Best 18 Golf Holes at Westchester County’s Clubs and Courses in 2013

The pros’ picks: Westchester’s golf professionals reveal their favorite holes—and a few surprises!


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Ardsley Country Club
Ardsley • Hole 6 • 430 yards • Par 4

jim benderJim Bender: “I’ve always warned members and their guests that this hole plays harder than it looks. You can get in trouble off the tee, although that’s not the real challenge. The toughest shot is the approach to the green. It’s uphill all the way, and the green itself is elevated with a false front—just to make it more important to use enough club.”

Metropolis Country Club
White Plains • Hole 17 • 350 yards • Par 4

craig thomasCraig Thomas: “You might be surprised, but I like the 17th hole. It shows that there’s more to this game than length. It’s certainly not long, but it’s an interesting hole that puts a premium on accuracy. Your tee shot has to be straight, and you have to hit your second shot on the nose or you’re going to get in trouble. The green is elevated and small, almost like an island surrounded by bunkers and grass swales, so you really have to float your ball into it.”

Whippoorwill Club
Armonk • Hole 16 • 551 yards • Par 5

jim wahlJim Wahl: “Par on this hole is harder than you think. Even a long, straight drive off the tee will leave you with an uphill approach with cross bunkers in play on the second shot and a really tough green for the third. Even a short chip or little pitch into the green can cause problems because the green is highly contoured and can be very fast, since it’s perched up high where the wind can keep it dry and slick.”

Hudson National Golf Club
Croton-on-Hudson • Hole 18 • 470 yards • Par 4

theron harveyTheron Harvey: “Our 18th is simply the best golf hole I’ve ever played. It’s aesthetically perfect. The views of the Hudson River from the tee are spectacular, then you turn around and you’re faced with a long, narrow fairway with trouble on both sides. The second shot is a long iron or more. It plays at least 15 yards longer than you think, and it’s into a wide but shallow green.”

Westchester Country Club, West Course
Rye • Hole 13 • 419 yards • Par 4

john kennedyJohn Kennedy: “I enjoy our 13th hole because it has both challenge and beauty. You have a forced carry—depending on which tee you’re playing—of from 160 to 190 yards, but the fescue on the side of the hill lends a touch of visual appeal. Then you’re approaching a green that’s elevated and slopes from back to front like all our greens. The green is also outlined against the sky. It’s a great combination of beauty and challenge.”

Anglebrook Golf Club
Lincolndale • Hole 16  • 484 yards • Par 5

rob davisRob Davis: “I think this hole has tremendous potential. It may not be perfect, but it is a challenge to both the average and the better player. Most players can reach the ‘go for it’ zone off the tee, but then they have to decide whether to challenge the bunkers around the green. If you go for it, your shot has to land soft, because the green slopes away from the fairway. The 16th also has the best views on the course. From the tee, you can see much of the course as well as the rolling hills into the distance.”

Glen Arbor Golf Club
Bedford • Hole 14 • 138 yards • Par 3

brian crowellBrian Crowell: “The aesthetics of this hole are fabulous. I love the water setting, the wild flowers all around—and the Swilcan Burn Bridge replica gives it a wonderful look. The hole also gives you a lot of risk-and-reward opportunity. Depending on the wind and the pin placement, it can be a really, really tough short hole. It’s rare to have to deal with water and sand all at once. I especially like the far left pin placement where, from the tee box, it looks like the pin is almost in the water.”

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