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Let’s start this post with a disclaimer: There are no golfers in residence at Catskill Eats headquarters. But the area’s large variety of courses offer a surprising diversity of eating and drinking options that are tucked away on their greens but open to the public.
The clubhouse at Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club, off Route 30 just north of the village of Margaretville, is a particularly scenic one. The clubhouse restaurant and bar overlook a broad mountain view that’s especially breathtaking when the leaves change colors.
There’s a formal restaurant on site that offers prime rib and schnitzel nights, along with a regular fine-dining menu, but the real bargains are to be found during the early evening hours at the bar. Happy hour specials, which change periodically and generally apply between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., currently include 75-cent coconut shrimp and wings and $2 quesadillas (pork or cheese). Rotating drink specials include $3 and $4 draft beers, and there’s usually at least one New York State beer on tap. (Try Cooperstown Brewing Co.’s Backyard IPA.)
If you miss happy hour, you can still partake in reasonably priced dishes off the pub menu, such as a Japanese hanger steak or a beef ribeye sandwich.
There’s plenty of seating at the large horseshoe-shaped bar, where TVs broadcast mostly sports, and golf stories old and new are bantered about. But if the weather’s nice, the giant plaza-like deck behind the clubhouse is the place to park with your food and a few friends and watch the sun set. (And don’t forget to tip your servers extra for schlepping your order out to you.)
Find Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club at 576 W. Hubbell Hill Road, Margaretville.