Golfing on the Adirondack Coast (for dummies)

So, let’s go golfing. Obviously, we have to get the important stuff on the check-list out of the way first.

Polo shirt? I can do that. Plaid? I don’t want to, but I will. Golf clubs? Wait – clubs? As in, plural? I need more than one? Shoot, those things are heavy. I’m not trying to carry all those. Like, are they weapons or sporting equipment? With me on the range, it’s safe to call it a toss-up – literally. Oh, look. Here’s me showing off my skills among Buzzfeed’s “22 Most Painfully Awkward Things That Happened in 2015”.

Just kidding.

Kind of.

I’ll be completely honest. When I think of thrilling, action-packed outdoor adventure sports, golf isn’t typically the first one that comes to mind. But comparing rock-climbing and putting is like comparing Game of Thrones and House of Cards. Both intriguingly match mind and muscle in ways that appeal to different audiences. Yet, unlike these shows, golfing is suitable for the entire family.

On the topic of family, I’ve always felt as though golf is one of those sports you have to be born into. For example, on Gilmore Girls, Rory and her fancy grandpa always went golfing when they needed to chat about important, sophisticated things, like when she was all, “Grandpa, I got accepted to Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, but I don’t know which one to choose. Advice?”

Based on this extensive field research, I concluded: one does not simply golf on a whim.

So, then, it’s safe to say, aside from binge-watching Gilmore Girls and keeping up with Tiger Woods’ love life, I know next to nothing about golf. However, I’m slowly realizing this is okay – because on the Adirondack Coast, you can go golfing on a whim, regardless of your age or experience level.

The driving ranges here accommodate a whole wealth of players, from advanced pros to complete newbies, like myself. And if you’re more into the culture of golfing than the actual act of golfing, these resorts offer tons of history. Bluff Point, for instance, is the third oldest course in America. If, like me, you thought the Gilmores were hoity-toity, just you wait. The Vanderbilts vacationed here. Oh yeah, and Babe Ruth, too.

Still self-conscious about your skills on the green (or lack thereof)? Many of the courses here offer lessons for beginners. So, now, you have zero excuses. Get out there! Throw some clubs around (figuratively).

Check out any of these attractions below to brush up on your skills, compete with the finest players in the game, and to just have a grand old time with friends and loved ones.

Adirondack Golf & Country Club

Baker's Acres Campground & Golf Driving

Bluff Point Golf Resort & Cottages

Harmony Golf Club and Community

Malone Golf Club, Inc.

North Country Golf Club