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Leatherstocking Golf Course at Otesaga Resort is famous for hosting Baseball Hall of Famers annually. Many baseball greats have played golf on this historic golf course.

Considered one of the East Coast’s most scenic and challenging golf courses, Leatherstocking Golf Course at the historic Otesaga Resort Hotel sweeps along the southern shore of Lake Otsego in Cooperstown, New York. The Otesaga opened in 1909 and was inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 1994. Designed by golf course architect Devereux Emmet, the Leatherstocking Course opened in 1909 and retains Emmet’s original design. Emmet designed as many as 150 golf courses in his career and was an award-winning amateur player, as well. While many of Emmet's designs have been lost over the years, a round on Leatherstocking offers a chance to play on one of the finest courses on the East Coast. It boasts two great finishing holes: #17 par 3 playing up to 195 yards over water, and #18 par 5 with an island tee and the fairway along the lake. Players can observe the natural beauty of Cooperstown from tees at the 11th and 16th holes. The 18th hole presents golfers with an island tee, bringing a view Otsego Lake as part of the course. With more lake views along the fairway, the 18th hole is the perfect ending to a round of golf in this tranquil setting.

Leatherstocking Golf Course has been lauded as one of the most scenic and challenging courses on the east coast through critical acclaim. The course is also recognized for environmental excellence as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Cooperstown is famously home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Leatherstocking Golf Course hosts an annual golf tournament for the Hall of Famers during the Hall of Fame induction weekend. Many National Baseball Hall of Famers, such as Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, have played this historic course.


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