LAKE PLACID CLUB ~ LINKS COURSE
The Lake Placid Club Links Course was designed in 1909 by the master Scottish golf instructor and club maker, Seymour Dunn. Though settled in the U.S. at the age of twelve, Dunn designed golf courses in both America and Europe. Among his best known European designs are the private courses of King Leopold of Belgium (1906), the Rothschild Estate in France (1908), and King Emmanuel of Italy (1908).
Dunn remained true to his origins, and the Lake Placid Club Links Course is laid out in true links style, with 7,052 yards of wide open fairways and large undulating greens. True links golf requires guile and cunning more than strength, and the Lake Placid Club Links Course is a classic example of such a challenge. Both men and women golfers will enjoy this course.
The Lake Placid Club Links Course has six testing par three holes. Dunn's forte was par threes, and these demand well struck shots to each, of medium to long carry. The 9th and 11th are the shortest, and they are among the most picturesque par threes any golfer will play. The 11th is well guarded by bunkers on three sides, and a stray shot to the right will result in a pitch to a green 30 feet above.
The 8th, a 416-yard par four, offers the most spectacular view from the tee, while the 10th is true Adirondack terrain, a 445-yard hole requiring a blind uphill tee shot into the wind.
The 5th, a par five, might well be in Scotland, with two mounds to be carried on the fairway but fairer greens as compensation. The 6th, a par four, double dips, calls for a great drive, and will delight a long-ball hitter, who can reach the green in two.
The 18th is perhaps the best hole of all. Deceptively long, it has the smallest green of the course, with the lie of the land being the sole but substantial obstacle. A par here is well earned, and a birdie hard to come by.
The Lake Placid Club Links Course is Scottish-style golf at its best set in the spectacular scenery of the Adirondack Mountains. It will challenge and delight golfers at all levels.