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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Utica was 7th!?!?

Utica was 7th!?!?!: Well, Golf Digest has just released their rankings of "Best Metropolitan Areas for Golfers." SmAlbany came in #290 out of 330. Although I like golfing around here, I understand that there are many better places in the country to play, especially when you see their criteria were: access to golf courses, holes per capita, affordability, weather, and quality of golf. But #290 still seems low, especially since Utica, yes Utica, came in #7:
The Utica-Rome area, near new championship courses built in conjunction with the Turning Stone casino, finished No. 7 in the nation and first in the state.
What? I almost spit out my cereal when i read that. Yes, I know that Turning Stone has three magnificent courses, but they are no better than Saratoga National, to say nothing of the courses down south. Plus they don't pass the affordability test. And, if anything, Utica has worse weather than Albany. Trust me, I lived outside of Utica for four years in college. For the average person with an average budget, golf is way better in Albany. And I really hope they aren't counting the Hamilton College golf course in Clinton - i can vouch for its mediocrity first-hand.
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At 1:55 PM , Anonymous 20th Annual said:

However, the track at Colgate University, 7 Oaks, is tremendous.    



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