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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Other Long and Short Holes of Note:
287 yards, par 4
A stand of tall trees and some marshy ground off the fairway keeps players from driving this tiny green.
290 yards, par 4
With a blind tee shot, this can be a nerve-wracking short hole. It’s best played with something less than a driver since the green is tucked into a corner far to the right of the tee box.
Glen Arbor #7
206 yards, par 3
Even though it’s downhill, your shot must be all carry to this difficult tiered green.
Old Oaks #11
310 yards, par 4
Yes, you can drive this green, but the odds are against you. The green is elevated and you’ll have to carry a huge tree that blocks a straight shot from the tee.
582 yards, par 5
Hit as far as you want on the first shot — you’ll still be laying up to the water around the corner and in front of the green on your second.
Pound Ridge #5
309 yards, par 4
Pete Dye probably knows, but it’s hard to say how many bunkers lie between the tee and the green on this short tester. They’re not only in the rough, either, but dot the fairway just about everywhere you’d want to hit.
565 yards, par 5
Placing your second shot in the right place to leave a solid short iron to the green is the key to par on this hole, where the third shot plays over water.
144 yards, par 3
Two tiers on this narrow green make precision off the tee essential. Short is disastrous and long isn’t much better.
455 yards, par 4
This is the number one handicap hole for a reason. It takes two shots both long and well-shaped to reach the green in regulation, then an eagle eye and steady nerves to putt the ball into the hole.