The Sagamore Resort

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Experience the challenges and the beauty of the historic Donald Ross-designed golf course at the Sagamore Resort.




The Sagamore Resort’s championship golf course fairways are lush, narrow, and lined with hardwood, while deep bunkers surround undulating greens.
The course was designed by Donald Ross, a Scottish immigrant and legendary landscape architect responsible for creating many legendary golf courses. An apprentice of Old Tom Morris, Ross had trained at St. Andrews in the 1890s, and then spent most of his career and life in the United States. He eventually built dozens of iconic fairways throughout the United States, including Aronimink Golf Club, Seminole Golf Club, Oak Hill Country Club, and the celebrated Pinehurst No. 2. His influence on the game and its architecture continues to this day, on his historic courses and on new courses his designs inspired

Ross himself built The Sagamore Resort’s golf course in 1928, although the business would not acquire the venue until a year later. The resort had specifically bought the course at a discounted rate due to the harsh economic effects wrought from the onset of the Great Depression. In fact, most of the money used to obtain Ross’ course came from a wealthy entrepreneur who regularly vacationed at the resort. Renamed as the “Sagamore Golf Course,” Ross’ beautiful series of fairways attracted countless guests from both New York City and Boston. All who arrived found its beautiful 18-hole, par-70 greens to be absolutely astounding. Lush fairways were narrow and lined with hardwood, while deep bunkers surround undulating greens. Contemporary players should look up when they reach the first hole; Ross designed it with the view in mind.

Since then, the Sagamore Golf Course has continued to be one of upstate New York’s most celebrated venues for golfers. Its 18 holes of pristine foliage still enchant guests in the same way when they first debuted at the height of the Roaring Twenties. While the hotel is on an exclusive island on Lake George, the golf course is located directly across the water on the mainland. The location gives guests access to a championship course with stunning views of Lake George and the Adirondack mountains. The award-winning championship course is located on the mainland. Shuttle service is provided between the golf course and the resort. The Sagamore opened in Bolton Landing, New York, in 1883 and it was inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 1991.

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