GENESEO — Avid golfer Zac Rivera, a regular at Ravenwood Golf Course in Victor, had some high praise for Livingston Country Club when he walked off the 18th hole last week after completing his round.

“This course has the best greens I’ve ever played.”

Strong words coming from someone who has played several of the nation’s top golf courses from Vegas to Central Florida to Niagara Falls.

“They are absolutely perfect, not a spot on those greens,” Rivera said. “In fact, this course is in tremendous shape — tee to fairway to green — very playable and the conditions were extraordinary.”

Rivera, a Pittsford resident, visits LCC regularly when he’s on Conesus Lake with his family during the summer.

“When I come to Livingston I know the conditions are always going to be outstanding, no matter what time of the year it is,” he added. “And the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. And whoever the course superintendent is deserves some high praise.”

While pro shop faces include longtime pro Jeff Kaye along with David Thompson, LCC’s new course superintendent Donald Podlish, has been hired from Blue Heron to take charge.

Nobody knows the course better than Kaye, a head golf professional whose been at LCC for 31 years.

Kaye keeps his game sharp by participating every Monday at the WNYPGA against all of Western NY’s top pros and has enjoyed plenty of top-5 finishes during his tenure.

In 2004, Kaye won five tournaments in the WNY PGA Section. In 2005, Kaye qualified for the Nationwide tour.

Kaye currently holds the course record with a lights out 8-under par 64.

Thompson, who served as the assistant pro at LCC, prior to becoming the PGA Professional at Bath Country Club, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the pro shop.

Both Kaye and Thompson are great for lesson instructions as well.

Also around the course is Billy Kaye, Jeff’s father, who is a retired PGA Pro. Billy’s golf knowledge and expertise is second to none.

Considered the popular vote to be Livingston County’s top rated golf course, LCC is known as “the jewel of Genesee Valley,” and a great course for both tournament competitors and novice golfers alike.

The par-72 course plays 6,477 yards from the blue tees, 6,236 yards from the whites, 5,420 yards from the golds (seniors) and 5,121 yards from the red (women) tees.

While the conditions are fabulous, this is a very fair and playable course. Like most courses, if you keep the ball in the fairway, you can score. If not, it could be a tough day in the valley.

The No. 1 handicap hole (considered the courses’s toughest hole) is the No. 12, 395-yard, par-4 hole — a dog-leg left hole where your tee shot must clear the woods on the left to have a second shot at the green.

Two of the course’s toughest holes are No. 10 and No. 17, similar holes which seem to always play into the wind and a lengthy tee shot is a must if you want to reach the green in regulation.

On both No. 3 (310 yard par-4) and No. 15 (337 yard par-4) you will have to go over water and a ravine respectively to get to the green, both fun, challenging holes.

Like any successful golf course worth their weight in gold, Livingston CC takes cares of its members first, allowing them first dibs on weekend tee-times and usually allowing non-members to get off after 9 a.m. on the weekends.

The value at LCC is unparalleled and for 22 bucks you can play 18 holes with a cart every Monday, by far the best deal in the area.

On Tuesday through Thursday, its only 27 bucks.

Weekends are 38 although check out their website at to find their “Hot Deals.”

To book a tee-time or see more about LCC go to

Make sure to come out and visit Livingston Country Club, you will not be disappointed, tee to green, there’s no better course in this area.

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