By Kellen M. Quigley
With summer-like temperatures and blue skies on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to hit the links for a round or two in the Enchanted Mountains must-play golf courses.
Whether looking for a weekend getaway with family or friends, or just a quick nine after work some weekday, there are several courses just a short drive away.
Just outside Ellicottville at Holiday Valley Resort is the Double Black Diamond course, a par 70 18-hole public course with challenges and opportunities for players of all levels.
The course offers a blend of both hilly and flat terrain, with the front nine built along the southeast base of the the hills with plenty of ponds and sand bunkers to steer clear of.
The back nine is laid out in and around the lower ski slopes, which brings into play many elevation changes. You may even hit a killer drive or sink a long putt on a spot you skied over just a few months ago.
“The snow has finally melted off the course and everything is open,” said Jane Eshbaugh, Director of Marketing at Holiday Valley.
Although there aren’t many changes to the course, Eshbaugh said some new trees have been planted behind number 15 green and 12 green.
“They’re not really in play … hopefully!” she added.
The Mel Sole Golf School will be back again this year June 21 through July 4, Eshbaugh said. Check holidayvalley.com for more information.
Eshbaugh said there are several golf events scheduled for the season open to the public to sign up. June 12 is the music themed “Fairway to Heaven,” August 23 is “Tailgates and Tee Times” for an NFL themed outing and Sept. 4 is the 9-hole Ladies “Wine and Nine” scramble.
“We’re trying to appeal a younger market to help get more people involved in the sport,” she said.
The golf course is located at Holiday Valley Resort, just off Route 219 in Ellicottville. Call 699-2345 or visit www.holidayvalley.com for more information.
TAKE A 10-minute drive out of Ellicottville on Route 242 to Route 353 and visit Elkdale Country Club, an 18-hole semi-private par 70 course that is fun for casual and experienced players alike.
The front nine was built in 1927 and is cut along varied terrain and mature trees. The back nine was added in 1960 and is a bit longer with larger greens.
New to the course this year is David Mosbacher as the new superintendent. Mosbacher is from Erie, Pa., and has gained a diverse background in golf course operations over the past 20 years at four different clubs.
Also new this year is a different numbered tee system. Just pick the course length that best corresponds to your game and tee off from the appropriately numbered markers.
You can book your tee times online at www.elkdalecc.com or call the golf shop at 945-5553.