NEW FOR 2024!
Starting in 2024, only tee-time golf passes will be available. If you have a "regular" pass and wish to renew for 2024, you must do so in person at the Rath Building or at a Golf Pass Sales Day in Spring 2024. Read about the changes being implemented in 2024 HERE.
2024 Golf Pass Sale Events: Purchase your new golf pass or renew your pass in person at the golf courses on the following days.
Friday March 1st (10am-2pm)
Saturday March 2nd (10am-2pm)
Friday March 8th (10am-2pm)
Saturday March 9th (10am-2pm)
Friday March 15th (10am-2pm)
If you wish to purchase a new pass or make any changes to your membership outside of the dates listed above, you will need to do so in person at our downtown office at 95 Franklin St Rm 1260 during business hours (Monday- Friday 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM).
Golf gift certificates may be purchased at either course during the season and at our downtown Rath building office year-round.
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 presents a unique challenge to a golfer regardless of skill level and Grover Cleveland Golf Course is where the 1912 U.S. Open was played.
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 terrains 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.
Grover Cleveland Golf Course
Grover Cleveland Golf Course is a 5,621-yard par 69 course located in the City of Buffalo. It was 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 Travis and Donald Ross. In 1910 Travis brought the course up to U.S. Open standards. In 1917-18 Donald Ross redesigned the course. In 1947 the City of Buffalo transferred part of the course for a VA Hospital. Three holes and part of a 4th were lost and three new holes added. Nine of the “1912 U.S. Open” holes still exist; the course is noted for its challenging green complexes designed by Ross, including the 17th hole “Redan” style par 3, as well as its fescue rough that makes it reminiscent of courses on the British Isles.
Annual Golf Passes
Golfers 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 858-8355 with any questions and 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. Passes for the season will become available in January. Once purchased, passes are non-refundable.
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.
All Golf Pass Applications must be accompanied by a signed Rules and Regulations Form (starting Jan. 2024).
Only existing golf leagues will be granted tee times in 2024. Golf Leagues: To submit your 2024 Tee Time Request, complete this form no later than March 1, 2024.
Golfers may book a golf tournament for either course by printing the application below and mailing the form and check/money order (made out to "Erie County Parks") to 3781 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226. You may also call 836-7398 and make arrangements to fill out the form at our golf courses and submit payment in person. Golf Tournament Application
Effective 2024, Erie County Parks has implemented new Golf Tournament Guidelines:
· Only one shotgun tournament per weekend (F-Sun), per course will be permitted.
· Only one, 2-day (F/Sat or Sat/Sun) shotgun tournament per month, per course, will be permitted.
· Available shotgun start times will be 9AM or 12 Noon. Applicant will choose on the application.
· All tournaments must have a tournament application on file showing fee paid. No exceptions.
· Public tee times will be made available once the tournament is finished.
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. *If signing in for the first time with a new pass number, the password will be 'Golfer1'
If you are experiencing issues logging into the system please contact 858-6427 to reset your password.
NEW FOR 2023: Erie County is transitioning to a tee time lottery system effective 2023. The lottery uses weighted points to determine tee times. Download the lottery points system HERE.
Chelsea Reservation System
App Name: Chelsea Reservations 2.0
Club Code: ERI100
Golf Course Policies
- All golfers must have a tee time. Walk-ins are welcome on the day of play if tee times are available.
- Any golfer found playing without a tee time will be asked to leave immediately.
- Golfers may check in up to ½ hour prior to tee time. Golfers attempting to check in earlier than ½ hour will be asked to come back.
- Rude, disrespectful behavior toward staff and/or other golfers will not be tolerated.
- Observe Golf Etiquette: Repair all ball marks, rake bunkers, and replace divots. Shirts must be worn at all times. Carts must remain at least 30 feet away from greens and bunkers.
Golf Course Rain Check Policy
To qualify for a raincheck, one of the following situations must apply:
1. You must be delayed by rain for at least 30 minutes.
2. 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 RAIN CHECKS ISSUED IF YOU BEGIN PLAY IN THE RAIN.
THERE WILL BE NO RAIN CHECKS ISSUED IF YOU COMPLETE SIX (6) HOLES.
FOR A RAINCHECK, PLEASE BRING YOUR GOLF RECEIPT TO THE CASHIER.