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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ardsley country club

15. Ardsley Country Club, Ardsley

Hole 15 • 326 yards • Par 4

What golfer doesn’t love to hit a soaring drive on a downhill hole? That shot might be fun, but it will wreck your score on this short but demanding par four with a ball-devouring pond at the bottom of the hill.

The 15th hole at Ardsley is a thinking golfer’s hole. In some ways, with a semi-blind tee shot and water between you and the green, it’s an echo of the first hole on the course — only better. You have a few more options off the tee, although the best play is to the flat area in the fairway about 210 yards out. Pick the distance you want for your second shot and choose your club from the tee accordingly.

The green presents challenges of its own. It’s good sized, about 5,000 square feet. Its relentless contours give long putts more breaks than a Jim Bouton knuckleball and make you look twice at every three-footer.

» Next hole: #7 at Westchester Hills Golf Club, White Plains, NY

 

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