Finger Lakes Summer Goes “Dutch”

July 25, 2010 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

Charlie drives the front nine

Beautiful wide fairways, rolling hills and a shady tee.

If you are not a golfer, skip this post. There is nothing more boring to a non-golfer than a description of someone’s golf game. However, if you like golf and are always looking for great public courses, I’ll tee this one up for you.

Dutch Hollow is a charming public course located between Skaneateles and Owasco Lakes, about 5 or 6 miles south of Route 20. I’ve been playing there for about 20 years and it remains fun with every round.  It is located right in the middle of farm country, so don’t be surprised if you see a family of foxes, or a red-tailed hawk or a family of turtles.

The thing I most love about this course is that the women’s tees are quite forgiving. Having played many courses where you wonder why they even bother creating a women’s tee at all, Dutch Hollow makes it a more competitive game between my husband and me. He shot a 41 and I shot a 46 on the front 9.

Winding Creek through the front 9

Bridge view of the winding creek

The front 9 is wet and winding, with water on 8 of the first 9 holes, There is a creek (also called Dutch Hollow) that travels through out making for some interesting shots where you have to lay up in front of the creek. It also had several challenging dog-legs. Bring extra balls as it is easy to loose your shot in the thick woods that edge the rough on both sides of most holes.

Course layout

Note the creek winding through out the first 9 holes

The second nine holes is much longer and much drier. If you decide to walk the 18, make sure you get something to eat and drink at the turn as there is a lot less shade on the back nine.

Dutch Hollow is located on 1839 Benson Road, Owasco, NY.  Dutch Hollow Brook enters Owasco Lake near Burtis Point.

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