Saranac Inn Golf
This is a nicely manicured course that opens from June to October. The fairways are mostly wide open with a few young trees planted for decoration. The course is very hilly and provides a great deal of exercise for those who do not have a cart.
from the ads:
" The course was designed using the natural terrain to provide a wonderful golfing experience, with spectacular mountain views, pure mountain air and a memorable fragrance emanating form the balsams that line the course. Fully irrigated with bent grass greens, the course has a reputation as one of most carefully maintained and challenging resort courses in the Northeast."
It is 6000 yards from the short tees and 6800 on the long tees. Because of the hills, it plays like a much longer course and takes a good three hours to complete. Water is a hazard specifically on three holes and peripherally on two others. Some tees and greens are elevated to make club selection a bit tricky.
Even on the short tees it is a pretty difficult course for differs like my. The better than average player (like my friend Don) who hit fairly straight and where they aim will manage the course well. Power, unless it is controlled, will only get you into trouble with the long rough and undergrowth.
Greens fees are pretty stiff: $65 for 18holes with cart (which I suggest you use).
There is a small driving range and a pro shop on the premises.
Equipment: There is a nice pro shop where you can buy balls and tees and talk to someone about the course. The management requires decent attire (No tee shirts, tank tops or fishnet shirts, nor jeans or brief shorts.)
- Road Trip
The Adirondacks offer a multitude of choices for canoeing. Here , the scenery we experienced last month on a several hour journey.
This trip began at the lower dam at Lows Lake, reached via a dirt road off of Rte. 421 (close to Tupper Lake). The Bog River Flow provides seven miles of flatwater paddling, thanks to the construction of two dams in 1903.
From the lower dam it is a three-mile voyage to reach Hitchens Pond and the Upper Dam. We did this trip with 23 canoes as part of a family reunion. We brought a picnic lunch and paddled to Hitchens Pond, where we enjoyed a fine feast, a swim, and awesome beauty.
The trip is incredibly peaceful and beautiful; not a sign of civilization anywhere, just endless natural wonders. We saw herons and several eagles. There is no way to describe the incredible sight of an eagle soaring down and catching a fish in the pond.
For those who wish to travel further, a short carry leads to a four-mile waterway that leads to Lows Lake. Lows Lake has 39 campsites.
Equipment: Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake can provide great advice about canoe trips, and rents a variety of canoes and kayaks.
Raquette River Outfitters
1754 State Route 30, PO Box 653
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
See the website below.
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