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These 18 holes are a difficult challenge for the beginner golfer. Tight fairways with dense tree lines and water hazards across the fairway and along the perimeters and behind the greens.
Some holes are heavily bunkered and others have difficult elevated greens. The long course is 6300 grueling yards and the short course is 5500 yards.
Greens fees with a cart are $35 maximum (less on weekdays or seniors).
Call ahead for tee scheduling because tournaments and club meets are often played at popular times.
Spend a couple hours walking/riding up and down the hills and getting some clean fresh air and a lot of exercise. Good for the heart and the mind.
Updated Oct 17, 2008
Address: 355 Washington Street
I have never played this venue but have several friends who have and will give you their assessment.
The course is not too long (short tees 5500 yards, long tees 6400 yards) but 18 holes of walking up and down on this course really needs requires a cart.
The greens are bent grass and well-maintained (although a bit fast in hot summers). The fairways are medium wide and consist mostly of bermuda grass with fescues for roughs which tend to be long and tricky.
Green fees range from $30-$40 (with cart) depending on day of the week and your age.
Sometimes the local newspapers and flyers have $5 discount coupons that are good for 30-days.
You don't normally need to call ahead for tee times but it is probably better if you do. The phone number is given below. The course opens in April and stays open to after first freeze in November.
Dress code is similar to other courses in the area: no cut-offs; collared short and normal pants or shorts are preferred.
There is a decent driving range where you can warmup with a bucket of balls for $5.
There is a practice green before the waiting area for the first hole.
There is only a snack bar available with beverages and finger foods.
Updated Sep 5, 2007
Address: 5719 Ridge Road West
This is more of a fun thing to do or a place to just get some swing time exercise. It has 18-holes (in two sets of 9) but they are all par 3. They have clubs to rent in the pro-shop/snack-bar (which is quite small).
It is a family-own and operated affair with pretty good maintenance on the course in mid-summer but a little shabby in spring and fall.
The fairways are mid-wide with mature trees along the periphery. The fairway quickly gives way to rough so you want to stay out from under the trees.
Water hazards are few and only come into play on one hole. But they have "waisted" several of the holes (brought the fairway in between a narrow alley of trees) as a way of putting some challenge to those holes. Sand traps are at three of the greens. Otherwise it is an easy course to play. Fun for the not-so-good player; boring for the person who really gets into his/her golf.
Cost is only $10 for 18-holes (no cart is needed) and it takes about two hours or so to play.
Written Jul 9, 2007
Address: 600 trimmer road
This is one of the newer additions to the golf course circuit in the Rochester area.
Its 18 holes aren't very difficult with well manicured fairways but very thick rough.
We play the 5600 length course for $20 including cart.
The place is never crowded so reservations are not required. Other than the rough, there are few hazards (more like a mowed field than a normal golf course). But that suits a hack like me who can't hit a strong ball but can be fairly straight.
We have never used any of the course amenities (pro shop or snack bar) so I cannot comment on them.
It is a comfortable course to play without much stress or pressure.
Written May 14, 2007
Address: 7061 Ridge Road West (route 104)
This is a family owned and operated 18-hole, public golf facility.
It has wide open fairways on undulating land with few major traps.
Water is present on the perimeter of several holes but only comes into play on two holes.
The greens vary from table-top to elevated to mounded.
The short course is 5000 (just right for me) and the long course is a difficult 6300.
Cost of a cart and 18-holes is a bit higher than other courses in the area; $30-40.
Written May 14, 2007
Address: 1189 Ogden Parma Town Line Rd