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Upstater Destinations: Joralemon Disc Golf Course

We’ve all heard Mark Twain’s description of the game of golf as “a good walk spoiled.” Clearly, he wasn’t referring to disc golf, although one could argue that disc golf might spoil a walk even more so than regular golf, especially the day after when it’s nearly impossible to lift your arms.

Legend has it that the game of disc golf was invented by a camp counselor who thought it would be fun to teach kids how to play golf with Frisbees and baskets. From there, the game grew into what some consider a “frat-boy slacker” game, complete with special Frisbees for each hole (putters, drivers, etc., just like in regular golf). But here’s the thing: We’ve played disc golf, and we’re not slacker frat-boys, and we think it’s really fun. Some might even say it’s a bit addictive. Luckily, upstate New York is home to one of the best disc golf courses in the country: Joralemon Disc Golf Course in Ravena.

The object of the game is to try to get your disc in the basket, or “hole”, with as few throws as possible. Just like in regular golf. And, like golf, courses are set up with 9, 18, or 27 holes. The Joralemon course has 27 holes, all them with tee-off pads (usually a big concrete square upon which a disc golfer can stand and throw) and situated in various types of terrain. Techniques vary, based on the distance from the tee pad to the hole and the terrain, so it’s good to play your first game with someone who knows how to play and can walk you through the manoeuvrings and machinations. You might even get a hole-in-one (it actually happened to me the first time I played, at the very first hole. Beginners luck. It was all downhill from there).

If you’re interested in spoiling a good walk with a few rounds of disc golf, check out this nifty disc golf website, which breaks down the Joralemon course by photographs of each of the 27 holes. Here’s a sneak peak at a couple of the more picturesque holes:

Hole 27

Hole 4

Hole 14

Hole 23


Category: Albany County, Destinations, Ravena, upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 24 May 2012 10:45 AM | 2 Comments

Ravena Village Victorian, $189,900

As we begin our departure from Ravena, our Town of the Week, we want to show you two more Victorians we found in the village. This is the most inexpensive one, and one might argue that it’s also the one with the most character. Sure, she has her flaws (the kitchen is kind of bland, we could do without the wallpaper borders, and we vigorously dislike the chain-link fence around the yard), but check out the ornate lattice-work detail in the living room doorway.

This one is an excellent bargain at $63/square foot. We don’t see any major catastrophes anywhere, aside from the aforementioned cosmetic fixes. Located on a corner lot and less than a mile from the Hudson River. Includes a detached garage.

12 Main Street, Ravena (Vittoria Real Estate) GMAP
Asking Price: $189,900
Beds: 5
Baths: 2.5
Square Feet: 3005
Year Built: 1898
Land: .26 acres
Taxes: $5969
Features: Jacuzzi tub in master bath, garden patio, wrap-around porch

Category: $100000 to $199000, Albany County, Ravena, upstate new york, Village

By: kandyharris | 24 May 2012 09:22 AM | No Comments

Craftsman in Ravena, $147,900

It’s modest. The lot size is small. But it’s cute, and it’s extremely affordable for someone who’s looking to get their feet wet in upstate living (even though Ravena is pretty far upstate) but doesn’t want to invest in an expensive country manse. Nice built-ins, hardwood floors, and a recently-updated kitchen. It’s located right in the village of Ravena in a nice, seemingly quiet, tree-lined residential neighborhood with the village’s local recreational complex, Mosher Park. Check out the GMAP Streetview if you get a chance. It reveals that although the lot size is only a quarter of an acre, it still seems to have some space to call an actual yard, and it’s a corner lot, to boot.

65 Dempster Street, Ravena (Louise Warner Realty) GMAP
Asking Price: $147,900
Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Square Feet: 1456
Year Built: 1925
Land: .23 acres
Taxes: $2984
Features: Updated kitchen, new roof, corner lot

Category: $100000 to $199000, Albany County, Ravena, upstate new york, Village

By: kandyharris | 23 May 2012 09:42 AM | No Comments

Ravena Colonial, $260,000

This little colonial out in the boondocks of Ravena is one of the pricier houses we found listed. Not that it’s expensive, per se, but the price per square foot is around $133, which is a bit more than the average. But it’s also on 4 acres in the absolute middle of Nowheresville, USA, about 8 miles from the village of Ravena, so privacy seems pretty much assured. The interior walls are cedar-sided, with hardwood floors and a living room wood stove. The wood trim and cabinetry throughout was left naked and unpainted, which we think was a good aesthetic choice. The listing states that there’s a waterfall on the lot. Always a bonus! Speaking of bonuses, both the public records and propertyshark.com hint that this property might include additional land. Worth investigating.

780 Blodgett Hill Road, Ravena (Vittoria Real Estate) GMAP
Asking Price: $260,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 1.5
Square Feet: 1952
Year Built: 1952
Land: 4 acres
Taxes: $7,889
Features: Wood stove, waterfall

Category: $200000 to $299000, Albany County, Ravena, Rural, upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 22 May 2012 09:25 AM | No Comments