4 Best Daily Fee Golf Courses 2012 in the Hudson Valley, Upstate NY

Stunning vistas. Tour-speed greens. Critical club selection. Sounds like one of the region’s many great private country clubs, doesn’t it? But surprise, you can find all this and more at one of these fine daily fee courses


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spook rock golf course

Spook Rock Golf Course

Suffern, NY
845-357-6466; www.ramapoparks.org
• 6,806 yards • Par 72

Its name notwithstanding, there’s nothing scary about Spook Rock — as long as you can shape your shots, manage your distance, and own a putter that never misses. Do all that and you have nothing to fear from this Rockland County course that’s regarded as one of the best layouts in the area — public or private.

“Spook Rock rewards the strategic player,” says Howie Munck, a member of the course advisory board. “There are a lot of holes like the first where you can cut the corner of the dogleg but have to be careful not to drive through the fairway.” The 538-yard sixth is another thinking player’s hole. If you stay to the right side off the tee, you may have a shot at the green — if you want to challenge the water in front.

Spook Rock underwent a major renovation in recent years, but it’s been a championship-caliber course since its creation in 1969. Over the years it has hosted seven MGA competitions, most recently the MetLife Public Links Championship in 2010. The course is mostly flat, which makes it an easy walk, but the fairways are tree-lined and there are more than 50 bunkers to keep you honest. During the renovation, spearheaded by noted golf architect Stephen Kay, a new irrigation system and driving range were installed, trees were trimmed to improve air circulation and turf conditions, and bunkers were upgraded. New tees stretched the course to 6,806 yards from the tips and new bunkers and redesigned hazards brought the course into the 21st century. The result of the multiyear project is a golf course that will challenge scratch golfers while giving high handicappers a fun day on the links.

Greens fees $65, with substantial savings at non-peak times or with a Ramapo resident ID.

» Next country club: Garrison Golf Club, Garrison, NY


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