The Sagamore in Upstate New York is a special place. Its location on an island attached to the mainland by bridge is incomparable and the Lake George and Adirondack Mountain views will have you confusing yourself for being somewhere in Europe.

Many have visited The Sagamore over the years as its been hosting guests for over 100 years. One of these guests would have been Donald Ross, the architect of The Sagamore Golf Course.

The golf course is located up a nearby mountain about a 10 minute shuttle ride away. You pass through the small town of Bolton’s Landing and slowly work your way up the mountain with even more gorgeous views of Lake George behind you. The anticipation builds as you turn into the golf course with its driveway working up and along the 1st fairway.

Stepping on to the 1st tee, golfers are offered one of the most brilliant starting hole views on the east coast. The hole dives down in front of you with the prominent Lake George in its background. It’s jaw-dropping. The drama starts early and continues throughout as the routing weaves its way through the Adirondack woods in a way only Ross could envision.

The Sagamore is a classic layout. It features holes you would more likely discover at a private club than a mountain resort course. And it’s all the better for it. Holes like the par-4 7th, which doglegs hard to the left and works uphill the entire way, or the 13th, a long par-4 with a blind tee-shot over a hill, are holes with old-time charm unlikely to be built on a modern day golf course.

Surprisingly, The Sagamore is a very walkable course. Greens and tees are near one another offering the golfer a rare opportunity to walk a golf course built in a mountain setting. We rarely encounter such a treat as most mountain courses are too severe to be walked.

Speaking of the greens, you would expect no less from Donald Ross than exquisite variation and contouring, and that’s exactly what you get at The Sagamroe. Coupled with some of the smoothest and quickest surfaces we’ve seen this season and you have a set of greens that will turn knee knockers into tearjerkers.

Most visitors to The Sagamore Resort already know about its idyllic setting and unmatched accommodations. But golfers should know more about the golf course. Because it isn’t directly on property, it doesn’t receive the attention it otherwise deserves, but it’s a must play on the east coast and will impress with both its quality of golf and beautiful setting.

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