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With untouched wilderness, pristine lakes, and miles and miles of winding roads prime for cycling, golf might not be the first outdoor activity that comes to mind in the Adirondack Hub. But nestled between nostalgic small towns and epic adventures, are two courses that might be the Adirondacks’s best kept golf secrets! Schroon Lake and Newcomb are both home to unique and exciting courses that will pique the interest of beginners and give old pros something new to try. If you’re ready to take a swing and see if you can make par, check out the High Peaks Golf Course in Newcomb and the Schroon Lake Golf Course in Schroon Lake.

A duo drives a golf cart down a fairway on a green golf course

High Peaks, low score

The High Peaks Golf Course in Newcomb has to be in one of the most beautiful locations around. While most people are busy shuffling off to the Upper Works Trailhead or getting ready to canoe, you can be hitting the links at this wonderful course that opened to the public in 2005.

Quick stats:

  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 33
  • There are 4 holes at par 3, 4 holes at par 4, and a par 5
  • 4 sets of tees: pro, mens’, seniors’ (gold), womens’
  • Yards: 2,575 from pro tees
  • On site amenities: Clubhouse with pro shop (gloves, snacks, beer and wine, etc., for sale), clubhouse restrooms, course bathroom, club rentals, practice putting green
An aerial view of the High Peaks Golf Course with a fairway, rough, and sand trap, and people playing a hole.

We asked course staff a few questions to help you get to know the course a bit better.

Q: Is it walkable? Are there cart rentals?

A: There are ups and downs (it is the Adirondacks!), but this is a very walkable course. Pull carts and mechanical carts are available for rent.

Q: What makes this course stand out?

A: The beauty! There are mountain views from each tee and/or hole, starting with an amazing view of Santanoni Mountain right from hole #1. Some people just come here to take photos because it is really that beautiful. 

A golfer chipping a ball off the fairway

Got your irons in hand yet? With only 9 holes and a par 32, you might as well play a few rounds! Despite having a breathtaking view of the High Peaks, this course is still a hidden gem. Tee times are not required, but you are required to have a tee-rific time!

An un-fore-gettable course

Where the High Peaks Golf Course brings new challenges, the Schroon Lake Golf Course brings classic charm that dates back to 1917. Donald Ross designed this 9 hole course (yes, the same Donald Ross who designed Pinehurst in North Carolina. Yes, the same Pinehurst where many professional golf championships have been played.).

Quick stats:

  • Holes: 9 (but you can double it and play 18)
  • Par: 36
  • There are 2 holes at par 3, 5 holes at par 4, and 2 holes at par 5
  • Sets of tees: blue, gold, red
  • Yards: 2,929 
  • On site amenities: Clubhouse restroom, course restroom, pro shop with snacks and golf gear for sale, club rentals, practice putting green
An aerial view of the Schroon Lake Golf Course with well manicured fairways and the lake in the background.

We asked course staff a few questions to help you get to know the course a bit better.

Q: Is it walkable? Are there cart rentals?

A: A lot of people walk this course. There are some hills, but it's very walkable. There are pull and mechanical cart rentals available.

Q: What makes this course stand out?

A: We get a lot of comments on how beautiful this course is and how well maintained it is. One of the holes is up on a hill, so you can look out over the waters of Schroon Lake. People love this course. We even have "before/after hours" fees, so you can start golfing at sunrise if you'd like. During summer we're open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but if you wanted to golf at 6 a.m., for example, you could just place the $6 fee in the box and play a round while most people are still sleeping!

A golfer getting ready to putt.

This historic course has your name on the next scorecard! Even in the early days, people were lining up to play a round. History also tells us that caddies came from across the state to work at the Schroon Lake course! Whether you’re the next Tiger Woods, Donald Ross, or Happy Gilmore, this course is sure to please.

A golf ball and driver ready for tee off.

Quit wasting time and puttering around!

Get to the Adirondack Hub today! Even if you aren't a seasoned pro, both courses offer club rentals (and cart rentals!), so you can get out on the fairways without having to purchase your own set of clubs. If you can’t get in all the golf you want in one day, that’s fine; the Adirondack Hub has plenty of comfy places for you to call your home-away-from-home for a few days. There are also lots of places for a delicious post-round meal. With so much to offer, the Adirondack Hub could be the location of your best golf vacation “by par.”