Ottawa-area golfers in the mood for a holiday that includes easy-going games and a touch of history can get a whole lot of satisfaction at Bluff Point Golf Resort in upstate New York.
A laidback atmosphere greets players as they turn into the resort’s entrance and roll along a driveway lined with soothing cottonwood trees that are more than 100 years old.
Upon reaching the clubhouse, they’ll be able to look down the fourth fairway and see magnificent Lake Champlain, which borders the 166-yard, par-three fifth hole.
And when they swing through the par 72, 6,309-layout during a round, they’ll have laid eyes on the majestic Green Mountains of Vermont and the awesome Adirondack Mountains of New York.
“Bluff Point is considered the oldest resort golf course in the U.S.,” says owner Paul Dame. “It was designed in the late 19th century by Albert W. Tillinghast, who also created such famous courses as Baltusrol, Bethpage Black and Winged Foot. The track features eye-opening elevated tees and our talented maintenance crew keeps the fairways lush and the greens consistently roll well.”
Dame says that when modern day golfers play Bluff Point, they are walking or riding along where several major American historical figures and golfing legends once hung out.
“New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth played here in an invitational tournament during the mid-1930s and recorded a one-under 70 when the course was a par 71,” Dame says. “President William McKinley, who didn’t golf but loved to vacation in the area, used to sit under a favourite tree, which was struck down by lightning exactly one year after McKinley was assassinated.
“Golf great Walter Hagen returned here after winning the British Open and another icon of the game, Gene Sarazan, also played Bluff Point. President William Howard Taft and President Franklin D. Roosevelt vacationed on this historic property. Roosevelt did so in his early years as assistant secretary of the navy.”
These days, when Ottawa golfers make the two-and-a-half hour drive to the resort that is about 15 minutes south of Plattsburgh off Interstate 87, they can take advantage of midweek or weekend packages in the fully equipped Adirondack-style cottages and suites.
The midweek offer goes for $84 per person from Sunday nights through Thursday nights and includes a one-night stay and two rounds of golf with a power cart.
The weekend special goes for $94 per person on Friday or Saturday nights and features a one-night stay and one round of golf while riding in a power cart. Canadian money is accepted at par.
For more details, directions and to book a stay, call toll free at 1.800.438.0985 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.