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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Garrison Golf Club
• 6,497 yards • Par 72
Many clubs in the Hudson Valley are proud of their views, but few have more to brag about than the club at Garrison, where the setting 800 feet above the river yields jaw-dropping vistas of the Hudson Highlands and West Point. In addition to stunning views, the course features varied topography with demanding elevation changes, steeply canted fairways, and challenging greens.
The front and back nines have distinctly different characters, although both demand precise shot making and reward bold play. The front nine is tighter, with tree-lined fairways and some intimidating carries both off the tee and into the greens. The sixth hole, 404 yards, has a blind tee shot where a draw is perfect but a straight ball won’t hurt too much. The second shot is all carry over water, but the pressure is more mental than physical. The seventh, a 449-yard par five, looks like a pushover, but a creek runs all along the narrow fairway on the right side, then turns 20 yards in front of the green to make you think twice about being a hero with your second shot.
The back side is set on a shelf among the hills and opens up a bit. The short holes are the most interesting, especially the 343-yard 12th, a dogleg left with a bunker in front of the green that eradicates any advantage for the long hitter. The 14th, a 215-yard par three, is all carry over water, while the 202-yard 17th hole has everything — trees, sand, and water, not to mention an undulating green.
Weekday greens fees $50, Weekends $75, with substantial savings for twilight times.