Fantasy Fairways

Westchester’s best 18 holes test your golf savvy, skills, and strategy


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Quaker Ridge Golf ClubCarol Moskowitz tees off at Quaker Ridge #6

Quaker Ridge Golf Club #6

446 Yards, Par 4

Playing the opening hole on the fantasy fairways back nine at par or better requires some imagination, as players across the generations have discovered. Quaker Ridge’s sixth hole has challenged nearly every champion of the sport, from Harry Vardon to Byron Nelson to Jack Nicklaus, as well as the players in the 1997 Walker Cup. They’ve all discovered what club members have known for years: you first have to imagine the best route to the green because from the tee you can’t see it hidden far, far away around a gentle dogleg. Many players also imagine they can cut the corner on the right, but only those capable of a 300-yard carry should even try. If they do, it better be straight as a string, because any fade will drop the bomb into punishing rough on a hillside lie and a drive with more than a slight draw will end up through the fairway or worse, in the lateral hazard along the left-hand side. Even if you drive the ball to the perfect spot on the right half of the fairway, your approach must be just as accurate; the classically bunkered green makes no allowances for sloppy play.


Next tee: Westchester Hills Golf Club #15


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