The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry owns and operates two exceptional golf courses: Elma Meadows Golf Course and Grover Cleveland Golf Course. Each course present a unique challenge to a golfer regardless of skill level and one course is where the 1912 U.S. Open was played.
Elma Meadows Golf Course is now open for the season. Grover Cleveland's opening date is TBD.
Elma Meadows Golf Course
Elma Meadows Golf Course is a 6,700 yard par 70 course situated along Buffalo Creek in the Town of Elma and is laid out on some of the most elevated terrain of any golf course in Erie County. Opened in 1959 and designed by William Harries and Russ Tyron, Elma Meadows is known for its long par 4s, including the recently extended 495 yard par 4 18th hole from the championship tee. Click for more information on Elma Meadows Golf Course.
Grover Cleveland Golf Course
Grover Cleveland Golf Course is a 5,700 yard par 69 course located in the City of Buffalo. It is the home of the 1912 U.S. Open and the only public golf facility in North America to be designed by two of the most famous golf architects of the early 20th Century: Walter J. Travers and Donald Ross. The course was designed by Travers in 1902, redesigned by Ross in 1920, and redesigned again in 1952. While not long, 9 of the original Travers “1912 Open” holes still exist and the course is noted for its very difficult green complexes designed by Ross, including the 17th hole “Redan” style par 3, as well as it fescue rough that makes it reminiscent of courses on the British Isles. Click for more information on Grover Cleveland Golf Course.
Annual Golf Passes
Residents may purchase annual unlimited golf passes for either or both courses by printing the application below and mailing the form and check/money order (made out to "Erie County Parks") to 95 Franklin St, Rm 1260, Buffalo, NY 14202. You may also call 858-7037 and make arrangements to fill out the form at our Downtown Office and submit payment in person. Passes are valid until December 31st, or the end of the season, whichever comes first. Once purchased, passes are non-refundable. Due to popular demand, we will be offering additional dates for golf pass application processing. We will be at Grover Cleveland on April 22nd from 10:00-2:00, as well as April 24th and 25th from 10:00-1:00. If you have not had a golf pass previously, or need to make a change (youth-adult or adult-senior), you must apply for a pass in person. Golf Pass Application
Tee-Time Reservation System
Erie County offers an online and phone tee-time reservation system. Phone reservations may be made by calling (716) 858-8585 or online by clicking HERE. Please note there is a $2.00 service charge per golfer to make a tee time without a tee time annual pass membership.
GOLF COURSE RAIN CHECK POLICY
TO QUALIFY FOR A RAIN CHECK, YOU MUST BE DELAYED BY RAIN FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES.
TO QUALIFY FOR A RAIN CHECK, YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED LESS THAN SIX (6) HOLES, AND BE ON THE COURSE FOR LESS THAN NINETY (90) MINUTES
IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A RAINCHECK, YOU WILL RECEIVE A PASS FOR THE EXACT VALUE OF YOUR ORIGINAL PURCHASE. THIS INCLUDES GOLF, GOLF CART AND ACCESS FEE.
THERE WILL BE NO RAINCHECKS ISSUED IF YOU BEGIN PLAY IN THE RAIN.
THERE WILL BE NO RAINCHECKS ISSUED IF YOU COMPLETE SIX (6) HOLES.
FOR A RAINCHECK, PLEASE BRING YOUR GOLF RECEIPT TO THE CASHIER.