Secret Golf Courses in the Catskills – Where Conditions Are Excellent and the Views Unbelievable

Awe-inspiring views, sustained commitment to quality, and impeccable condition courses, whether you’re a scratch golfer or a high handicapper – welcome to the Great Northern Catskills.

Ok, so the Great Northern Catskills' golf courses aren't technically secret, you can find them on our Catskills golf courses page, and Google, and there are roads signs pointing you in the right direction so you don't get lost.

It's more of a metaphorical secret. We say "secret" because that's the feeling you get when you're on these courses. You're on the back nine with your best buds, you're playing a great game, or not, and you're in the mountains. No one's on a cell phone, the greens are true and fast, the fairways are in peak condition, and hordes of cleated hooligans haven't hogged every hole for an hour while you wait for your turn.

Golfing in the Catskills is in many ways, a return to the golden age of the game. When Arnie Palmer was earning his nickname as the "King" and mixing up a refreshing-as-hell beverage, and Annika Sorenstam was earning her reputation as the "greatest female golfer of all-time."

The 70s are back in the best way possible, on the golf course, in the Great Northern Catskills. Our courses boast the best conditions around, find out why! 

Thunderhart Golf Course and Resort in the Catskill Mountains
Thunderhart at Sunny Hill & Sunny Hill Resort:

Thunderhart is a championship golf course with 18 holes, four sets of tees, and a par 72 set in the Catskill Basin. Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains, the course offers a variety of doglegs, difficult Par 3's, and a number of ponds and sand traps. Play close to 6,500 yards from the tips for a challenging and ascetically pleasing day outside. The golf course's staff are meticulous about maintaining the 250-acre property, and course superintendent Erik Nicholsen and his staff are skilled in what they do. Every day they're out on the course mowing, maintaining and visually inspecting each green, each fairway, every acre, every day. Thunderhart aims to offer  guests the best conditions, in the best scenery, in the best area for golf in New York State: The Great Northern Catskills.

Christman’s Windham House Golf Course in the Catskills
Christman’s Windham House Golf Course:

Christman's offers one of the most scenic courses in the entire Catskill region, with a trained staff that keep the courses in top condition. Course Superintendent Dave does an outstanding job, and we often hear that they have the best greens around. Dave goes out every day, does a daily check and inspection to make sure whatever needs to happen, happens. A new spray rig helps maintain the conditions across the two courses, including the Mountain Course's 7,150 yards. Not only is it one of the most scenic courses in the East, with the mountains and forests surrounding the property, but it's maintained to tournament conditions every day.

Blackhead Mountain Lodge & Country Club in the Catskills
Blackhead Mountain Lodge & Country Club

This championship golf course is an 18-hole, par 72 course that challenges golfers while offering outstanding views of the Catskill Mountains. Well manicured and meticulously maintained, the course includes strategic shot placements with water hazards, bunkers, doglegs, two-tier greens, and narrow fairways. Blackhead's championship golf course is the only New York State course designed by USGA Architect Nicholas Psiahas. 

Rainbow Golf Club in the Catskills
Rainbow Golf Club Inn & Suites

Usually one of the first golf courses to open for the season in the Catskills, and offering one of the only island greens in the Great Northern Catskills, Rainbow Golf course is one of the only USGA-rated courses around. With 18 holes and five sets of tees, the course is scenic and challenging.

Explore these and other outstanding courses in the Great Northern Catskills and play the Catskill Nine, a series of golf courses in the Catskills collectively known as the Rip Van Winkle Golf Trail.

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