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Golf Travel Guide To New York State


Golf Travel Guide To New York State

An Interview With Rod Christian, New York Golf Trail, President

By Brian Weis

Looking to plan the perfect golf trip to New York State? Planning a buddies trip or a romantic golf getaway can be a full time job not to mention pressure filled to deliver a memorable experience. Below is an interview with Rod Christian, President who shares some insider information about golfing and traveling to New York State, must play courses, a sample itinerary and where you can go for more planning tools.

Give our readers an overview of your destination and why they should consider it for their next golf trip?
New York State, according to Johnny Miller, has "more top courses than any other place on earth." The New York Golf Trail represents 28 of the top courses, as well as nearby inns and hotels for the ultimate in convenience.

Our regions include well-known destinations like Saratoga, Cooperstown, Lake Placid, Niagara and the Finger Lakes. You'll have a chance to play the local courses, stay in town, enjoy Main Streets and meet locals. It's the "Un-Resort Experience!"

New York's courses offer great variety ranging from those in the Lake Placid region that are over 120 years old to newer, outstanding tracks like Seneca Hickory Stick in Niagara and Saratoga National.

What are the must play courses in New York State?
Saratoga National Golf of the top public courses in the Northeast
Greystone Golf Club...a Finger Lakes gem, with magnificent vistas and rolling fairways
Mansion Ridge Golf Club...designed by Jack Nicklaus
Centennial Golf Club...designed by two-time US Open Champion Larry Nelson
Seneca Hickory Stick in Niagara...consistently rated as one of the top public courses in the state

What is the hidden gem and/or best value course?
Reservoir Creek in Naples in the Finger Lakes
Niagara Frontier Country Club, Niagara Region
Radisson Greens in Central NY
Leatherstocking in Cooperstown

Tough to choose just one!

Can you provide our readers with an ideal itinerary for a long weekend?
We cover seven regions of the state, so there are multiple activities in each region. Suffice to say that if you have time after playing golf there are activities, restaurants and experiences specific to each of these seven gorgeous regions.

After golf, what are the "must do" things or attractions to see?
Niagara Falls
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown
The famed Saratoga Racetrack
Finger Lakes wineries and craft breweries
Lake Placid Winter Olympic sites, including your own bobsled run!
Hudson Valley wineries

What is the best time to travel?
Anytime from May through October. Fall foliage in New York is spectacular!

Anything else you would like to share about the New York State?
We love New York and you will too! I started the New York Golf Trail because it used to be such a hassle to set up a golf trip in New York. My college friends gave me a hard time after staying in some lousy hotels and playing courses that weren't worth the trip. I also had trouble getting advance tee times. I saw how easy it could be to set up a golf trip in other call or click and the rest was done for you. I also knew that New York State has some of the top courses in the Northeast. And of course our seven regions were already known to most...Cooperstown, Niagara, Lake get the picture. So I decided to take the plunge and start my own business. It's been a great ride...we've had golfers from as far away as South Africa and Argentina, groups ranging from one to 80, and golfers of all abilities.

Where can golfers go for more information to research and plan their trip? New York State 5857339770

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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