With the 2012 Masters right around the corner, we have golf fever.  With the mild winter we have had in the Albany area many courses are open, and here are five of our favorites.

Stadium Golf Club:  Schenectady

The Stadium Golf Club in Schenectady is one of our favorites for many reasons, but mainly because it's really close to the radio station which makes it very easy to sneak out for some quick golf on our lunch breaks.  If we can't get some holes in we can at least hit up their driving range, which always makes us feel better because all we have to do is hit the ball as hard as we can.

On a side note, it's built on all sand, which means that when it rains the course dries much faster.  That is something that we really enjoy.

Western Turnpike: Guilderland

Western Turnpike is a great course no matter what your skill level is.  Located right off of route 20 in Guilderland, it's very easy to get to for anyone in the Albany area.  A 27 hole championship course that also has a pretty great restaurant.  We like nothing more than to eat after we golf, so it's a pretty perfect match.  Another place we can hit the range on, and it's heated for use during the offseason. Winning!

Colonial Acres: Bethlehem

Sometimes we get lazy, hard to believe right?  If you are looking for an awesome 9 hole course that provides a bit of a challenge, then Colonial Acres is for you.  It's also a course that won't cost you all that much money.  It's par three atmosphere is great for adults, but is also a really good place to bring a young golfer to get them warmed up.

Orchard Creek: Altamont

Nestled quietly outside of Altamont, it's a beautiful course you can use to escape the craziness of Albany.  Orchard Creek is a course that has been around almost as long as the country itself.  Not just a golf course, it also has a great shop with locally made foods and is also home to the Furtures Tournament, which show cases some of the best up and comers in women's golf.

Capital Hills: Albany

Capital Hills is one of the most challenging course that we have taken on, and is open to the public.  This course is equipped with some great golf challenges, a fantastic pro-shop and a killer restaurant, Martels, right on the course.  You can hit the range, or brush up on your short game and practice before you golf poorly, or is that just us?