If you’re looking for an ideal spot to hit the links, try this for a change – look north to Lake Placid.
You’ll find the perfect golfing vacation in the Adirondack Mountains playing one of the oldest courses in the country, at The Whiteface Club & Resort on Lake Placid. The USGA officially dates the layout back to 1898. Cut through Adirondack pine, the course offers spectacular alpine scenery at almost every turn.
To make it a perfect vacation, stay at the beautiful Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa three miles away, with 131 rooms facing both the Adirondack high peaks and the scenic lake that shares its name.
Players of all abilities have been hitting the links at the Whiteface Club for more than a century. Under the guidance of 40-year Club Professional J. Peter Martin, a golf author who has been elected into the Northeastern New York PGA Hall of Fame, the course was ranked fourth in the Classic Course category and 11th overall in New York State by “Golfweek” in 2014.
The course’s signature hole is the sixth, where golfers tee off facing Whiteface Mountain, the fifth-highest peak in New York State (4,867 feet) and site of the alpine skiing events in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
“You get a beautiful, clear day and you stand up there and you are literally aiming at the peak of the mountain,” said Sandy Caligiore, spokesman for the two resorts.
Recently, management has given it a major sprucing up, irrigating the course and bringing a fresh look to the resort. For the ultimate visit, check out the club’s special Golf Packages, which include greens fees and use of a golf cart.
But that’s not all. The resort owners are also creating a new neighborhood of custom-designed homes on site called Forest Brook Estates. The subdivision includes 22 properties of one to three acres each. Residents who live there will enjoy sweeping views of the Southern Range of the Adirondacks and the golf course from their homes. They will also be treated to a full slate of services. The staff will care for their lawns, remove snow and collect garbage, and will check on a home in cold weather if the owners are away.
Residents will also receive complimentary memberships to the club, which includes not just the golf course, but also a tennis center, a marina on Lake Placid, cross-country ski trails in the winter and two restaurants.
The Whiteface Club and Resort remains the oldest continuously operated resort in the Adirondacks, and the only resort community within the six-million-acre park.
For visiting golfers, the Whiteface Club and Resort’s sister property, The Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, is the perfect place to stay. Family-owned since the 1930s, the resort and its staff have earned the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond distinction for the past 33 straight years.
There’s plenty to do there when you’re not golfing (if you’re ever not golfing), or for the partner who prefers other activities. It’s also a wonderful spot to do nothing at all. Sunbathe surrounded by gorgeous scenery, relax in the jacuzzi or go for a swim. You can take a dip in the lake or in one of the two heated pools – one indoor and one outdoor. The spa was recently enhanced with a $1 million renovation. Go for a massage, or try the maple sugar body scrub.
For meals, dine at any of three restaurants – the elegant and romantic View, Lake Placid’s only AAA Four-Diamond “Exceptional” restaurant; the casual Taste Bistro & Bar with comfort food infused with the delights of French, German and Italian cuisine (with live music on weekends); and the trendy Cottage, which overhangs the lake. (Try the Bloody Marys. The Cottage is famous for them.)
It all adds up to an unforgettable stay. With an excellent course, luxurious lodging and amenities and a magnificent setting, you may find yourself deciding to make this your go-to location for golf vacations.