Shadowbrook Inn & Resort Golf Course
This course has a bit of a split personality.
There are some very nice, interesting golf holes like the short par 4 number 3, which features a tight, semi-blind tee shot and a fairway that gets tighter and tighter the closer you get to the hole. It has two quality par 3s, and 3 quality par 5s, and all the greens are small, firm, fast, and true.
But for every good hole, you are forced to endure a hole that is boring, featureless, or in the case of number 11, just plain silly. Most of the back 9 is built along the side of a steep hill, and the routing does not use it to good effect. Some of the holes come off as gimmicky and contrived.
For every green that presents a fun, challenging target, there is a green that has such a severe slope and extreme falloff that is resembles miniature golf more than resort golf.
Conditioning has improved recently, and is actually quite good. Pace of play is not monitored at all, and at the wrong time could be excruciating. The staff is not the friendliest, and on my last visit I got a bit of attitude from the proshop for using a golfnow hotdeal.
If you get a hotdeal at a time unlikely to be busy and slow, then take it. But avoid paying top dollar, especially at peak times.
November 3, 2013
Greens lightening fast !!
Course was groomed fabulous , very clear of leaves. The greens where lightening fast . Made it a challenge to putt !
October 18, 2013
Tim in the pro shop was very heplful for our first time there. The course was nice. Some fun holes, some tough ones too. The greens are small and were rather fast which made it tough to keep a ball on the greens. Would definately play again.
October 6, 2013
Shadowbrook is worth your time
I'm from the Binghamton NY area and have played Shadowbrook many times in the past 15 years. The course has seen good times and bad, with two major floods and a bout or two with blight. The most recent challenge was the gas pipeline, which went right through the 9th and 11th fairways. The course is nearly healed though, and it looks like some of that pipeline cash founds its way back into the .maintenance budget. The course was in good shape when my foursome played it on 10/04/13. The front 9 is mostly flat, with some decent bunkering and interesting holes. The river runs right by you and the course seems almost fairy tail like with all of the flora and fauna. The back 9 is all hill and shot placement is key. The course isn't overly long, but you'll want your driver in gear to take advantage of the scoring opportunities. If you're a fan of Geoffrey Cornish designs then you'll like this course. Golfnow hot rates for this course are phenomenal.
October 5, 2013
Fun & friendly
The course is in great shape, especially this late in the season. I highly recommend playing it before the snow flies.
October 2, 2013
No ranger to police players
We saw a sixsome on the course on the front 9, and I heard other golfers screaming at them.
We made the turn and went to #10 only to find two foursomes that had stopped to drink for 3 hours before going to the back nine. After watching the 1st group take 1/2 hour to play #10 and the 2nd group almost as long, we jumped around them and missed out on 3 holes. Saw these same 2 foursomes all playing together a while later on the back 9.
I doubt I'll be back there this year.
September 7, 2013
Great course for average golfer
Great course for the money. Only drawback is lack of Ranger.
August 24, 2013
The Shawnee experience is always excellent. Very good overall experience.
August 24, 2013