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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18. Brynwood Golf & Country Club, Armonk

Hole 18 • 477 yards • Par 5

It is possible to reach the green in two on the 18th hole at Brynwood, but it takes a couple of mighty blows to do it. The hole plays not only uphill but side-hill most of the way, and the design of the green complex discourages a go-for-it second shot. It may be hard to believe that a 477-yard par five is a three-shot hole, but this one is.

Even then, it’s not exactly an automatic par. The fairway is invitingly wide — except where you want to land your ball. It also tilts to the left, so drives that land in the center may well end their run in the rough. From the tee, you can aim at the bunker on the right side of the fairway, but be aware that it’s about 250 yards away, so a good drive will find it. The bunker also serves another purpose — it makes the fairway only about 15 yards wide at that point.

There’s another bunker awaiting your second shot. This one’s on the left side of the fairway about 100 yards from the green — exactly where you’d want to lay up. You can go ahead and bomb over it, just remember that you’re still hitting uphill, so you’ll need another club to clear the bunker. Three traps guard the green, two on the left and one on the right, but the toughest obstacle to par is the tree on the left front.

» See how we put together this dream course
» Honorable mentions — our other favorite long and short holes

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