On Historic Donald Ross Course at The Sagamore, Golfers Enjoy Competitive Play Against an Adirondack Backdrop -- A New "Video Helicopter" Tour is Available on The Sagamore's Website

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Arguably the country's most historic golf course, The Sagamore Golf Course is widely credited with ushering in a new era of golf course design. The celebrated New York golf course was designed by Donald Ross, America's first great golf course designer, and debuted in 1928, at a time when golf courses were viewed more as a feat of engineering that an work of art. The newly available "helicopter tour" provides now provides panoramic views of the historic Ross course.

Arguably the country's most historic golf course, The Sagamore Golf Course is widely credited with ushering in a new era of golf course design. The celebrated New York golf course was designed by Donald Ross, America's first great golf course designer, and debuted in 1928, at a time when golf courses were viewed more as a feat of engineering that an work of art. It is now possible to view a video "helicopter tour" that provides a birds-eye preview to amateurs and pros alike on the new Sagamore Golf page.

Ross's ground-breaking approach called for a more dramatic and picturesque course. He believed in designing courses with wide fairways, crowned greens and subtle contours formed from the existing lay of the land. Eschewing gimmicks, he favored a classic simplicity that honored the natural environment while challenging New York golf players at every skill level. When the 18-hole, par-70 Sagamore Golf Course debuted, Ross's signature design elements, such as hog-backed greens, cross bunkering and deep green-side bunkers, earned him the name "the patron saint of golf" and his design approach became the standard for golf courses in America. The New York golf course was immediately hailed one of the best in the world.

His accomplishment was extraordinary. Nearly 80 years later, The Sagamore's New York golf course continues to garner awards and accolades, including being honored by Golf magazine as a "Silver Medal Resort", rated a "Top U.S. Resort Course" by Condé Nast Traveler and the "Fifth Best Public Course in New York State" by Golf Digest, and earning a nod among Corporate and Incentive Travel's "Greens of Distinction." The Sagamore Golf Course has hosted the USGA Senior Open Qualifier, the USGA Mid-Am Qualifier for the Northeast region, and held many sectional championship events and tournaments with the Northeast New York Section of the PGA

One part of its appeal is its superior location. The Sagamore Golf Course is set on a ridge two and a half miles from the hotel overlooking Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains with breathtaking views from every hole. Each hole is routed naturally through an upland meadow and the Adirondack woods, presenting a unique challenge to the golfer. Lush fairways are narrow and lined with hardwoods, while deep bunkers surround undulating greens. Ross's signature touch, heather from his native Scotland, is a beautiful accent on the rolling mountain terrain.

From the elevated first tee, golfers have an awe-inspiring view of Lake George and the Adirondack peaks. "Just as the US Open and PGA seek out Donald Ross courses for their tournaments, The Sagamore Golf Course is sought out by golfers everywhere so they can experience the traditional Donald Ross layout in natural, beautiful surroundings," says Tom Smack, The Sagamore Golf Club's director of golf and head professional.

In 1985, Smack oversaw the complete restoration of the New York golf course. Using Ross's original blueprints, the $75 million restoration included reconditioning the course and adding a state-of-the-art irrigation system. Even before playing it, golfers can take a "helicopter tour" of the landmark course. The tour, available at http://www.thesagamore.com, provides a hole-by-hole overview, with detailed audio descriptions of each hole's design and challenges.

The Sagamore New York golf Golf Course is open to the public (with advance reservations). Many of the club's 200 memberships comprise year-round residents and families who have summer homes in the area.

The Club Grill, offering American specialties in an English Tudor setting, is open for lunch and dinner and features picturesque views of the course.

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