Golfing in Lake Placid is a dream come true. There are basically 5 golf courses in the area so come prepared to test your ability.

The Craig Wood golf course which is just outside of L.P. proper is just a short 5 minute ride east from the center of the village. The drive takes you past the ski jumps and is just a short jaunt in from the highway. The 18 holes are set up like a true mountain course should be. The front nine is long but fairly wide open with lots of sand traps to challenge your accuracy. There are both elevated tees and elevated greens. The latter of which have enough undulations to challenge the best putters. The awesome tee-box view from the 9th encompasses the surrounding landscape which includes the Olympic ski jumps and full service clubhouse. The back nine offers a different challenge with its undulating terrain and fairways that are much tighter. Here you'll pay the price for errant tee shots. The 13th hole is one of the most challenging and rewarding par threes you'll ever play.

There are 3 golf courses right in the village proper - two 18's and an executive course with 6 par threes and 3 par fours. They are all part of the Lake Placid Resort which because of its location, has the best views of all the local courses.  The lower course is called a links but it only resembles a link course when you're in the rough which is almost impossible to play out of once ensconced. This past year when a few of the tee boxes were changed.  The blues  tees , which most golfers use, used to be colored white, and the white tees have become senior tees  which are now  shortened so that on about half the holes the senior golfer is sharing the ladies red (actually, they're green) tees. From the white tees some of the holes, especially a couple of the par 5's , are ridiculously short. There are also championship gold tees behind the blue tees for a really challenging round.

The Upper or  Mountain Course is full of blind shots into greens (there are even par threes where you can't see the green!). It's not particularly long but if you like sidehill lies, this is the course for you. The 18th is a great and challenging finishing hole if you can avoid hitting into the restaurant patio.

Don't be fooled. The Whiteface Resort golf course is NOT on the mountain. It is so named because it has a great VIEW of the mountain. Rather it is near the western entrance to the town and is a totally different challenge from the other two. This course is not long but it will challenge anyone who has difficulty keeping their drives straight. Several holes seem repetitive and if you don't hit your ball long enough, you won't be able to see the greens around the doglegs. The homes that have recently been built impinge on the beauty of this course but it is still a good challenge.

Saranac Golf course is a nine hole course a little farther west in Ray Brook that although over-priced is worth playing if you are limited in time and want to play quickly. 

Farther out of town, north of Saranac Lake, is a lush true challenge to the more serious golfer. It's a half hour drive to the Saranac Inn Golf course. This course has it all - perfectly manicured fairways, tough rough, lots of trees, large sandtraps and undulating greens.  Take the drive - it's worth it.