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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11. Elmwood Country Club, White Plains

Hole 17 • 340 yards • Par 4

The 17th hole at Elmwood might not be a driveable par four, but it’s fun to try as long as you’re not afraid of a little sand and have a forecaddie to find your tee shot just in case. Your drive is blind, but if you stay to the left center, hit a solid 250, and have a lot of luck in your bag that day, the ball will catch a downhill chute that leads toward the green. If you really tag one, you’ll end up in a bunker that spreads completely across the front of the green and where an up-and-down par is entirely possible.

If you’re not lucky, you’ll have a steep downhill lie for your approach — maybe out of the rough — not something you want since your second shot then has to carry that bunker and stop immediately on the tiny green. The safer play is to take a 200-yard club off the tee to a flat area in the fairway, which will then leave you with an easy short iron or precise wedge to the pin.





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