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522 Golf Course Rd
Hancock, NY  13783-7700
United States
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Hancock Course

9 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

36 par | 3,306 yards | 113 slope

35.8 rating

Hancock Golf Course

The 9-hole "Hancock" course at the Hancock Golf Course facility in Hancock, New York features 3,306 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 35.8 and it has a slope rating of 113. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA, the Hancock golf course opened in 2013. Julie Bojo manages the course as the General Manager.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

Located in the southern tier of New York, Hancock Golf Course is a pleasure to play and a slice of history as well. The course was originally designed by legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones seven decades ago, and his ideas on the game of golf are clearly evident. According to the Robert Trent Jones Society, the designer of this course "believed that golf should be a no risk; no reward sport and his designs encouraged daring play." This philosophy is on display as one steps up to the fifth tee box. The green is kept tantalizingly out of the golfer's view until the second shot. A shot over water that is reachable, but not easy. The accurate and courageous golfer will be rewarded, others will lose their golf balls in the water or the woods. A perfect Jones golf hole. Distances are clearly marked on each hole, and one can march around the course comfortably if you are confident about club yardage. The layout provides the clear opportunity for success on each hole. Reasonable distance off the tee always opens up to a clear shot at the tiny greens. The greens are welcoming and in very good shape even at the end of August, but they are challenging. Designed with bent grass it is similar to putting on tile, but they are readable and fair, and their endless undulations provide for dramatic turns of the ball on the way to the cup. The fairways are Bermuda grass, and although they are tree lined, they are wide and inviting. The course is nestled into the forest in such a way that it seems to have always been hidden there. Sounds of nature prevail as one walks away from the first tee, and from soaring eagles to deer in the woods, it is a beautiful day spent in the open. Now under new management, the course is being genuinely cared for and nurtured by Professional Golf Association golfer Dustin Wrighter and his family, and that was exactly the atmosphere that I encountered at their golf course. The staff at the clubhouse was friendly and helpful, and to those concerned about libations, the clubhouse one again has a liquor license. Playing at the end of August, one can always find reasons to complain, but I found the fairways to be in very good shape, particularly by local standards, and the greens were green. Something that is not the norm at many courses at this time of year. The design of the greens is wonderful on this course. Some are surrounded by earthen berms that will redirect a mildly errant shot, and others appear to be the only level area in sight. They are small, challenging, fun and fair. A beautiful course with very competitive rates, it is one of the handful of courses that I will play five or more times this season.

Reviewed May 03, 2008

I would really like to rate this course higher, as it IS a Robert Trent Jones design, and a competent one at that. Sadly though, despite the sound design and above average aesthetics, this course seems destined for pasture. My cousin Bob and I played here on 05/02/08 after having completed a quick 18 at French Woods. The "clubhouse", for lack of a better word, is sidled up next to a trailer, which seems a bit ghetto, and certainly out of place on a RTJ design. There were no libations available, as the course had lost it's liquor license. From the quiet conversation among the workers/owners(?)there, it sounded like there had been some delinquent tax issues that caused the problem. There was no food made, and when we ordered a hot dog and a can of soda, it was $5.50 for a 10 minute wait and a paltry dog. Speaking of prices, we paid $15 each for 9 and a cart (with the golfcard discount). Without the discount, it would have been quite a bit more. Everywhere you look here, you'll see the signs of financial distress. From the photocopied scorecards, to the beat up golf carts and on to the clover filled fairways. It looked as though several construction projects were underway and in various stages of completion as well. On this day though, despite the total lack of play, the equipment was idle. The greens were, undoubtedly, the smallest I have EVER seen on a golf course-and I've played alot of courses in alot of different places. I couldn't tell whether they'd been downsized to cut maintenence costs, or whether they were supposed to be that way; but it's hard to believe RTJ would have designed them as such. If I have to cite two positives, the course is very pretty, and the staff quite friendly and personable. If you're in the area, it's worth a play, if only to see a RTJ course before it slips forever into the pages of history.......


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  • Latest Scores
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 eric C. N/A 43 43 08/30/16
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 eric C. N/A 43 43 08/30/16

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About Hancock

Hancock Golf Course

Golf Only facility

9 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Julie Bojo, General Manager
Eric Buckley, Superintendent
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