Golfing and Horseback Riding in the Hudson Valley!
Posted on June 14, 2013 by ButtermilkAdmin
Golfing and Horseback Riding in the Hudson Valley!
The spectacular weather and quietness of the Hudson Valley make it a fantastic area to come and unwind, and to soak in the outdoors and to reconnect with your natural surroundings. As a result, many popular outdoor activities are conveniently located close to us – namely, a number of pristine golf courses, suited to everyone from beginners to the pros, and places to go horseback riding, to soak in the outdoors and enjoy a the beautiful, Hudson Valley summer.
Here’s a list of our favorite golf courses close by:
Apple Greens Golf Course--Highland, NY (10 min away from us)
Apple Greens is located on dozens of acres of sprawling countryside in nearby Highland, NY, open since 1995, and remains one of the more popular areas for golfing in the Hudson Valley, to locals and non-locals alike. The course offers 27 holes, the last eight of which of are of increased difficulty, along with a driving range, and on-site restaurant, specializing in serving delicious drinks and including a steakhouse, BBQ-inspired menu. The grounds overlook the nearby Shawangunk Mountains and Mohonk Tower, offering relaxing, majestic vistas to accompany your tee time. They also run specials occasionally, as well as group rates, if you would like to bring your friends along.
Here is some additional information from their website:
“Family owned and operated by David and Judi Roehrs and the Roehrs Family, Apple Greens Golf Course is an establishment founded upon hard-work, a love of farming, and an appreciation for the challenges and rewards the game of golf provides us with everyday. Guided by a wise friend and family member, Clinton D. Carlough of Apple Ridge Country Club in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, David and Judi invested in an old apple orchard in the Town of Lloyd back in the mid-80′s. With a strong family history of agriculturists, horticulturists, and farmers in both David and Judi’s families, the decision to utilize the land for a purpose other than farming was not without many hours of debate and uncertainty. Construction began in 1993, with a driving range and the first 9 holes. Two long years and many man hours later, it was an accomplishment indeed to see the 9 holes finished and the course open in 1995. As golfers came, played, and experienced the course, the Roehrs family couldn’t help but want to expand to a full 18 holes in 1996. Friends and golfers from all over came to support the Roehrs’ in their endeavors, and Apple Greens quickly turned into a very desirable place to learn, play, and thoroughly enjoy the game of golf.
“Not long after the 18 holes became well known, David and Judi were provided yet another opportunity to expand the course in order to accommodate the many motivated and passionate golfers frequenting Apple Greens. A third nine holes, now termed “Apple Greens East”, was added to the course. Although more challenging, Apple Greens East rolls through hills, is decorated with large stone walls, a waterfall, and provides golfers with a view of the Catskill Mountain region not to be missed.
“With a strong will to succeed, a never ending desire to keep on going when the going gets tough, and a shear [sic] love for golf, David and Judi worked endlessly together to produce what is now one of the premiere courses in New York’s historic Hudson Valley. David and Judi, along with the entire Roehrs family and Apple Greens Staff, are eager to show you just how special their golf experience is!”
Open 7 days a week. Please call (845) 883-5500 in advance to schedule tee times.
New Paltz Golf Course--New Paltz, NY (20 min away from us)
Located in – you guessed it – the chic, thriving Hudson Valley town of New Paltz, NY, this golf course is as well known for offering a great game of golf as its spectacular on-site restaurant, the Rock and Rye Tavern, winning accolades for “Best Tavern in the Hudson Valley” in Hudson Valley Magazine and is locally known for providing some of the best, most imaginative cocktails in the area, bar none. The course itself offers up to 18 holes, although a half-game 9-hole option can be played as well. In addition to the courses, they offer a pro shop, featuring two putting greens to really nail your putting game, along with a driving range. They also offer occasional specials, including midweek discounts for senior citizens. Due to their proximity to both us and the fabulous small town of New Paltz, what’s not to like about this place?
Open 7 days a week. Please call (845) 255-8282 in advance to schedule tee times.
Mohonk Mountain House--New Paltz, NY (35 min away from us)
The Mohonk Mountain House is one of the largest resorts in the area, and includes an 18-holf golf course along with their sprawling grounds. Located up right on the top of the Shawangunk mountain range, you’ll feel as if you’re on top of the world while playing golf. While the course is pristine and spacious, sometimes the course gets too crowded, especially on busy holidays and weekends, and it’s considerably more expensive than other golf courses in the area, although they offer senior citizen discounts and packages including lunch and golf cart rental, starting at $112 for a 9-hole game.
Open 7 days a week. Please call (845) 256-2154 up to 30 days in advance to schedule tee times.
Caperskill Golf Club--Poughkeepsie, NY (15 min away from us)
“Set in the rolling countryside of the Hudson River Highlands of Dutchess County, The Casperkill Golf Club offers the ideal golf experience. Built in 1944, our Poughkeepsie golf course offers a classic Robert Trent Jones challenge, rated four stars by Golf Digest. You will understand why after playing here… amidst tranquil ponds, magnificent ancient oaks, and the meandering Casperkill Creek. The course graciously makes use of the rolling hills with elevated tees, manicured valley fairways and well-bunkered, terraced greens that make each round a new challenge.”
This absolutely gorgeous locale will make it easy for you to relax and unwind as you play a few rounds of golf. The course itself has 18 holes, along with a pro shop and driving range open 5 days a week (excluding Wednesday and Sunday) that includes a putting green and separate chipping and bunker area to work on your problem spots in your game. Additionally, “the grill” offers sandwiches, burgers, salads and wraps to tide you over throughout the course of your game.
Open 7 days a week. Please call (845) 463-0900 in advance to schedule tee times.
Coyote Ridge Stables--Marlboro, NY (15 min)
Right down the road in the small Hudson Valley village is Marlboro, NY, close to which Coyote Ridge stables is located to. They offer horseback riding 7 days a week on hundreds of acres of land, and have recently built an indoor riding arena and club house on their property. Coyote Ridge is suitable for beginners ages 7 and up, to horseback riding pros. They occasionally offer discounted rates, especially for large groups. Give them a call soon to enjoy riding horseback through pristine Hudson Valley countryside!
Open 7 days a week. Please call 845-236-1136 or 845-236-7556 to book riding times in advance.
Lucky C Stables--New Paltz, NY (25 min)
Lucky C Stables is home base for nearby SUNY school New Paltz’s equestrian team, and it shows – the staff who work there are all friendly, passionate, and knowledgeable about the process of learning how to ride a horse. This place is suitable for beginners and pros alike, and the riding instructors are dedicated and passionate about teaching the basics of horseback riding, all the way up to the tenets of equestrianism. Owner and Head Trainer at Lucky C, Susan Clarke, has the following background:
“Susan is a certified riding instructor with over 20 years of experience in teaching and riding. Although she does not ride herself anymore, Susan has just the right ideas to improve each horse and rider while helping them to ride at their greatest potential.
Susan has a Bachelor of Science Degree from William Woods University where she spent 4 years studying different disciplines of riding. Despite hunters/jumpers/equitation being the primary focus of Lucky C, Susan is well versed in areas such as Western and Saddle Seat. She has experience teaching and training horses and riders trying their first lesson, those preparing for a summer on the ‘A’ rated circuit and everyone in between.
Susan has brought riders to many esteemed shows including HITS Saugerties, HITS Culpeper, HITS Ocala, Winter Equestrian Festival, Vermont Summer Festival and the Hampton Classic to compete in divisions such as the Big Equitation, Junior Hunters, Childrens/Adult Hunters, Children/Adult Jumpers & Pony Hunters to name a few. Susan’s riders have qualified for prestigious events including the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, NEHC Medal Finals, PHA Finals, M&S Finals, Syracuse Sport Horse Invitational and AQHA Congress. Susan takes pride in her abilities to maintain and encouraging attitude whether her students are in lead line or doing the Big Equitation.”
The grounds have a wealth of different riding areas and lesson times. Give them a call at (845) 255-3220 or check out their website at luckycstables.com for more information!