May 03, 2011

Golfing Paradise in Ellicottville NY

Now that you have found the golf clubs in the corner of the garage, cleaned them up, reloaded the bag and knocked the grass off of your shoes from the fall; you are ready for the golf season. The big decision is where to go. Do you hit the usual courses or venture out for a new challenge. If you are looking to getaway for a few days and golf some challenging courses with awesome mountain scenery, Ellicottville New York may be your place.

Ellicottville NY is a small town with great character. There are outstanding restaurants, shopping and pubs to make the weekend complete. Within 18 miles there are 3 challenging 18-hole golf courses as well as 3 9-hole golf courses. The 18-hole courses are Double Black Diamond at Holiday Valley Resort, Elkdale Country Club and Concord Crest. The 9-hole courses are Ischua Valley Country Club, St. Bonaventure Golf Course and Birch Run Country Club.  Each course has its own challenge and skill level. This is perfect for a little variety on a golf trip and to make your own outing with friends.

The Double Black Diamond course at Holiday Valley Resort was redesigned in 2009, and has a par 70 and measuring 6,500 yards. The course is a blend of mountain and flat terrain. There are weekend package discounts when you purchase golf packages and stay at one of their Holiday Valley Rental Management Properties or the Inn. Elkdale Country Club opened in 1927 is a semi-private club. There is public play any day of the week with a reserved tee time. The course is a par 70 and measures 6,100 yards and is also a blend of mountain and flat terrain. Finally, Concord Crest is located at the foothills of the Allegheny mountains. The course opened in 2001 and is a par 72 measuring 6,400 yards. The bent grass. elevated tee boxes and spacious fairways are a plus. Each of the 18-hole coursed has the spectacular mountain views and makes for a great golf trip.

If you are looking for value with a challenge course, stop by one of the 9-hole courses. St. Bonaventure Golf Course was built in 1928 and is a par 36 course measuring 2,900 yards. When playing St. Bonaventure , you pay for 9 holes and can replay it for free! The exception is that if you rent a cart, you have to pay for the cart rent for each 9 holes. Still, it is a great value. Ischua Valley Country Club was built in 1970 and is a par 36 course measuring 3,200 yards. Finally, Birch Run Country Club was built in 1954 and is a par 35 course measuring 3,187 yards. Both Ischua Valley and Birch Run have discounted replay to make them a great value too.

If you bring the whole family, there is plenty of activities to do for the non-golfers. There is the 3 level swimming pool complex (daily fee or included with rentals at Holiday Valley managed properties) and the Sky High Adventure Park at Holiday Valley Resort. The adventure park is opening in June 2011, and features a mountain coaster and high wire aerials and bridges in the trees. There are plenty of activities in the hills surrounding Ellicottville including mountain biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, road cycling and more.  You can also visit one of the near by parks including Griffis Sculpture Park, Little Rock City, Red House and Quaker Run areas of the NY State Parks, Finally, there is always shopping at one of the specialty stores in town or going to the Ellicottville Oasis Spa or the Falling Waters Spa at Holiday Valley Resort.

From the big picture, Ellicottville NY is a great place to getaway and golf. The challenging courses, mountain scenery, value prices and extra activities, restaurants and shops makes Ellicottville the place for golfers.  At the end of the day, enjoy one of the fantastic restaurants or pubs for dinner and enjoy a great meal and brag about the best shots of the day. Ellicottville is a duffer's paradise!

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