Best 18 Places to Play Golf in 2012 in the Hudson Valley and Westchester, Upstate NY

Our panel’s dream course consists of 18 holes that stand out at the extreme ends of the yardage scale



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leewood golf club

12. Leewood Golf Club, Eastchester

Hole 11  • 120 yards • Par 3

Legend has it that when Babe Ruth was a member at Leewood, he would bet his playing partners that they couldn’t throw a ball from the tee on the 11th hole to the tiny green some 60 yards below. The perfectly round green looks so close, how could you miss? It was a sucker bet, of course, because even the Babe could just barely hurl a golf ball that far. It’s not much easier getting the ball safely on the green with a wedge of some sort, either.

The green is guarded by three bunkers, not to mention a lovely but wicked pond in front. Distance control is everything, since too short is obviously wet while too long leaves you with a bunker shot that could end up in the water as well if you hit it a little thin. The best strategy: Pick your club carefully and think positive thoughts.

» Next hole: #13 at Willow Ridge Country Club, Harrison, NY

 

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