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Bellevue Country Club

Bellevue Country Club in Syracuse, NY

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Jerry, Charlie, my dad and me

The Stats

Tee Time: July 21, 2015, 11:00, 90 F, overcast

Designer: Donald Ross, 1914

Playing Partners: Charlie Cline, Jerry Wallace, my dad

Tees: White, Par 71 (70.7 rating/132 slope/6,157 yards)

Course Handicap: 10 (8.2 index)

Stats: 89 (42-47); 31 putts; 2/14 fairways; 2/18 greens; 1 penalty stroke

The Course

As much as I love playing courses designed by old school architects, I’ve amazingly only played one Donald Ross course to date: the Biltmore down in Miami, recently featured on Ballers! Luckily, I was able to get a second taste of the famed architect. Upstate in Syracuse is Bellevue Country Club, a design from 1914 that still has teeth today. All the freshest movable-weight drivers, speed-enhancing gradational core golf balls and spin-milled wedges on the market couldn’t get me around this place any better than a member playing 1930’s Spaldings and hickory-shaft persimmons. The setting is spectacular; a quiet country club atmosphere that focuses on pure golf.

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The opening hole at this Donald Ross design

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Leatherstocking Golf Course

Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown, NY

leatherstocking hall of fame classic

Bert Blyleven, Charley, Carlton Fisk, Allan, Eddie Murray, Me, Phil Niekro, my dad and Ozzie Smith

The Stats

Tee Time: June 16, 8:00, 77 F, Breezy

Designer: Devereaux Emmet/(R)Robert E. Cupp, 1909

Playing Partners: Mike Mantle (my dad), Charlie Clouse and Allen Cogan

Tees: White (69.4 rating/130 slope/6,040 yards)

Course Handicap: 11 (9.3 index)

Stats: 90 (44-46); 32 putts; 7/14 fairways; 6/18 greens; 0 penalty strokes

The Course

If I said I had just gotten done walking the same turf as legends such as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Harmon Killebrew you would probably assume I’d just taken batting practice at Fenway Park. Those Hall of Fame hitters also played golf, and they’ve all played at Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown, New York. This course sits along the land surrounding Lake Otsego in the lush forests of upstate New York. Coming in at 6,401 yards from the longest set of tees, I stepped to the first hole expecting a lazy round of long drives and short wedge shots for a low score. I was way off. All three days we played from the middle White tees and I actually drove the ball well yet still came out with scores of 90-99-90 in three rounds. Leatherstocking Golf Course is an old course and offers a challenge that is in line with tracks from those days. Small greens, strategically placed trees and uneven fairways make pars hard to accumulate. Continue reading