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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1. Hollow Brook Golf Club, Cortlandt Manor
Hole 13 • 588 yards • Par 5
Just to make sure you know this is the long side of our imaginary golf course, we chose one of the longest, toughest par fives in Westchester for the opener. It’s the 13th at Hollow Brook, a full three-shot hole if there ever was one. Your drive has to be both long and straight — at least 260 yards — just to reach the dogleg, which is protected by massive bunkers and out of bounds all along the right side.
In many ways, your second shot is the key to par. Since you are still 300 yards from the hole, you’ll want to plan ahead for the best distance and angle for your third shot. Don’t get greedy. The fairway narrows to less than 20 yards as you get closer to the green, squeezed by a bunker the size of Montana that runs along the left side. Check the pin position before you choose a club for your third shot, too. The green is humpbacked and a full 35 yards deep.
» Next hole: #13 at Metropolis Country Club, White Plains, NY