The Sagamore Resort and Golf Club

This 1928 Donald Ross classic north of Albany is the true gem of the Adirondacks. True, the views of Lake George cease after the first tee (though it’s a jaw-dropper), but the remainder showcase the master’s flair for strategic design amid a succession of holes carved from thick forest, with mountain backdrops throughout. Thick rough and a variety of stances and lies on the hilly fairways demand precision shotmaking until the final putt drops.