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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13. Willow Ridge Country Club, Harrison

Hole 18 • 475 yards • Par 5

This should be an easily reachable par five, a simple birdie that puts a smile on your face at the end of your round at Willow Ridge. But don’t count your birdies until they’re hatched. This may be a short hole, but it’s not a pushover.

The terrain is what kills you. To start, there doesn’t seem to be a landing area for your tee shot among all the mounds and moguls in the narrow fairway. You’ll also find your drive doesn’t travel as far as you expect since you’re hitting it uphill. The second shot is even tougher. You’ll be hitting off an uneven lie to a blind target and again uphill — even more steeply this time. Go ahead, hit all you’ve got and then some. While you’re at it, aim for the left side of the fairway, which will give you the best angle into the green for the third shot you’ll almost certainly have.

The green is flanked by six bunkers on the sides plus one in the back. It has two tiers and a slick false front, so plan your third shot with care.

» Next hole: #4 at Trump National Golf Club, Briarcliff Manor, NY

 

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