Opened a little over a year ago, Hudson Hills Golf Course (designed by the renowned architect Mark Mungeam) in New Castle, N.Y. is drawing visitors from miles around.
The county-owned course, managed by Billy Casper Golf, offers a superb routing. The holes here vary--from, open or "links style" to woodland and parkland.
There are a number of great holes at Hudson Hills, which measures almost 7,000 yards from the tips with three other sets of tees. Water comes into play on a number of holes, and there are some forced carries, although nothing so severe as to cause mid-handicappers pause.
Number four, a 456-yard par four, starts from a severely elevated tee box and winds down to a sloping green well guarded by bunkers. Number six, a 155-yard par-three, is pretty short hole. And the 564-yard seventh is a great par five that demands a strong tee shot down a hill and a determined second shot over wetlands to a rather small landing area.
Better have eaten your Wheaties if you are playing the tips when the back nine comes around. Four par fours play over 400 yards and three, the 13th, 17th and 18th, are over 450 yards in length.
An example of the delightful quirkiness here is the 458-yard par-four 17th. The approach must be played to a dramatically elevated green hidden from sight from the fairway. The 18th, at 453 yards, is a strong finishing hole.
Prices are very reasonable for out-of-towners, especially given the quality of the layout. Hudson Hills is a short drive to a very memorable round.
www.hudsonhillsgolf.com. Please call 914-864-300.