A golf getaway awaits in Rochester, N.Y. – the third largest city in New York State. For a modest city adorning the southern shore of Lake Ontario in western New York, Rochester has long stood as one of America’s most avid golfing cities, steeped in the game’s history and traditions.
Long known as one of the country’s top cities for golf, you can play more gorgeous golf for less money in the Rochester area than in any other American city.
It doesn’t matter if you’re dead-serious about your game and looking to eat up challenging courses – or, you just want to have fun knocking it around with your traveling companions: The opportunities to play in Rochester are limitless. Consider these facts:
- There are 62 resort, semi-private and public courses for you to choose from – all within a 45- mile radius of the center of Rochester.
- The area is rich with courses designed by legends and up-and-coming course architects. Some of them rank in the top 10 of “America’s 100 Greatest Courses” by Golf Magazine.
- Rochester is one of the most affordable places to play, with an abundance of off-course activities. After your round, you will find entertainment, shopping, and dining for every taste — from family-friendly to the coolest kind of “19th Hole” nightlife. In some major golf areas, there are long commutes and waits for a tee time. Not so around Rochester.
Rochester and the adjoining Finger Lakes feature many semiprivate/public golf courses. Including, Ravenwood Golf Club, Deerfield Country Club, Mill Creek, Blue Heron Hills, Eagle Vale and The Links at Greystone. The Finger Lakes Golf Trail includes packages with nearby accommodations at The Woodcliff Hotel and Spa and the Holiday Inn Express among others.
One of the oldest Rochester public courses is at Durand-Eastman Park, which opened its first nine holes in 1917 and added another nine in 1934. Churchville Park offers one 18-hole course and one 9-hole course, while Genesee Valley Park boasts two 18-hole courses. All three parks provide a clubhouse, pro shop and food concession area and all feature naturally beautiful settings.
Rochester will enjoy golf’s spotlight again this year, when one of the game’s major events, the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, returns to the storied East Course of Oak Hill Country Club from May 21-26.
Daily grounds tickets to the 80th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship range from $25 to $45 USD. Tickets are available for purchase at srpga.com. Juniors 17 years of age and younger will be admitted into the Championship grounds for FREE when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
In 2023, the PGA Championship will be contested at Oak Hill for the fourth time. Oak Hill is the only club in the United States to have hosted all six of the men’s major championships that move around the country, including the U.S. Open, Amateur and Senior Open, and the Ryder Cup.
Learn more about Rochester golf and playing options at VisitRochester.com/golf.