Normanside Country Club
|Black M: 71.2/124 W: 77.4/135||357||423||148||427||448||172||354||408||570||3307||480||372||225||209||528||400||396||138||399||3147||6454|
|Blue M: 70.1/123 W: 77.0/134||350||414||135||419||428||164||345||382||532||3169||471||362||210||197||519||389||380||134||386||3048||6217|
|White M: 69.1/121 W: 75.5/128||340||399||130||407||409||156||335||366||516||3058||462||350||205||184||511||380||370||129||356||2947||6005|
|Green M: 65.3/115 W: 71.6/121||330||349||105||379||315||120||324||349||414||2685||435||340||150||162||400||358||277||116||321||2559||5244|
This once private course doesn’t get as much play as it deserves. Because of that the pace is almost always excellent. If you’re not a long hitter (like me) it offers apply challenge on long par 4s. Lots of elevation change and blind shots that will make you have to be very careful with club selection.
After your round, enjoy an incredible meal in the restaurant, lots of outstanding selections by a talented chef. The club recently changed its head pro, the new pro is very personable and works to make sure you have a great experience. The only negative I can say is that the bunkers are not traditional “fluffy” sand, which makes them play differ from most, especially after rain.
Excellent Course on Challenging Terrain
Normanside was built in 1927 and designed by William Harries, whose work was limited apparently to upstate New York. The course covers very hilly ground alongside Normans Kill and Harries made the most of the opportunity, constructing a number of dramatic holes with substantial elevation changes and featuring greens with severe drop-offs. Conditioning and maintenance are excellent. I played on a Monday morning and pretty much had the place to myself. Usually there are outings on Mondays and it is a very good idea to call ahead. The clubhouse seemed dated. Other reviewers have noted excellent food; I didn't try the restaurant, but did stop at the snack shack next to the pro shop where I had the best hot dog since I came to Albany. All in all a very good value at $45 for a round with a cart.