Best 18 Places to Play Golf in 2012 in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, 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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10. Bonnie Briar Country Club, Larchmont

Hole 7 • 309 yards • Par 4

Just as we began the front nine with the longest hole on our imaginary course, we start the back with one of the shortest, a surprisingly difficult par four. What makes it hard? Certainly not length, since it’s only 309 yards, practically a chip shot for some tour pros. But for them, as for us, it’s a shot that better be right.

This may be the shortest par four on our course, but don’t try to drive the green. It’s elevated — a lot — and surrounded by thick rough and some nasty bunkers. Watch where you play your conservative iron or hybrid off the tee, too. The landing area slopes right to left and feeds into a fairway bunker just where you don’t want it to — about 100 yards short of the green. Laying up to perfect wedge distance may not be as easy as it sounds.

Perhaps the most unnerving shot on the hole, though, is the one to the green. You can’t see the surface from the fairway below. In fact, you may not even see the flag. Unless you have a deep store of local knowledge, take a minute to walk up to the green and find your target. It may add a few minutes to the round, but the jaunt will probably save you a stroke or maybe even two.





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