Otesaga Resort Hotel
About Otesaga Resort HotelThe Otesaga Resort Hotel is a lakeside retreat in the heart of Cooperstown, the charming village home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Its calling card for golfers is the Leatherstocking Golf Course, a historic design that finishes gloriously along the lake. An outdoor pool, two tennis courts and the Hawkeye Spa are part of its many amenities. Guests can rent a canoe, paddleboard or rowboat to go fishing on the lake. Complimentary valet parking and afternoon cookies and tea proves the resort is all about service. The Fire Bar, a large outdoor firepit, serves as a gathering spot before or after dining at one of several restaurants and bars. Downtown Cooperstown's baseball card and memorabilia stores are just a short bike ride or walk away.
Golf courses at Otesaga Resort Hotel
Images from Otesaga Resort Hotel
No. 18 Photo submitted by JasonDeeganGA on 10/30/2019
Johnny Bench plaque Photo submitted by JasonDeeganGA on 10/30/2019
6th tee overlooking the 18th Photo submitted by Pizazz84 on 10/16/2017
11th overlooking the lake Photo submitted by Pizazz84 on 10/16/2017
16th Photo submitted by Pizazz84 on 10/16/2017
18th looking at the fairway Photo submitted by Pizazz84 on 10/16/2017
The course is beautiful in the fall
A few tee boxes under repair otherwise in great shape
We had a great day at Leatherstockiing Golf Club yesterday. Course was in great condition, staff was extremely friendly and helpful and we look forward to playing there again soon !!
Beautiful golf course, with some very challenging holes. No on course amenities! Course does not come back to the clubhouse for the turn, so no cart Girl means a dry back nine. We were met by a couple very unfriendly groundsmen, and very slow clubhouse service.
If it were just golf, this course would be a 9 out of 10. It, unfortunately did not give my family a real resort course experience.
This course was everything I thought it was gonna be and much much more just beautiful or the most beautiful golf courses in the country. What a Beautiful Pl., Cooperstown, NY
Beautiful Golf Course Adjacent to Magnificent Lake and Hotel
Really enjoy playing this course. Challenging layout, excellent conditions and very scenic.
Greens are challenging, lots of breaks and undulations.
A couple of things:
1. Water should be available on the course; it's not.
2. Signage needs to indicate where to proceed between the 8th and 9th hole. Easy to get lost if you're not familiar with the course.
Fall temperatures but spring golf
Greens still doing their spring wake-up. A few bare spots but overall good conditions. Tee to green in very good conditions.
Beautiful but you need a rangefinder and plenty to drink
In from out of town playing this beautiful course for the first time. Manageable from the back (green) tees at 6,400 yards. As advertised, #17 and #18 are the gems, with #11, a long par 5 up on the ridge line overlooking the lake a close third. Conditions were excellent, as expected. Greens were very firm, so front half of the green was a good bet for most holes. Bought the $8 yardage book, which it was definitely worth it and a nice souvenir. Pace of play at 8a on a vacation Wednesday was good at 3.5 hours, but could’ve been quicker. Staff were super efficient, kind, and helpful. Be aware: driving range is 5 mins down the road in your car (as others have noted). You buy tokens at the clubhouse and then get back in your car to go over to the range. Practice green is also across a couple holes away from #1 tee. So overall, I’d say get there at least 15 extra minutes before your round if you wanna warm up and get a feel for the greens.
Two main gripes: 1) there’s no colored flag or other system for pin locations, nor GPS in the cart. For me, just having a GPS watch and no rangefinder, and lots of elevated greens, it was hard to know how deep the pin was on more than half the holes. So basically, bring your rangefinder if you have one. 2) Price: for $135 (relative to the otherwise pretty reasonably priced courses around the area), I would have expected more amenities — no GPS in the carts as noted, never saw the beverage cart during our 8-11:30a round (and since you don’t pass the clubhouse at the turn, that’s even more of an issue), and no drinking water on the course anywhere.
Overall, glad I played this beautiful place, but will probably look for a different higher end course next time I’m visiting family up here.
Scenic Course in Beautiful Cooperstown
Love playing Leatherstocking; scenic course in very good condition.
However, not sure it's worth $130/round — especially since the bathrooms in the clubhouse weren't working and there is NO water provided anywhere on the course and no opportunities to purchase water either. Inexcusable oversight in the summer heat.
Beautiful Golf Course in a Beautiful Town
Course is in immaculate condition and the views of the lake are breathtaking. Fairways are fairly wide, but lots of bunkers and tricky greens. Very enjoyable round.
The staff was great and the course is a must play.
A Real Gem
Beautiful location right on the lake. Conditions were excellent and the staff was friendly and attentive. We played in 3.5 hours and enjoyed the course and surroundings.
Fun course, some tee boxes being worked on
I was up near Cooperstown for vacation and was looking to get in a round of golf. Enter Leatherstocking! The course itself is in good shape and is well designed. Wasn't busy at all and the final 3 holes are a real treat. Only drawback is that they are working on several of the tee boxes, so golfers would generally tee off alongside the box or further up on the forward tees. The island tee box on 18 is certainly one of the most unique features I have seen on a golf course!
This course is phenomenal and has extremely tough/quick greens. 5 star views and conditions. The course has a nice variety of holes and because of the quality of the greens I feel this course wont ever lose its lust. Would go back in a heart beat
Only negative- the price of and don’t play after rain, no cart paths extremely wet conditions, haven’t played there enough to call it a drainage issue- we played after a very rainy few weeks so might have been irregular.
Not quite sure how this course is so grossly overrated.
There are some beautiful views; I came to be challenged and wasn’t.
Conditions were good not great.
Pace of play not good.
This course is for hobbyists and not low handicaps.
Go play Seven Oaks.
A must Play
this was my first time playing Leatherstocking, and people I know had talked it up pretty big, so my expectations were pretty high. and the course met or exceeded all my expectations. We played on a very cold and Windy Fall day, but the course was picturesque and very fun to play. I will go back for sure.
A course worthy of a golf hall of fame
I came for the baseball hall of fame and came away just as impressed with Leatherstocking, a classic as quirky and interesting as it gets.
With the exception of the short par-5 14th (462 yards), the 6,400-yard course seems to play longer and tougher. Greens like 2, 7 and 9 erupt skyward, playing all uphill. All four of the fairways across the road are like riding a ski ramp, up or down or tilted.
The brutal 17th (all carry over water from 182 yards) and the island tee box on no. 18 in the middle of the lake end the round in style. After golf, dine on the patio of the elegant hotel. Such a great experience from start to finish.