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17440 State Highway 97 East Newman Road
Hancock, NY  13783
United States
P: (607) 637-1800
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French Woods Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,018 yards | 113 slope

70.0 rating | Blue grass

Recommend this course: +0 -0

French Woods Golf Course


The 18-hole "French Woods" course at the French Woods Golf & Country Club facility in Hancock, New York features 6,018 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.The course rating is 70.0 and it has a slope rating of 113 on Blue grass. Designed by R. Bass/C. Anderson/E. Skinner, the French Woods golf course opened in 1999. Russell Bass manages the course as the Owner.

Course Reviews


I have played this course several times over the past 10 years and have always found it enjoyable. The scenery is awesome, the greens fees are hard to beat and the staff is super friendly and accommodating. I travel from central NJ, meet my buddy from Queens in North Jersey and we drive up together for a weekday round and usually have the place to ourselves. One of the most relaxing rounds of golf I have all year with no regard for the state of my game or my score. I look forward to this trip every year and wonder why I don't make more time to get there more often. Scenic 7th hole - almost hate to tee it up and have to leave. Cabins on course are nice and plan to one day do a play and stay. Nice little mountain course.

I've organized a three night group outing at French Woods for the past three Septembers(2010, '11, '12). I found them after an extensive search of other websites that offer on course lodging (note that FW's website should be updated and certainly doesn't "sell" the course). My group travels from the NYC metro area and is just as interested in the after golf activities (campfires, beers, dinner, lawn games, card games) as they are in the golf itself. The golf course can be a bit tight, but is fair to high handicappers, and offers big hitters/low handicappers a few opportuities for aggresive shot selection to cut corners and reach greens in less than GIR. It has a typical rustic feel, several elevation changes, blind shots, small hard greens, a mix of water and treeline hazards. In late Sepember it's in reasonably good shape with almost no crowds (it always seems to rain though). In fact course management allows you to play multiple rounds on the same day providing you are lodging on site. Since holes 1-3 (par 4, 3, and 5) form a loop back to the clubhouse, you can sneak in an extra few holes before heading back to the cabins. Hole #7 offers breath taking views!

The on course cabins are the real delight of the facility. Beautiful little log cabins with modern ammenities inside. They couldn't be any more convenient for a group who enjoys a few beers on the course and doesn't want to worry about driving home. They're walking distance from the clubhouse and have all the furnishings of home (fridge, oven, microwave, 1 1/2 baths, heat, ac. Bring extra towels, and be prepared to do your own dishes. The cabins all have a fire pit outside, and offer an area to play wiffle ball, or other backyard style game.

Overall, it's a typical rustic course if you only consider the golf and you're only playing one round and going home. If you're making a weekend out of it, the price, accomodations and convenience, playability, friendliness of staff, golf conditions, and uniqueness of the course make for a great experience.

I've played French Woods a few times over the past 3 years and return for the unique layout and solid value. I'm from Binghamton, so it's a little bit of a jaunt (especially at $3.50+ a gallon for gas). The "pro-shop" is more like a pro-closet, but the clubhouse is a nice log cabin with a restaurant and bar/grille. There are neat little cottages scattered about the course that you can rent too. The course incorporates alot of the natural terrain (boulders, ponds, hills, etc.) and that gives it a rustic feel in places. Greens are generally small and the fairways tight in spots. I've seen the course mature alot in the last couple of years and you can see where drainage and soil improvements are slowly making a difference. The carts here are reasonably well maintained (gas)and seem to be governed correctly to handle the big hills. There are a fair number of "blind shots" here as well, which assures that you'll score better your second time around. Dramatic elevation changes and great views are the icing on the cake. If I have one gripe, it's hole #2. This hole is a twinky par 3 that's jammed in a shady corner of the course. It needs to be lengthened by about 30 yards to be acceptable, in my book. Other than that, I like the place and recommend it....** UPDATE 05/02/08 ** The prices here have gone up significantly from last year. The breakfast special with 18 and a cart used to be in the high $20's. It is now in the high $30's on a weekday. A sign of the times I guess; but it will preclude me from returning anytime soon with the cost of gas....

Vill

An improving course but still lacks a slpoe and rating. It is a good value and an enjoyable golf outing.

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  • Overall
  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Philip G. 19 91 72 07/03/07
2 FRANK P. 34 108 74 08/10/08
3 Philip G. 19 93 74 09/04/07
4 FRANK P. 34 110 76 07/19/08
5 FRANK P. 34 111 77 07/05/08
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
8 FRANK P. 34 117 83 08/23/08
2 FRANK P. 34 108 74 08/10/08
7 FRANK P. 34 113 79 08/09/08
4 FRANK P. 34 110 76 07/19/08
5 FRANK P. 34 111 77 07/05/08

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About French Woods

French Woods Golf & Country Club

Golf Only facility

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Russell Bass, Owner
Dan Wormuth, Superintendent
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