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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5. Hudson National Golf Club, Croton-on-Hudson

Hole 12 • 479 yards • Par 4

This is a tour-length, tour-tough par four. Your first clue about the hole’s difficulty should be that it plays as a par five from the white tees, which are just a few yards back. Truly long hitters — Bubba long — have the option of cutting the left dogleg from the tee, but a miss can be disastrous if it finds the hazard left or the bunkers right of the fairway. A more conservative play is to the center of the fairway right of the bunkers, which leaves a lengthy but manageable approach shot.

One caution: Avoid the bunkers short and left of the green at all costs. The green is slightly elevated and falls sharply toward the fairway on the right side. Like all the greens at Hudson National, it’s also huge, so double-check the distance to the hole location before you swing away.





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