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Fairway Tales: A Brief History of Leatherstocking Golf Course

By: Otesaga Resort Hotel / 27 Mar 2023

Postcard-perfect views along an award-winning course. What could be better than a round on Leatherstocking Golf Course? While you await the start of golf season, take a look back at the history of our lakeside resort's storied greens.

Classic Design
Leatherstocking Golf Course opened alongside The Otesaga Resort in 1909 on the shores of scenic Otsego Lake. What began as a nine-hole course was transformed in 1919 by legendary golf architect Devereuax Emmet, who expanded the course to 18 holes across 90 acres. Throughout his career, Emmet designed more than 150 golf courses and was a talented amateur golfer, as well. Leatherstocking's classic, Northeast-style design has changed little since then, though the late 1990s brought some upgrades including expanded tee boxes, a state-of-the-art drainage system, restructured cart paths, and reshaped bunkers. 

Championship Play
With our lakeside location in Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Leatherstocking has played host to some of the legends of the game. In 1936, the inaugural class of inductees was enshrined, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, whose golf game that weekend started a long tradition of Hall of Famers playing Leatherstocking during Induction Weekend. Over the years, Leatherstocking has also hosted the New York State Four Ball Championship as well as the New York State Junior Championship. 

With sweeping views and diverse elevations, our scenic, challenging, and historic course makes for an unforgettable day on the links. Ready for your next round? Book a tee time at Leatherstocking Golf Course today!

The Otesaga Resort Hotel remains steadfast in our efforts to ensure the health and safety of our staff and guests during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to adhere to our strict cleaning and social distancing guidelines. Please visit our website for more information on Otesaga CARE - our commitment to a Clean And Responsible Environment.

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