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Getaway: The Links at Union Vale
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 05/2/2016

Getaway: The Links at Union Vale
The owners and managers at the classic The Links at Union Vale in Lagrangeville, N.Y., just a short drive from New Jersey, have worked each year and every year since their facility opened to make a great course even better for golfers of all abilities.

For instance the club added a fifth tee option on the course. The “Gold” tee option (5,740 yards) accommodates 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 all golfers.

In addition, holes 1, 2 and 14 were considered by some a bit too difficult for higher handicap players. So, the club removed forced carries on those holes, which improves their playability, and also created more options for the average golfer, while still maintaining challenge for more advanced golfers. 

The Links at Union Vale comes very close to replicating a true European “linksland” experience. The holes are open to the elements with ample bunkering (some of them pot bunkers), mounding, and fescue that grows tall during the summer. The design by New Jersey-based architects Stephen Kay and Doug Smith lets the shape of the land influence the shape of the holes. The course stretches from 5,198 yards to nearly 7,000 yards in length and offers a fun and unique challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Suburban Golf Magazine named the Links at Union Vale the Best New Public Course of the Year, Best of Northeast Golf Magazine named the course and club Best of Daily Fee Properties three years in a row, and has named the it to its list of Top 15 New York Courses to Play.

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.

The Links at Union Vale
Lagrangeville, N.Y.
845- 223-1002