...out of four GT logo rating. Didn't think it would ever happen; may never happen again.
Grossingers Little G(a/k/a "The Gold Standard of Goat Track Golf" (course review submitted by Sherpa JB; October, 2009)
I was fortunate to be invited to a golf outing at Little G by the 2008 Goat Tracker of the Year. My three-hour drive from West Hartford to meet Wink in Liberty, New York seemed a waste of time, but it turned out to be a life-changing experience. (note: I can over-dramatize a ham sandwich, so calibrate your imagination accordingly)
Located on a cheap slasher film setting, Grossingers Country Club is still operating, but just barely. Decades ago, before airline travel and Florida were invented, Grossingers was a renowned borscht belt destination for New York's Jewish community. The hotel closed in 1986 and is now in total disrepair, but the golf courses remain open. The buildings on the grounds are similar in appearance to an Iraqi police station, after a visit from a backpack-toting extremist. The worst of urban blight in a rural setting. Even the clubhouse vaguely resembles an abandoned North Hartford crack house. And be advised...don't visit the bathroom under any circumstance. The parking lot is by far the more sanitary option.
Little G is a gem of a golf course. This 9-holer was originally part of the Big G's 18 holes. Sometime in the 1950's, another 9-hole course was constructed and the Little G has been vanquished to ugly step sister status ever since. Designed by A.W. Tillinghast in 1925, it measures 3,166 with a rating of 36.1 and slope of 132 (for those who take note of such details). The point being, that although Little G is short by today's standards, it's no cupcake; featuring par 3's of 180 and 220 yards, the 220-yarder being uphill. The opening and closing holes are mediocre in design; the seven in between are heaven on earth.
The fairways are enormous and the greens are well cared for, but the best feature of this course is its unspoiled state. It has been maintained in its original form. No asphalt cart paths, no ball washers, no benches, no signs directing you to the next tee. No indication that the course had even been played that week. No other person in sight, no broken tees, no cart tracks, no beer cans or trash anywhere. She is as untouched and accessible as your junior prom date.
To rate this course would be like comparing some skank sitting at a Holiday Inn bar to Ivanka Trump. From a Goat Tracker's perspective, Little G is the Sistine Chapel and Copper Hill is a scribbled picture ripped out of a coloring book. The reason no one knows about this place is because of its location. Liberty, New York may not be the end of the world, but you can see it from there. That's both the good news and the bad news. Good news: it will remain unspoiled. Bad news: it could go out of business any minute. If you have time to waste, I encourage you to make the scenic drive to Grossingers. Play the Big G, it's a wonderful layout; then play the Little G and the long drive home will be an emotional one because your life is now complete, you just climbed the Mount Everest of Goat Tracks.
Don't call it a rating, it's more like a token of appreciation. Little G is the first ever recipient of the elusive...