There were 200 charter members of the club in 1926, paying annual dues of $25.00 plus a Federal tax of $2.50. Greens fees for non-members were fixed at $1.00 per day or $5.00 per week. The club opened for play at exactly 3PM on Saturday, July 31st. The Instructor A. J. Stearns was on hand, as he was staying at the Silver Bay YMCA for the summer. Two days before TGC’s opening, the Ticonderoga Sentinel heralded the big day: “The course is in excellent condition, final preparations are being made and all will be in readiness for the opening day, which should be one of considerable importance in the progress and expansion of Ticonderoga.”
Indeed, Ticonderoga Golf Course has been important to the Town of Ticonderoga and the Northern Lake George region. It has made significant economic contributions to the area as a jobs creator and as a business over its nearly 100-year history.
The course has had a number of golfing professionals including Les Avery, Mike Doctor, Tom Gunning, Bill Duprey, Tony Fortino, Jack Giles and the current PGA Head Professional, George Mackey. George is Ticonderoga’s longest serving golf professional and begins his 41st season in 2021.
Ticonderoga Golf Course has hosted many historical golfing figures. In 1932, Bobby Criukshank and Wiffy Cox played 18 holes against the Ticonderoga golf pro and club champion. Criukshank, born in Scotland, competed in the PGA of America and had 17 PGA Tour wins – his best major finish, 2nd. Cox had nine championship victories and led the 1931 money list with $11,000. Gene Sarazen, who won the 2nd Masters ever contested and was the first player to win the career Grand Slam, fired a 74 at TGC in a 1940 exhibition round. Jimmy Nichols, a world famous one-armed golf star, shot a 73 at Ticonderoga Golf Course in 1950. He played with the likes of Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones and Gene Sarazen. Nichols was 2-under par on the front nine, but he ran into trouble on the back. PGA Touring Pro, Joey Sindelar, won the 1976 NYSHSAA Championship at Ticonderoga Golf Course with a cool 68-66.
TGC’s course record belongs to Brian Tennyson, a local pro, who shot a 64. Over the years, Ticonderoga Golf Course has hosted many matches between local golf clubs, community tournaments, and events.
Perhaps, Ticonderoga Golf Course’s most important history is that of you and your families, who have celebrated marriages, the life of loved ones, alumni events, engagements, birthdays, dates, and many more occasions throughout the years.
We are delighted you are considering a visit to our storied Ticonderoga Golf Course. We hope you make great memories at this beloved community gem.