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The Links at Union Vale Keeps Getting Better
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 04/23/2015

The Links at Union Vale Keeps Getting Better
The owners and managers at the classic The Links at Union Vale in Union Vale, N.Y, just a short drive from western Connecticut and Massachusetts, have worked tirelessly to make a great course even better for golfers of all abilities.

The club has added a fifth tee option to the course. The “Gold” tee option (5,740 yards) will accommodate those golfers who find the forward tees (5,257 yards) too short and the “White” tees (6,216 yards) too long. By adding the Gold tee option the club believes there is now a tee ground for virtually any golfer.

In addition, holes 1, 2 and 14 were a tad difficult for higher handicap players. So, the club removed forced carries on those holes, which improves the playability of the course and created more options for the average golfer, while still maintaining the challenge for more advanced golfers. 

While a lot of courses like to tout the Scottish or Irish links feel of their routings and environment, the Links at Union Vale comes very close to replicating a true European linksland experience, without the Irish Sea nearby, of course. The holes are open to the elements with ample bunkering (some of them pot bunkers), mounding, and fescue that grows tall during the warm weather.

A number of New York City area golfers purchased the land and hired Stephen Kay, the renowned designer, and his partner, Doug Smith, to make The Links at Union Vale a reality. It opened in 2000 as a semi-private course, open to play by the public.

The 6,839 (tips), par-72 Links at Union Vale is certainly no pushover. It’s what one would call an inland links-style course. You have to hit your spots and if you get wayward you pay a price.

Amenities at the club include a pro shop, driving range, chipping/putting greens, practice bunker, and a bar/grill. The club has quite  reasonable greens fees and a number of membership levels, as well as a loyalty card that encourages repeat plays.
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