Copake Country Club

Copake Country Club's stunningly designed 18-hole golf course is enveloped by the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, on the shores of Copake Lake, has offered quality public golf since 1921.

CRARYVILLE, New York – Copake Country Club, a scenic public access course here in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Devereux Emmet 1921 design – in Craryville – is known for its strategic holes, fast greens, dramatic elevations and stunning vistas.

Copake Country Club (6,300 yards, par 72), considered one of the top public golf courses in the U.S., sits on the shores of Copake Lake and is at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Architect Mark Fine developed a Master Plan for the vintage course that included significant restoration and renovation work.

“The long history of Copake demanded that respect be paid to this era of design,” said Fine.

The mission was to preserve, protect and promote the strategic Golden Age features that the original architect left behind. The result is a course that’s a “must play’’ for golfers who want to experience an authentic design by one of America’s greatest early architects.

Emmet (1861-1934), a New York native and graduate of Columbia University, is considered a giant of American golf design and one of the quintessential architects of the Golden Age. He is credited with designing more than 150 golf courses worldwide. Some of his more famous work in the U.S. is Garden City Golf Club, Congressional Country Club, Bethpage State Park (Green Course), as well as Pelham Country Club, The Powelton Club, Sewane Country Club and Wee Burn Country Club.

Copake is a shot maker’s paradise with its green complexes the strength of the course. Most of the greens are crowned and severely canted in places and feature steep false fronts.

Copake was almost lost to a real estate developer, who was planning to purchase the land for the construction of some 400 townhomes. In 2006, an initiative led by local resident Jon Urban saved the historic course from destruction and thus preserved its legacy.

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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