Chautauqua Golf Club, is a Resort, 36 hole golf facility located in Chautauqua, New York. The facility boasts two 18 hole golf courses. They are The Lakes Course and The Hills Course.
The history of golf at Chautauqua Golf Club taces back to 1898 when a links course was laid out. The first nine holes opened in 1914. The Donald Ross designed Lakes Course opened in 1924. The addition of the Hill Course, was completed in 1994. The Hill Course was designed by Xen Hassenplug.
The Lake Course is more wide open than the Hill Course. A difficult shot is needed on hole #6, a 145-yard, par 3, requiring a carry over water to a well-bunkered green. The Lake Course is characterized by open tee shots and demanding approaches to small, often steeply sloped greens.
The Hill Course is heavily wooded and features narrower fairways and larger greens that aren't as sloping as the ones on the Lake Course. Hole #3, a 374-yard, par 4, has both trees and water down the left side of the fairway to avoid. With a commanding view of both Chautauqua Lake and the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside, this course rewards good shot placement and features tree-lined fairways, frequent dog-legs, and small but more gently sloped greens.
$16 (cart not included), played on Monday, December 2017 at 1:00 PM
Decided to play the "Lake Course" and complete both layout of the Legendary Chautauqua Golf Club that has had 14 Golf Hall of Famers playing here in the 1920's through 1940's. There is a plaque on Lake Course #1 tee box with their names that will make you look/play the course with a little more reverence. I played it from the Blues with the front 3,107yds Par 35 and the back 3,452yds Par 37 having a 69.3 / 120 Although its kinda flat looking the mostly elevated / tipped / protected greens will challenge you in hitting them, correctly. The #1-#4 are mostly flat but then the up hill 2nd shots on #5 & #7 will take there toll. The back 9 is where elevated / tipped greens will throw a mix of everything at you on each hole. The #13 175yd Par 3 tipped green(Stay to LH side) and the uphill #17 517yd Par 5 (3 extra longer irons) are holes that will leave their mark as you're saying, "Next time I play here I'll...". We all know the ending of that story line. Gotta visit this area and play both of these tracks, you won't be disappointed.
$36 (cart included), played on Friday, June 2015 at 1:00 PM
Classic old Donald Ross course with a great variety of holes. Unfortunately, they added another 18, which took 3 holes from the original course, The 3 new holes are ok, but not of the quality of the original course. The string of holes from 5-8 show Ross at his best, each hole distinctive and memorable. Lake course is much better than newer Hill course.
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