Ya the Rochester Area is great for golf. Some great golf history here. Jeff Sulman, Walter Hagen, Joey Sindelar, and tons of D1 college golfers. Ya NYC sounds like just a bunch of people squeezed into very little space. Also heard lots of angry people. Western NY people are laid back for the most part, but we do have alot of cry babies. Think its all the Snow we get.
I think you nailed it. NYC is a nice place to visit though. Maybe not for golf, but you have almost any kind of activity or entertainment any time of the day.
I remember lake effect snow from the couple of years I spent in Ohio. But we tend to get more ice and freezing rain, which entails a separate kind of trouble.