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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14. Trump National Golf Club, Briarcliff Manor

Hole 4 • 353 yards • Par 4

This is the shortest par four on Trump National, but it is far from the easiest. Par or better is entirely possible, but it takes a disciplined, accurate player to do it.

A driver off the tee is folly. Any shot slightly left will end up in the pond that lines that entire side of the fairway, while even a mild banana ball will end up in the woods — or worse, out of bounds — on the right. Even a long, straight drive will probably go through the fairway and leave no shot to the green.

The smart play is a hybrid or fairway wood off the tee, followed by a pinpoint second shot to the deep but narrow green nestled between rough-covered mounds and three very punishing bunkers.

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