No. 10. Rochester, N.Y.Population: 1,036,920
Median home price: $106,900
Number of public courses: 64
Median green fee: $30
THE GOLF: Baby, it's cold up here, but by Memorial Day you can play more gorgeous golf for less than in any other big American city. Locals pay just $38 to walk the best of the bunch, Greystone, a 7,200-yard links-style layout with tall native grasses and pot bunkers aplenty.
THE REST: In addition to the low crime rate, affordable housing and a high number of Fortune 1000 companies in town, Men's Health magazine hails Rochester as one of America's healthiest cities for men. Hmm. They must have passed on the Garbage Plate, a tasty native dish that includes hot dogs, burgers, eggs, home fries, baked beans, onions and hot sauce. Pack the Tums.
The Bristol Harbour Golf Club (4th hole, above) is located in the heart of New York State's Finger Lakes region.