunset.

Max 9-hole Yards: 1472

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