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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How We Do It:

Someone says it every year because it’s true: It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it. Our panel of players and I visit as many courses as we can manage during the course of the golf season. This year, thanks to the generous hospitality of the members and staff of Westchester’s private clubs, we played 35 rounds in quest of the best long and short holes in the county. We also talked to the club pros and many members about the holes and the way they play them. Finally, after much back and forth and give and take, we select 18 holes to feature. It’s entirely subjective, but we take it seriously.

Our panel of players included Dan Berger, Rye Brook; Ned Branthover, Bronxville; Craig Burrows, Yonkers; Casey Egan, White Plains; Tim Finneran, Crestwood; Alan Kalter, Stamford; Mark Maznio, Somers; Joe Miressi, New Rochelle; Ken Nilsen, Mount Kisco; Thomas Ralph, Pelham; Bruce Schoenberg, Hastings; Robert Westenberg, Bedford; Ralph Wimbish, Mount Vernon; and John Zanzarella, Ossining. Westchester and Hudson Valley Magazine Publisher Ralph A. Martinelli joined us on many rounds and held his own, despite playing with a brand-new driver that was balky at times.




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