Around Rochester: Golfing in Monroe County

By: Stefanie

Spring has arrived and you know what that means… golf season!  After the long winter months, Rochesterians literally can not wait to get out on the golf courses.  According to the Greater Rochester Visitor Association, "Rochester is said to have more golf holes per capita than any other northeastern city in America; and within the Greater Rochester area, more rounds of golf are played per capita than in many cities twice its size".  It is incredible that we have 82 courses in and around Rochester (within a 45-minute drive), including 20 private country clubs, 35 semi-private clubs and 27 public/resort courses.

Without a private club membership, I usually frequent the public courses.  However, these are still solid courses and very affordable too.  I often play at Genesee Valley Park which is only 5 minutes from campus and is super cheap ($16 for 18 holes during the week and $17 for 18 holes on the weekend – where can you beat that?).  Riverton Golf Club is another great public course – and a tough one at that – which is close to campus and also where the Simon Golf Club has had a student/staff/faculty tournament.

The following golf courses are certainly not public courses, but ones where some lucky students have accompanied Simon professors to play a round.  The famous Oak Hill Country Club has been home to The PGA Championship and The US Open.  The Country Club of Rochester, the city's first private golf course, also has an impressive course and grounds which include swimming, tennis, and skating.

After a few months of not swinging the club, getting out to a driving range can be beneficial to your game.  Big Oak and Genesee Valley are a couple good places and golf lessons are readily available and affordable. 

So whether you are an avid golf fan and player, or have never swung a club before, Rochester's golf courses definitely welcome you!

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