The Best Golf Courses in the Albany Area

The best of the capital region


Golfers play under dappled skies on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Frear Park Municipal Golf Course in Troy, NY (Will Waldron/Times Union)Will Waldron/Times Union

At the height of the pandemic, as people looked for ways to socially distance themselves, many turned to golf.

More … than 24.8 million people played golf in the United States in 2020 – up more than 2% from 2019, according to the National Golf Foundation. And the popularity of golf continues to soar.

For 11 years, we’ve been asking readers to name and vote for their favorite golf courses in our annual Best of the Capital Region reader poll. And for 11 years, Saratoga National Golf Club has finished in first place.

Here’s a look at the top golf course winners, starting with the 2022 finalists. Want to take a hike instead? Discover the best places to hike in the Capital Region.

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Saratoga National Golf Club

2022: Winner


Best golf course: First place in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007

Address: 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs

Call: 518-583-4653

Website: golfsaratoga.com



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Orchard Creek Golf Course

2022: Second place


The 8th hole at Orchard Creek Golf Course on Friday September 3, 2021 in Altamont, NY

The 8th hole at Orchard Creek Golf Course on Friday September 3, 2021 in Altamont, NY

Will Waldron/Times Union

Best golf course: Second place in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018; third place in 2017 and 2016

Address: 6700 Dunnsville Road, Altamont

Call: 518-861-5000

Website: orchardcreek.com



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Colony City Golf Course

2022: Third place


Golfers are seen on the course at Colonie City Golf Course on Monday, March 16, 2020 in Colonie, NY The course's red nine is open to golfers but the clubhouse is closed.  Someone will come outside to take money to play on the course.  (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)

Golfers are seen on the course at Colonie City Golf Course on Monday, March 16, 2020 in Colonie.

Lori Van Buren/Times Union

Best golf course: Second place in 2009, 2008 and 2007; third place in 2022 and 2019

Address: 418 Consaul Road, Schenectady

Call: 518-374-4181

Website: colony.org/departments/parksandrec/golfcourse/



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Normanside Country Club

2022: finalist


Best golf course: Vice-champion in 2022 and 2021

Address: 150 Salisbury Road, Delmar

Call: 518-439-4505

Website: normanside.com



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Saratoga Spa Golf Course


John Cuddeback of Clifton Park, left, and Eric Cushing of Ballston Spa spot the location of their golf balls as they ride a golf cart at Saratoga Spa Golf Course on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Saratoga Springs, NY Carts are now permitted under the latest Empire State development guidelines.  (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)

John Cuddeback of Clifton Park, left, and Eric Cushing of Ballston Spa spot the location of their golf balls as they ride a golf cart at Saratoga Spa Golf Course on May 19, 2020, in Saratoga Springs, NY

Lori Van Buren/Times Union

Best golf course: Finalist in 2021

Address: 60 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs

Call: 518-584-2006

Website: saratogaspagolf.com



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Albany Country Club


Kyle Kressler of Cedar View makes a par putt on the last hole of regulation Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2019, during the Northeastern New York PGA Tour Championship at Albany Country Club.  Kressler won the title on the third playoff hole.  (Pete Dougherty/Times Union)

Kyle Kressler of Cedar View makes a par putt on the last hole of regulation Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2019, during the Northeastern New York PGA Tour Championship at Albany Country Club. Kressler won the title on the third playoff hole.

Pete Dougherty/Times Union

Best golf course: Third place in 2020

Address: 300 Wormer Road, Voorheesville

Call: 518-765-2851

Website: albanycc.cc



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Mohawk Golf Club


Jesse Muller of Cairo reacts after his ball hit a tree during the US Open local qualifier at Mohawk Golf Club on Monday, May 10, 2021 in Niskayuna, NY (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)

Jesse Muller of Cairo reacts after his ball hit a tree during the US Open local qualifier at Mohawk Golf Club on Monday, May 10, 2021 in Niskayuna, NY (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)

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Best golf course: Finalist in 2020

Address: 1849 Union Street, Schenectady

Call: 518-374-9121

Website: mohawkgolfclub.com


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Frear Park Municipal Golf Course


Golfers enjoy a cool but sunny morning at Frear Park Municipal Golf Course on Friday, October 29, 2021 in Troy, NY

Golfers enjoy a cool but sunny morning at Frear Park Municipal Golf Course on Friday, October 29, 2021 in Troy, NY

Lori Van Buren/Times Union

Best golf course: Vice-champion in 2019 and 2017

Address: 2701 Lavin Court, Troy

Call: 518-270-4553

Website: troyny.gov/departments/parks-recreation/parks-facilities/golf-course/



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Capital Hills in Albany

2022: finalist


Golfers participate in a round of golf Tuesday, November 9, 2021 before the Capital Hills Golf Course closes for the sea this Sunday in Albany, NY

Golfers participate in a round of golf Nov. 9, 2021, before Capital Hills Golf Course in Albany.

Lori Van Buren/Times Union

Best golf course: Second place in 2017, 2016 and 2010; third place in 2018, 2009 and 2008; finalist in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019

Address: 65 O’Neil Road, Albany

Call: 518-438-2208

Website: caphills.com



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Van Patten Golf Club


Shaker's Helen Park watches her ball after teeing off in a women's golf match against Albany Academy on Tuesday August 27, 2019 at Van Patten Golf Club.  (Joyce Bassett/Times Union)

Shaker’s Helen Park watches her ball after teeing off in a women’s golf match against Albany Academy on Tuesday August 27, 2019 at Van Patten Golf Club. (Joyce Bassett/Times Union)

Joyce Bassette

Best golf course: Finalist in 2018

Address: 924 Main Street, Clifton Park

Call: 518-877-5400

Website: vanpattengolf.com



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Mill Road Acres Golf Course


Golfers work on their swings at the driving range at Mill Road Acres Golf Course on Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Latham, NY This course is open now and soon other courses in the area will also be open with restrictions.  (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)

Golfers work on their swings at the driving range at Mill Road Acres Golf Course on March 26, 2020 in Latham.

Lori Van Buren/Times Union

Best golf course: Vice-champion in 2017 and 2016

Address: 30 Mill Road, Latham

Call: 518-785-4653

Website: millroadacres.com



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Stadium Golf Club


Best golf course: Third place in 2010 and 2007; finalist in 2016

Address: 333 Jackson Ave, Schenectady

Call: 518-374-9104

Website: stadiumgolfclub.com



Best of the Capital Region 2022

Best of the Capital Region 2022

Best of the Capital Region 2022

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