Note to those of you who live within a two-hour drive of where the New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut borders meet – and that means you who live in Hartford, Albany, just north of New York City, and northern New Jersey. If you really want to celebrate the freedom to play fun golf during these less than fun times, throw your clubs in the trunk, start your engines and head for Copake Country Club in rural Craryville, NY. You would swear Donald Ross designed it, but he didn’t, a contemporary of his did.
In any case, I have played the course 10 times and try to get there annually from my home 90 minutes away. Green fees are cheap, the course is always in excellent condition, the food is terrific and everyone is friendly and happy to see you (especially these days, I assume).
I have written my extended thoughts about Copake at my sister website, OffTheBeatenCartPath.com. Check it out and all the other reviews of some out-of-the-way layouts that deserve a lot of love.