We Love New York in June,
How About You?
During US Open Week, we have an opportunity to play some wonderful classic golf courses in the Upstate New York’s lake country. And, we are invited to participate in the annual Donald Ross Invitational Tournament at Teugega.
This event involves three locations and is “a la carte”. Sign up for any or all locations. Note however that Teugega is a two day event with a Sunday ” rain day” if needed. In view of the tee times, no formal evening arrangements have been made therefore there is no separate price for a non-golfer.
Convenient airports would be either Syracuse or Albany.
IN / NEAR ROME, NY
Wingate by Wyndham (315) 334-4244
. Mention Donald Ross tournament at Teugega
(before May 17) for a discount – about 5 minutes from Teugega.
The Beeches Inn and Conference Center (315) 336-1700 – about 2 minutes from Teugega
Turning Stone Resort (315) 361-7711 (3 highly regarded golf courses)
- about 15 minutes from Teugega
Hampton Inn, Utica (315) 733-1200
Otesaga Resort has two hotels in addition to Leatherstocking golf course 1-800-348-6222
Best Western Inn and Suites (607)547-7100
June 16th, 2011 - 10:30 AM
Yahnundasis Golf Club
8639 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, NY 13413
Clubhouse (315) 732-6123. Pro Shop (315) 732-3950
The Yahnundasis was designed by Walter J. Travis (1862-1927). Travis was not only a designer, he first earned his reputation as the winner of both the US and British Amateurs, but his golf courses are also jewels—and include, Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY, Onondaga Country Club in Syracuse, Orchard Park in Buffalo, Van Cortland Park golf course in the Bronx, The Country Club at Brookline in Massachusetts, Augusta Country Club, the Jekyll Island and Sea Island golf courses (all in Georgia) and Cherry Hill in Canada. Mr. Travis also was a consultant at Pine Valley (with George Clump) and Pinehurst #2 (with Donald Ross).
Constructed in 1924 and often the host of local, regional and statewide championships, the Yahnundasis was the site for the 2007 New York State Men's Amateur Championship.
The course plays 6767 from the tips, 6443 from the Member’s tees with a par of 71 with some long par fours. Watch out for # 9, a 560 yard par-5 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course.
Go to website to see some wonderful photos. www.yahnundasis.com
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Teugega Country Club
6801 Golf Course Rd, Rome, NY 13440
Entry deadline Monday June 13 so please send DRS your entry well before then.
This course was designed and built by Donald Ross in 1920. Ross spent a considerable amount of time on this course due to personal relationships in Rome. It is said that he scored his first hole-in-one on Teugega’s 7th hole. Teugega’s course has not been significantly changed from the original Ross design.
FRIDAY June 17th.
Practice Rounds. Carts and Range included. Donald Ross Society will have afternoon times blocked starting around 2pm.
SATURDAY June 18th
9:30am shotgun Start
Donald Ross Invitational
Two Person Better Ball format.
Open and Senior (50+) divisions. DRS will organize pairings based on entries. Carts and Range included. Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres (cash bar) immediately following tournament play.
SUNDAY June 19th has been set aside as a “rain date” in the event that Saturday’s play is suspended. As such, we can make no alternative arrangements. If you want Sunday golf, call Seven Oaks (Colgate University) (315) 824-1432 or Turning Stone (315) 361-8006, both of which are ready to make arrangements for us. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is another possible diversion.
June 20th 8am
For those wanting more “classic” golf we have eight consecutive times arranged from 8:03am.
Syracuse and Albany airports are both around 90 minutes away.
The village of Cooperstown, N.Y., is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It's also home to the Otesaga Resort and the Leatherstocking Golf Course. Leatherstocking opened in 1909, designed by Devereux Emmet. The course sits in a valley under heavily forested hills and alongside and above the western shore of Lake Otsego, providing great water views. The back tees measure 6,416 yards, and the middle tees a mere 6,056, but deep bunkers and numerous water hazards will test all but the most accurate of players.
The three finishing holes are the most exciting on the course. The par-4, 16th hole requires a precise tee shot, while the par-3, 17th hole plays over a wide Lake Otsego water hazard.
The grand finale of the course is the 18th a 505-yard Cape design par 5, reminiscent of Pebble Beach’s daunting finish. The fairway sweeps to the left around Lake Otsego, and players tee off from an island and must decide how much of the fairway to bite off in order to score well on the hole.
In the past two years, Leatherstocking Golf Course has added an 11-acre driving range, made improvements to the drainage system and enlarged many of the tee boxes and cart paths. In 2000, Audubon International officially designated Leatherstocking a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary," under its Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS), a program supported by the United States Golf Association.
As usual, lodging arrangements are up to you, and you might consider that the Otesaga was voted one of the 50 top U.S. golf resorts by readers of Condé Nast Traveler (June 2000). You might consider treating yourself to an alternative to the usual austere motel accommodations.