In and around Binghamton in New York's Southern Tier, there is a remarkable number of really fine golf courses. This time of year is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of some early spring packagess and discounted green fees. It's just a straight shot down Rt. I-81 from Syracuse down to the city.
• EN-JOIE GOLF COURSE
En-Joie Golf Club dating from 1927 featuring large elevated greens and huge bunker complexes, has been the venue for PGA'a BC Open and most recently for DIck's Sporting Goods Open, a Champions Tour event.
The Deal: Play for $22 (cart $14 per person) (607) 785-1661; enjoiegolf.com
• CONKLIN PLAYERS CLUB • LINKS AT HIAWATHA LANDING & TRADITIONS AT THE GLEN
The Deal: One night, one round from $105 per person; two rounds, two nights from $159; three rounds, two nights from $262. Packages include golf with cart, lodging, breakfasts and welcome drink. visitbinghamton.org
• HANCOCK: FRENCH WOODS GC & BASS CABINS
If you want to golf, fish and stay in a newly-minted log cabin on the course with all the amenities you could ask for including Direct TV and enough room for eight, head to Hancock’s Bass Cabins and the French Woods Golf Course. Built by Russell Bass, a local logger, the course has challenging dog legs and mostly roll-up greens while fairways tend to be wide and lined by tall hardwoods and pines plus you get nonstop views of the distant Catskills and Pennsylvania hills and a beautiful lodge-style clubhouse.
The Deal: A two night play & stay golf package includes lodging in one of unlimited golf with a cart, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Price for two people is from $600; for four people from $925 (or $231 per person).
Stay in the Hancock House Hotel in town and the rates for two nights, same deal, is $525 for two people. The 32-room Hancock House Hotel & Eatery (also built by Bass) is a grand place to stay with great beds, handsome decor and high speed internet. You’ll love the bar and restaurant too. Golfandxski.com