Hudson River Valley
Hudson River Valley

Ulster County

Golf Courses

 All Accord Listings

 Accord Golf Courses

12404, Golf, Golf Club, Accord, Ulster County, public golf course, Rondout Valley, Hudson River Valley, Golf Course, Attractions, 18-hole, 18-hole regulation length course, Driving range, Practice green | Ulster Public Golf Course - Rondout Golf Club

  Rondout Golf Club is located at 10 Bank Street, Accord, NY 12404 in Ulster County.

From Rondout Golf Club: "One of the most scenic Hudson Valley golf courses, Rondout Golf Club was originally a nine-hole course and part of what was then known as the Rondout Pool, Tennis & Golf Association. After a change of ownership, an additional nine holes were added to complete the current layout making it one of the most challenging Upstate NY golf courses. In time the Pool and Tennis portions of the name were discarded and the club became simply, Rondout Country Club, and finally, Rondout Golf Club. The new nine have been integrated into the original nine to create a challenging, yet playable course enjoyed by players of all skill levels. It's a lovely Catskill Mountain public golf course that's not only open to the public, but welcomes annual memberships as well. Public Golf Course - Rondout Golf Club | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Ellenville Listings

 Ellenville Golf Courses

Ellenville NY 12428 9-hole regulation golf course | Ulster Public Golf Course - Shawangunk Country Club

  Shawangunk Country Club, opened in 1918, is located at 38 Country Club Road, Ellenville, NY 12428 in Ulster County.Shawangunk Country Club is a Public Golf Course built in 1918, offering a 9-hole regulation golf course.

Golf Course Information
Public Golf Course
9-hole regulation length course
Tee: 2760 yards / par 34
Course rating / slope = 69.1 / 122
Public Golf Course - Shawangunk Country Club | Ulster  more . . .
 All High Falls Listings

 High Falls Golf Courses

12440, golfers, High Falls, NY, Dutchess County, nine hole golf course,  Mohonk Tower, scorecard, Ulster County, Golf only facility | Ulster Public Golf Course - Stone Dock Golf Club

  Stone Dock Golf Club is located at 12 Stone Dock Road, High Falls NY 12440 in Ulster County.

From Stone Dock Golf Club: "Nestled away in High Falls, New York, Stone Dock Golf Club is a challenging, scenic, nine hole golf course that is open to the public from April - November. With a new Turf Management Program the greens are better than ever. Catch glimpses of the Mohonk Tower as you navigate the 3000 plus scenic yards the course has to offer. Stone Dock features a par 4 fourth hole that crosses two ponds and has a downhill slope to the green, with the Rondout Creek as a challenging backdrop. You will also find two 500 plus yard par 5's that follow the gentle curve of the Rondout. This nine hole course provides four sets of tees to suit the abilities of various levels of golfers." Public Golf Course - Stone Dock Golf Club | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Highland Listings

 Highland Golf Courses

12528, Apple Golf Course, Highland, NY, Ulster County, Golf, Public Course, Golf facility, 9-hole, Driving Range, Tee times, scorecard | Ulster Public Golf Course - Apple Greens Golf Course

  Apple Greens Golf Course is located at 161 South Street, Highland, NY 12528 in Ulster County.

From Apple Greens: "Apple Greens Golf Course is a 27-hole championship golf course located in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Upstate New York. The family owned and operated establishment has been serving golfers of all ages and experience levels since 1995. Whether you live in the area or are just visiting this historic region, a round of golf at Apple Greens should be high on your list of priorities. With its manicured bluegrass fairways, bentgrass greens, and 4 teeing areas to choose from, the course is challenging yet fun to play, and forces golfers to utilize every club in their bag. Comfortably nestled in the Town of Lloyd, Apple Greens also provides golfers with awe-inspiring views of the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountain Regions year-round. Public Golf Course - Apple Greens Golf Course | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Kerhonkson Listings

 Kerhonkson Golf Courses

12446, Resort & Spa, Kerhonkson, NY, Shawangunk Mountains, Catskill views, 18-hole championship golf course, European health spa, heated indoor & outdoor pools, spa, fitness center with Jacuzzi, sauna, steam rooms, Indoor heated pool, The word is | Ulster Hudson Valley Resort & Spa

  Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is located at 400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson, NY 12446 in Ulster County.

From Hudson Valley Resort: "Nestled in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains and surrounded by gorgeous Catskill views, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa offers 270 well appointed guestrooms and suites, a challenging 18-hole championship golf course, and full service European health spa. Our versatile resort conference center and group retreat is the ideal setting for your conference, wedding, or group event and features more than 41,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, performance venues, and banquet halls. On-site amenities include heated indoor & outdoor pools, a modern spa and fitness center with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, an arcade center and game room, tennis and basketball courts, free wireless internet access, and so much more. Hudson Valley Resort & Spa | Ulster  website and more . . .

12446, Hudson Valley Resort, Spa, Kerhonkson, Shawangunk Mountain Range, Hudson Valley, championship course, Golf Course, Attractions, 18-hole, championship course, Driving range, Putting green | Ulster Public Golf Course - Hudson Valley Resort & Spa

  Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is located at 400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson, NY 12446 in Ulster County.

Winding through the magnificent Shawangunk Mountain range, the Championship Golf Course at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is as challenging as it is beautiful. Now open to the public, our 18-hole course features rolling hills, peaceful ponds, long lush fairways, and perfectly manicured greens. Public Golf Course - Hudson Valley Resort & Spa | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Kingston Listings

 Kingston Golf Courses

Golf Club, Kingston, New York, 18-hole, Robert Trent Jones, golf course, golfing, driving range, Golf Association, about golfing, Attractions, 18-hole, regulation length course, Hudson River Golf Association | Ulster Private Golf Course - Wiltwyck Golf Club

  The Wiltwyck Golf Club is located at 404 Steward Lane, Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County.

Wiltwyck Golf Club is the premier family oriented private club in the mid-Hudson Valley located in Kingston conveniently off exit 19 of the New York State Thruway. Founded in 1933, Wiltwyck relocated to its present location in 1954. It is a member owned, private club offering top quality golf, pool, tennis and social activities for its members and their guests in a relaxed and elegant environment. A sanctuary of sportsmanship, camaraderie, comfort and hospitality - member satisfaction is our highest mission. Private Golf Course - Wiltwyck Golf Club | Ulster  website and more . . .

12041, Alapaha Links, Alapaha Golf, Kingston, NY, Ulster County, Public golf course, Golf only facility, 9-hole, driving range, Course Attractions | Ulster Public Golf Course - Alapaha Golf Links

  Alapaha Golf Links, a public golf course, is located at 180 Sawkill Road, Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County.

From Alapaha Golf Links: "Alapaha is a scenic golf course located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains in New York. Architects Stewart Kessman & Hal Purdy designed Alapaha Golf Links which was opened to public in 1995." Public Golf Course - Alapaha Golf Links | Ulster  more . . .

12401, Ascot Park, golf, Miniature golf, Driving range, practice range, Kingston, New York, Ulster County, Golf Course, Attractions | Ulster Public Golf Course - Ascot Golf, Driving Range, Miniature Golf

  Ascot Park is a golf practice range and miniature golf course located at 163 Esopus Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County.

From Ascot Park: "Ascot Park is a Driving Range with a putting green and chipping green. We have a 18 hole miniature golf course. We offer birthday parties. We also do fundraisers." Public Golf Course - Ascot Golf, Driving Range, Miniature Golf | Ulster  more . . .

12041, Green Acres, Kingston, Ulster County, Golf Course, Attractions, Golf Attractions, 9-hole regulation course | Ulster Public Golf Course - Green Acres

  Green Acres Golf Course, a 9-hole public golf course, is located at 250 Harwich Street, Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County.

From Green Acres: Course and website in development. Public Golf Course - Green Acres | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All New Paltz Listings

 New Paltz Golf Courses

12561, Resort, New Paltz NY, dining, activities, attractions, tennis, golf, lake swimming, boating, fishing, Spa, horseback riding, hiking, walking, running trails, platform tennis, putting green, cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, ice-skating | Ulster Mohonk Mountain House Resort & Restaurant

  Mohonk Mountain House Resort, is located at 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 in Dutchess County.

From Mohonk Mountain House: "Family-owned and operated since 1869, Mohonk Mountain House is an award-winning resort near the Catskill Mountains. Perfect for idyllic family vacations, romantic escapes, and instant getaways, our Victorian castle resort invites guests to be as active or relaxed as they want to be. Mohonk Mountain House is a spectacular Victorian Castle resort overlooking Lake Mohonk, in the heart of a scenic natural area comprised of more than 40,000 acres. Since 1869, guests have found a place for recreation and renewal of body, mind, and spirit in our unique mountaintop setting. The sight of this enchanting castle, sweeping lawns, award-winning gardens never fails to delight. Mohonk Mountain House Resort & Restaurant | Ulster  website and more . . .

12561, Mohonk, Golf Course, Mohonk Mountain Resort, New Paltz, golf, golf course, Scottish, old-world New York State, Attractions, 9-hole course, Winter, Outdoor Activities, Ice skating, Ski rentals, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing | Ulster Public Golf Course - Mohonk Golf Course

  Mohonk Golf Course, at Mohonk Mountain House Resort, is located at 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 in Ulster County.

From Mohonk: "Mohonk’s 117-year-old course is a shot-maker’s paradise. Like other early courses in America designed at the turn of the 19th century, ours has a strong Scottish influence. It was first laid out by Mother Nature and Albert Smiley (Mohonk’s founder), along with two house guests, E.E. Schermerhorn and Mr. James Talcott. The original layout in 1897 was 1600 yards. In 1911, Mr. Robert Pryde, a Scotsman working in Yale, Connecticut, was the go-to man for golf courses. He lengthened the course and added Scottish charm. Pryde brought the length to 2350 yards. (The current length is 2707). Mr. Pryde, before immigrating to America, worked at St. Andrews. He was called upon to help design some of the first courses in the northeast. Mohonk’s golf course features undulating fairways that require you hit to flat landing areas we call bowls. The course protects itself with blind tee shots and uneven lies. Mohonk’s 19th century design is able to battle 21st century equipment—a testament to Mr. Pryde’s lasting influence. Public Golf Course - Mohonk Golf Course | Ulster  website and more . . .

12561 Ulster County, New Paltz Golf, Golf Course, New Paltz, nine-hole course, golfing, Shawangunk Mountains, scenic, golfers, tournaments, Golf Course Information | Ulster Public Golf Course - New Paltz Golf Course

  New Paltz Golf Course is located at 215 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY 12561 in Ulster County.

From New Paltz Golf Course: "The New Paltz Golf Course, open to the public, is a superb nine-hole course. With total yardage at 3460 from the blue tees, it presents a challenge for even the finest player, while shorter yardage from the white and the ladies' tees make the course a pleasurable golfing experience for all who play and enjoy the game. The New Paltz Golf Course is set against the backdrop of the noble Shawangunk Mountains and bordering the Wallkill River. Public Golf Course - New Paltz Golf Course | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Spring Glen Listings

 Spring Glen Golf Courses

12483, Homowack Golf Course, Spring Glen, NY, Ulster County, Golf Course Attractions, Attractions, 9-hole regulation length golf course, 9-hole golf course, golfers, 9-hole facility, Driving range | Ulster Public Golf Course - Homowack Lodge Golf Course

  Homowack Lodge Golf Course is located at Old Route 209 in Spring Glen, NY 12483 in Ulster County.

From Homowack Lodge: "Homowack Lodge Golf Course, built in 1971, is a 9-hole regulation length golf course in Spring Glen, New York. This short layout provides for a fun golf experience for golfers of all skill levels. Difficulty level of the course is unknown at this time, but will be provided soon. Online tee times may be available at Homowack Lodge Golf Course or at nearby golf courses, often at a substantial discount from the going green fees rate." Public Golf Course - Homowack Lodge Golf Course | Ulster  website and more . . .

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Ulster County

Golf Courses

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For golf courses in Ulster County New York. Visit Ulster County Golf Courses where you will find a list of Golf Courses by location within Ulster County.

Select a private or public golf course at List of Private and Public Golf Courses . Plan your next golf vacation in New York and enjoy one of the many championship Golf Courses in Ulster County and the beautiful Hudson River Valley.

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Golf Terminology
    Private Equity Golf Course
    A "Private-equity-club" is a club where your membership fee makes you an owner of the golf club. This is similar to a "partnership". If you leave the club you can sell your ownership to someone else - subject to the rules of the club. You are also responsible for assessments that might arise if the club has financial problems.

    Private Non-Equity Golf Course
    In a "Non-equity club", your membership fee is generally an up-front initiation charge. If you leave the club, you cannot recover your membership fee.

History of Golf

    Pre 1400: The Origins of the Game
    Throughout recorded history, every civilization has played a game with a club and a ball. Pangea for example, as described by Roman scribes, would appear to be the father both of modern hockey and the Celtic games of Shinty and Hurling. In one form or another, the variant games of present day golf were clearly enjoyed throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. The game persisted over the centuries and the form that it took and rules that were applied varied as widely as the terrain the game was played over. In short, the game consisted of knocking a ball from one pre-designated place to another where the ball was to be struck off a predetermined object in the least number of blows. Games often extended from village to village.

    That this game was ousted from the towns and onto the commons land beyond is one possible solution to the question of how it all began. Whatever the exact origins, it is known that by the 15th century, kolf as it was known in the Netherlands and golf as it was referred to in England, was a pastime enjoyed by Kings and Commoners alike. It's kinship to the Great Game however, remains entirely questionable. So widespread was the game of Gowf , as it was known in Scotland, that an Act of Parliament was passed to prevent the playing of the game on Sundays and thus preserve the skills of Archery. The citizens of Aberdeen, St. Andrews and Leith on Scotland's East Coast were the principal gowfing miscreants and it was no coincidence that rolling sandy links land was commonplace here. On this very terrain, a game that started with a cleek and a ball took on a form that started an evolutionary process that continues to this day.

    The question of how it all began may be of pressing concern to some but to the Scot, it is sufficient to know that the game was born on the links land of eastern Scotland. Here, the game has been nurtured for over five hundred years and from here, it has been raised to the great game played and loved by millions throughout the world.

    1750 - 1850: The Robertons of St. Andrews
    This was the period when golf as we know it today came to be. It was in this time that many of today's great golf clubs were founded and the leading players of the era started to gain renown. The great club-makers and ball-makers of the era began to emerge and the clubs produced by these skilled craftsmen were coveted to the extent that forgeries became commonplace.

    Top players began to regularly gather for 'meetings' when medal and match-play rounds were organized, with distinctions made for the first time between amateur and professional players. Allan Robertson, of the famous ball-making family in St Andrews, is widely credited as being the first golf professional. But before Allan, his Grandfather Peter was described as a professional golfer and although history knows little of this man, his reputation survived him and his prowess was widely acknowledged. One epic contest in 1843 was between Allan Robertson and Willie Dunn, two of the best players of that time. The challenge was held over 20 rounds (2 rounds per day over 10 days) and it was Robertson who triumphed - two rounds up with one to play.

    1850 - 1890: The Morris and Park Era
    If golf as we know it had its birth in the dim and distant past of the 17th century and its upbringing under the Robertson family on the links of St Andrews, then its adolescence occurred abruptly between 1848 and 1852. Three highly significant events occurred in St Andrews that were to turn the game from the parochial into the global. The first of these events was the discovery of the "gutta percha" based ball, known as the "gutty" by James Patterson in 1848. More importantly, the durability of this new ball in turn encouraged the development of iron-faced clubs and so continued the process of evolution.

    Then in 1852 the railway came to St Andrews and with it the progenitors of the millions who have made the pilgrimage since. Now the links was played by all and sundry throughout the year and not simply restricted to the busy spring and autumn meetings. The R & A erected it's now famous clubhouse in consequence of the railway, scores of ex-pat colonialists retired to the town and families took up residence so that their sons could attend the University, which was gradually assuming a stature comparable with Oxford and Cambridge. If the 'gutty' transformed the game, the railway certainly transformed the town of St Andrews.

    The third event of this period, which comes in two parts, is surely one of the most important events in the long history of the game. Every individual who has made a living out of hitting a golf ball should hold April 20th 1851 as the nativity for that was the birth date of Young Tom Morris, one of the game's greatest early exponents. Similarly, every green-keeper, designer or administrator should express some word of gratitude on the 1st of July for it was on that day in 1851 that Old Tom Morris left for Prestwick to create the first purpose built golf course on the links of Monkton parish.

    It was in 1860 that the first Open Championship was held at Prestwick and was contested by eight leading professionals. The first winner was Willie Park for which he received a red Morocco leather belt with silver clasps as the first prize. The Open continued to be held at Prestwick for 11 years and the Morris's dominated the early events. Old Tom had won the event four times by 1867 and Young Tom subsequently completed a quartet of wins, after which he was allowed to keep the Belt.

    Young Tom Morris was raised on the links of Prestwick Golf Club and it was there that he honed a game that was as revolutionary as the new iron clubs that he had purpose made by Stewart in St Andrews. Irons that were previously resorted to for a bad lie were now used for driving, lofting, jiggering and putting.

    Young Tom Morris also knew his worth and he demanded and obtained a good living from the flair that he brought to the game. In this sense he was the first true modern professional golfer. The Morris's accrued an incredible record, with Old Tom winning the Open in 1861, '62, '64 and '67, while Young Tom won in 1868, '69, '70 and 72. Across the Firth of Forth in Musselburgh another family came close to matching them when Willie Park Sr. and Jr. won the Open six times between them. Old Tom and Willie Sr. won all but one Open (1865) prior to the emergence of Young Tom. Both were much-loved figures and were responsible for the standards of sportsmanship with which the game is synonymous today.

    1890 - 1914: The Great Triumvirate
    This era will always be remembered for the mark left on the game of golf by John Henry Taylor, Harry Vardon and James Braid. Known as the great triumvirate, they collected sixteen Open Championships between them and have left an indelible impression on the game of golf.

    Harry Vardon hailed from the Channel Island of Jersey and Henry Taylor from Devon in England. The emergence of Vardon and Taylor before the end of the 19th century attests to the rapid spread and widespread play of the game. Both had already established themselves as Open Champions before they were joined by James Braid. The three between them collected 16 Open titles and 13 second-place finishes and almost completely excluded a host of great Scots players from the records of the game during that particular period of time.

    While Vardon won the US Open of 1900 during a tour of America where he played in approximately 80 matches and winning 70 of them, Braid's decision to remain at home was well rewarded as an exhibition match player. Braid also established himself in course design, building Gleneagles and Nairn to name but two of his many jewels.

    What started as a trickle of Scots golfers to the US, became commonplace by the turn of the century when anyone who could swing a club on a Scots links was able to find a lucrative niche as a professional in the US. The early US Open Champions were all Scots born players who, as teachers and mentors produced players that would come to further transform the game.

    1920 - 1939: Between the Great Wars
    The First World War decimated Scottish golf. Every village war memorial attests to the numbers who fell in France and few clubs are without a memorial to some rising star, who played out his last match on the fields of Flanders. Some great players survived but the consequence of terror gutted their game. Those that came through unscathed were few in number, determined never to see the like again and often took the decision to play in America - golf's promised land.

    There was one notable exception in the mercurial George Duncan. He won the first post-war Open at Deal in 1920 when Sandy Herd at the age of 51 was runner-up. Duncan also played in the Ryder Cups of '27 and '29, captaining the side in 1931. Scottish golfers were sorely tried by the wave of first generation Americans that returned to assault the Championships after the War.

    Jock Hutchison was the last St Andrews born player to win the Open, while Paul Lawrie was the last native Scot when he won at Carnoustie in 1999. After Jock's win, the Open was dominated by the American, Walter Hagen who won the first of his four Open titles in 1922 at St George's and followed up with victories in '24, '28 and '29. Together with his compatriots Jim Barnes (1925), Gene Sarazen (1932) and the incomparable Bobby Jones who won in 1926 and '27, this was an unprecedented period of Open Championship domination by US players.

    The year 1922 saw 20 years old Gene Sarazen burst onto the scene in dramatic fashion, landing both the US Open and US PGA Championship, retaining the latter the following year after a play off with Walter Hagen. Hagen bounced right back after this setback and won the next four PGA Championships from 1924 to 1927. The Ryder Cup was held for the first time in 1927, when the United States, captained by Walter Hagen, took on and comprehensively defeated their counterparts from Great Britain & Ireland.

    1946 - 1960: The Emergence of the World Game
    If the First World War decimated Scottish golf, the second came close to gutting it completely. The First War took the players - the Second War took the golf courses.

    The Scottish links lands border long sandy beaches, usually in remote places of low population density. As a result, it did not take a brilliant military mind to reason that the links beaches would make for ideal disembarkation sites and the courses equally perfect places for airborne landings. Few courses remained unscathed - golf was not only suspended for the duration of the War, it was very nearly extinguished.

    US golf became pre-eminent and though the Americans may not have been entirely responsible for winning the war, they did win the battle of post-war golf. One could argue that not having experienced the social and economic upheaval of Europe or the long interruption of play, they were infinitely better prepared for the resumption of golfing hostilities.

    The US domination of the Open Championship itself however, did not occur after the war as it had in the pre-war era of Hagan and Jones. Sceptics argue that the Americans did not play because doing so would have resulted in loss of earnings at home but history tells a different story. Though Sam Snead won the first post-war Open at St Andrews in 1946 and Ben Hogan was victorious in his only visit to Carnoustie in 1953; every other major figure in US golf had come and gone with notably less success. English players were dominant in the immediate post-war years, with Cotton, Burton, Faulkner and Daly (Irish) all winning.

    It was the Colonials however; who were to do the real damage as far as the Open was concerned. Bobby Locke from the Transvaal, a first generation South African Irishman and Peter Thomson, an Australian of solid Scots stock were about to take the golfing world by storm. These two overwhelmed golf in a period of a few years when Locke won in 1947 and '51 and Thomson in '54, '55, '56, '58 and again in '65. Indeed, Thomson never finished worse than second from 1952 to 1958.

    1961: Today - The Global Game of Golf
    The record books do not lie and Scottish Golf, though healthy at home, was faring ill abroad. The game had become truly global with players from Taiwan and Japan threatening for major honours. The Swedes were gathering amateur honours throughout Europe and there seemed no end to the talent emerging from Spain.

    American Golf had come into maturity with a vengeance in the form of Arnold Palmer. Palmer played the game as it should be played - with verve and a swashbuckling style.

    In Palmers absence in 1964, Tip Anderson carried the bag of Tony Lema through the most testing gales on the Old Course. It was Lema's win more than any other event that put paid to the excuse that the game had changed and that the new form of golf required only an accurate lofted shot to a soft pulpy green - a shot at which the Americans were clearly adept. The leader board of the '64 Open showed that Jack Nicklaus and plenty more US stars could play the chip-and-run under the wind as well as any that had gone before and as well as any of the home bred players.

    There is no doubt that the game itself had changed with the new courses that were being built throughout the world. American architects led by Robert Trent Jones were building courses that were both long and difficult. Greens were soft and holding in contrast to the hard running greens of the links. The grassy fairways presented another type of problem as the ball sat up on the lush grasses and required club contact quite different to that on the tight lies of the links. Possibly of greater significance was the early adoption in the US of the 'big ball' - the 1.66-inch ball that required a different strike and made for greater control.

    Great exponents of the game poured out of the US and the US Tour was becoming a multi-million dollar industry with even mediocre golfers, grossing millions of dollars not only through tournament play but also through commercial endorsements.

    Following the foundation of the European Tour and the opening of the Ryder Cup to European players, sponsorship grew and European golf blossomed into a money market comparable to that of the US tour. One final ingredient was required however - a star with the charisma of a Palmer and the appeal of a Nicklaus. And so as they say, a star was born. 1979 saw a smiling young genius becoming the first Spaniard to win the Open, with Jack Nicklaus coming second in the race for the Claret Jug for a record seventh time - Seve had arrived on the world scene.

    Lee Trevino won his second US PGA Championship in 1984, made all the more special by the fact that only eight years previously, he was seriously injured having been struck by a lightning bolt. Germany's Bernhard Langer turned the tables on Ballesteros in 1985, beating him in the Masters and gaining revenge for his two-shot defeat in the Open the previous year. 1985 also witnessed the first European success in the Ryder Cup and two years later the US team tasted defeat again but this time on home soil. The Masters of 1986 was perhaps the most thrilling of all. A fantastic late surge from the Golden Bear saw him win his sixth Masters title at the age of 46 - his 21st major victory in an as of yet unparalleled career.

    Not until 1994, did a player with the potential to match the greatness of past legends, come along. Speculation started when Tiger Woods won the US Amateur Championship, continued when he retained it the following year, grew when he became the youngest ever champion at the Masters and climaxed as he stormed to six wins out of six starts in the 1999/2000 season.

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Its your health - Protect It

If you are playing golf at an Ulster County Golf Course, ask if pesticides are used on the golf course. If they are - ask why?

Health Tip
Tip on how to protect your health and minimize your pesticide exposure while on a golf course in Ulster County.
  • Avoid golf course areas sprayed with pesticides until the pesticide has dried. Call the golf starter to ask about applications.

  • Never place tees or golf balls in the mouth.

  • Avoid placing food, cigars and cigarettes on the ground.

  • Wash hands and forearms at the end of a round or before eating.

  • Request MSDS sheets from the golf course superintendent for information about the chemicals applied.

The following questions and answers regarding the use of pesticides on the golf course are sourced from

    Are golf courses exempt from commercial lawn application (application of pesticides) marker posting?

    Under Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 33-0101.46(e), the application of pesticides on golf courses is not considered to be a "Commercial lawn application." Visual notification markers of commercial lawn application of pesticides are not required to be posted on any treated area of the golf course .

    Do applicators (application of pesticides) need to notify people who live next to a golf course?

    Under ECL 33-0101.46(e), the application of pesticides on golf courses is not considered to be a "Commercial lawn application." Therefore, the applicator treating the golf course with pesticides would not need to meet neighbor notification requirements under ECL Section 33-1004. This means they would not need to notify neighbors, such as those in a single family dwelling or other premises within 150' of the site of application.

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