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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3. Sunningdale Country Club, Scarsdale
Hole 3 • 215 yards • Par 3
From the tee you see a wide, inviting green waiting for you across a picturesque dale where a line of apple trees leads down to a pond. But don’t be fooled by the benign setting — the third hole at Sunningdale will eat you alive if your tee shot is the slightest bit under-clubbed or under-hit.
This difficult par three plays even longer than it measures. The green lies higher than the tee, something you may not realize until you get on the green and look back. If your tee shot falls short of the green in the fairway, it will roll 40 yards in the wrong direction down the steep, closely-trimmed apron. Long is no prize, either, since you’ll be chipping out of deep rough onto a green that slopes steeply away from you. Depending on the pin position, the right front bunker isn’t the worst place to land if you miss the green.
Once you have the flat stick in your hand, you have to deal with a swale running through the middle of the green that divides the putting surface into two treacherous tiers.