4 Best Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2012 in the Hudson Valley, Upstate NY

If variety is the spice of life, golf in the Hudson Valley is a banquet of flavors. Whether you’re looking for a fun, quick nine holes or a serious threat to your handicap, you’ll find it at one of these four fine Hudson Valley clubs


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sedgewood golf clubThe Sedgewood Club, Hole 9

The Sedgewood Club

Kent Lakes, NY; www.thesedgewoodclub.com
• 6,010 yards • Par 70

When you cross the rustic wooden bridge that brings you into Sedgewood it’s like entering another place and time. Hidden among 1,200 acres of protected woodlands is a community of getaway homes, spring-fed lakes plied by quiet fishing boats, Tilden-era red-clay tennis courts, and an 80-year-old golf course that’s still fun and funky.

Because the golf course is laid out on the hills above a lake, there are plenty of twists and turns, elevation changes and sloping, slanting fairways and greens to contend with. The first hole, for example, is a short but severe dogleg left. The second climbs relentlessly uphill, so you can be faced with a blind second shot into the tiny green if you’re a little short off the tee. The tee box for the 453-yard par-four fourth hole sits high, offering beautiful vistas of the surrounding country. At 267 yards downhill, the sixth hole is eminently driveable — as long as your tee shot is laser guided. You’ll be teeing off through a narrow chute of trees even the slightest fade will put you in a place you don’t want to be.

The course is just perfect as a nine-holer, although two sets of tees change the lengths and, in some cases, the shot values for several holes, making an 18-hole round possible if you absolutely must. For a quick, challenging game, though, it’s hard to beat a good nine-hole layout like this one.

» Next country club: Otterkill Golf & Country Club, Campbell Hall, NY


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