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Golf Vacations for Teens

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Cooperstown, New York

The Place Home of the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1939, this quiet museum-rich town has become synonymous with the national pastime. It also happens to be situated in a lovely location, along the shores of Otsego Lake.

Fun Things

Clark Sports Center 607-547-2800, www.clarksportscenter.com. Your child can work out any restless energy at this community sports and fitness complex. Turn him or her loose on the ropes course or basketball court while you tend to your sore muscles in the sauna, or challenge your youngster to a bowling contest.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum 607-547-7200, www.baseballhalloffame.org. A fantastic shrine to the sport, with exhibits covering such topics as erstwhile ballparks and the lasting impact of the Negro Leagues, plus a media room where you can watch historic moments in the game.

The Golf

Leatherstocking Golf Course 800-348-6222, www.otesaga.com; $85-$95. This vintage Devereux Emmet layout, opened in 1909, may be modest in length (just over 6,400 yards), but its narrow fairways and small greens demand forethought and execution. Holes climb up the hills overlooking Otsego Lake and tumble down them to the water's edge. The reachable par-five eighteenth starts from an island tee and curls left around the lake.

Staying

Otesaga Resort Hotel 800-348-6222, www.otesaga.com; from $315 per night. This stately lakefront hotel, nearly a century old, is still the premier place for visitors to set up their base in town. Kids love swimming in both the pool and Otsego Lake.

Dining

Hoffman Lane Bistro (Eclectic) 607-547-7055. Go here for contemporary favorites that are fairly priced. T.J.'s Place/The Home Plate (Pub food) 800-860-5670. Family-oriented T.J.'s serves solid bar food amid baseball memorabilia.

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