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A Golfer's Guide to the Hudson Valley

The game of golf may have started in Scotland, but the Hudson Valley spawned the first golf club in America.

The history of golf courses in the United States is rich indeed, but the oldest surviving golf club in America was established right here in the Hudson Valley by Scotsman John Reid, known as “the father of American golf.”

In February 1888, Reid and several of his friends took an armful of clubs, some golf balls and hearts full of eagerness to a pasture in Yonkers. There, in front of a gallery of bemused cows, they knocked the balls around a three-hole course. Before long, the St. Andrew’s Golf Club was born, now the oldest continuously existing golf club in the United States.

A visit to St Andrew’s is like a walk through golf history. Members now play on a superb Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, laid out on the same rolling Westchester County land to which the club moved in 1897. The course is 6,670 yards long, and is located near the quaint river town of Hastings-on-Hudson.

With panoramic river views and magnificent scenery, the Hudson Valley hosts some of the best places to golf in the country. You will find courses set on rolling hills near quaint villages that contain the historic homes of famous artists, writers, businessmen and political leaders. Throughout the region, golfer and non-golfer alike will find plenty of places to explore, comfortable lodgings and excellent restaurants.

Public golf courses in the Hudson Valley include the West Point Golf Course, located in the Hudson Highlands on the grounds of the US Military Academy. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the West Point course offers an 18-hole, Par 71 course with practice green, lessons, pro shop and snack bar.

Few courses in the country are favored with a setting as lovely as the Garrison Golf Club, across the river from West Point. The fairways are located high on a ridge overlooking the river, with the smoky blue Catskill Mountains on the horizon. The course was designed by Dick Wilson and the layout feels like a part of the landscape, following the natural terrain of the Hudson Highlands.

The Town of Wallkill Golf Course provides a New England-style course designed between lagoons and around rolling terrain, meandering through heavily wooded areas lined with hemlock, oak and shagbark hickory. In Harrison, the Saxon Woods Golf Course is known by players as the county's second most challenging course, with rolling, wooded landscape giving this sporting course tremendous character.

Patriot Hills Golf Club in Stony Point suggests that golfers “come follow the course where history is made,” a reference to the nearby site where Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne and his patriot troops were captured in 1779. The Par 71 course offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Palisades.

North at Amenia in bucolic Columbia County, the challenging Silo Ridge Country Club has been drawing a lot of day golfers to a championship 18-hole course, originally designed by Albert Zikorus. And in LaGrangeville, many golfers will enjoy the high grass, natural brush and gorse, plus the wind that blows across the wide, sweeping fairways out on The Links at Union Vale.

The Capital District region offers the Evergreen Country Club in Castleton. With Bull Run Mountain as a backdrop, Evergreen offers the challenge of a wonderful figure eight pattern layout.

Public golf courses in the Hudson Valley are so varied, it’s hard to go wrong. Whichever you choose, you can count on a challenging game in a setting that is both scenic and invigorating.

Capital District
Club/Course Holes Par Fees Carts Pro Misc.
Blackhead Mountain Lodge & Country Club
Greene County - Round Top
18 72 $$ x x  
Brunswick Greens Golf Course
Rensselaer County - Troy
9 29 $ x   Executive course
Burden Lake Country Club
Rensselaer County - Nassau
18 71 $$ x x More than average difficulty

Capital Hills at Albany
Albany County - Albany

18 71 $$ x x Audubon sanctuary
Christman's Windham House
Greene County - Windham
18 70 $$ x x Roland Stafford Golf School

Colonial Acres Golf Course
Albany County - Glenmont

9 29 $      
Copake Country Club
Columbia County - Craryville
18 72 $$ x   Restaurant, bar
Dutchhaven Golf Course
Renssealer County - Buskirk
9 35 $ x   Family oriented
Evergreen Country Club
Renssealer County - Castleton
36 72 ? x x Semi-Private
Frear Park Municipal Golf Course
Renssealer County - Troy
18 71 $ x    
French Hollow Fairways
Albany County - Guilderland Center
9 37 $$ x    
Hiawatha Trails Executive Course
Albany County - Guilderland
18 57 $ x   Snack bar
Meadowgreens Golf Course
Columbia County - Ghent
9 36 $$ x    

Mill Road Acres Golf Course
Albany County - Latham

18 58 $ x x Club rentals
Pheasant Hollow Golf Course
Renssealer County - Castleton
9 37 $$   x Senior & Junior specials
Rainbow Golf Club
Greene County - Greenville
18 71 $$ x x USGA championship course
Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course
Greene County - Greenville
18 66 $ x    
Sycamore Country Club
Albany County - Ravena
18 71 $$ x    
Thunderhart Golf Course
Greene County - Freehold
18 74 $$ x    

Undermountain Golf Course
Columbia County - Copake

9   $ x   weekend, holiday & senior rates.
Weatern Turnpike Golf Course
Albany County - Guilderland
27 72,36 $$ x x  
Windham Country Club
Greene County - Windham
18 71 $$$ x x Senior specials
Winding Brook Country Club
Columbia County - Valatie
18 72 $$ x x  
Middle Hudson Valley
Club/Course Holes Par Fees Carts Pro Misc.
Apple Greens
Ulster County - Highland
18 71 $$$ x x Plays through orchard
Beekman Country Club
Dutchess County - Hopewell Junction
3 nines 36, 36 & 35 ?      
Branton Woods
Dutchess County - Hopewell Junction
18   $$$ X x Restaurant, pro shop, locker rooms

Casperkill Country Club
Dutchess County - Poughkeepsie

18 72 $$$ x x Robert Trent Jones design
Catskill Golf Club
Greene County - Catskill
18 72 ? X x  
College Hill Golf Course
Dutchess County - Poughkeepsie
9 34 $ x x  
Colonial Country Club
Greene County - Tannersville
9 70 $$ x x  
Dinsmore Golf Course
Dutchess County - Staatsburg
18 70 $$ x   Iron Wood Grille
Dogwood Knolls Golf Course
Dutchess County - Hopewell Junction
18 70 $ x   Pro shop, restaurant
Dutchess Golf & Country Club
Dutchess County - Poughkeepsie
           
Green Acres Golf Course
Ulster County - Kingston
9 36 $ x    
Harlem Valley Golf Club
Dutchess County - Wingdale
9 70 $$ x    
Hudson Valley Resort & Spa
Ulster County - Kerhonkson
18 70 $$$ X x Complimentary range balls
James Baird State Park Golf Course
Dutchess County - Pleasant Valley
18 71 $$ x x RT Jones design
McCann Memorial Golf Course
Dutchess County - Poughkeepsie
18 72 $$ x x  
Mohonk Golf Course
Ulster County - New Paltz
9 35 $$ x   Membership or hotel stay required
Nevele Grande Resort & Country Club
Ulster County - Ellenville
27 35, 35 & 35 $$$ X x Two Tom Fazio redesigned 9 hole courses, one RT Jones designed 9 hole course
New Paltz Golf Course
Ulster County - New Paltz
9 36 $$ x x  
Red Hook Golf Club
Dutchess County - Red Hook
18 72 $$ x x  
Rip Van Winkle Country Club
Greene County - Palenville
9 72 $$ x   Donald Ross designed course
Rondout Country Club
Ulster County - Accord
18 72 $$$ X x  
Shawangunk Country Club
Ulster County - Ellenville
9 68, 72 ladies $ x x Membership required
Silo Ridge Country Club
Dutchess County - Amenia
18 72 $$$ x   gourmet restaurant
Stone Dock Public Golf Course
Ulster County - High Falls
9 72 $$ x x Membership required, restaurant, snack bar
Thomas Carvel Country Club
Dutchess County - Pine Plains
18 73 $$$ X x difficult
Vassar Golf Course
Dutchess County - Poughkeepsie
9 34 $ x    
Walker Valley Golf Club
Ulster County - Walker Valley
9 32 $      
Wiltwyck Country Club
Ulster County - Kingston
18 72 $$ x x Membership required,
Robert Trent Jones design
Lower Hudson Valley
Club/Course Holes Par Fees Carts Pro Misc.
Centennial Golf Club
Putnam County - Carmel
3 nines 36, 36 & 36 $$$ X x  
Central Valley Golf Club
Orange County - Central Valley
18 70 $$$ x x  
Dutcher Golf Course
Dutchess County - Pawling
9 plays 18 34/9 68/18 $ x    
The Garrison
Putnam County - Garrison
18 72 $$$ X x Proper attire required
Green Ridge Golf Club
Orange County - Johnson
18 71 $$ x   membership required
Hickory Hill Golf Course
Orange County - Warwick
18 72 $$ x x  
Highlands Country Club
Putnam County - Garrison
9 34 $$ x x Senior specials
Mill Creek Golf Club
Ulster County - Marlboro
9 36 $$ x    
Scenic Farms Golf Course
Orange County - Pine Island
9 29 $   x complimentary warm-up bucket
Town of Wallkill Golf Club
Orange County - Middletown
18 72 $$$ x x  
Vail's Grove Golf Course
Putnam County - Brewster
9 65 $$ x    
West Point Golf Course
Orange County - West Point Military Academy
18 70 $$ x x Driving Range
Winding Hills Golf Club
Orange County - Montgomery
18

57

$$ x   Restaurant, catering, lessons
Blue Hill Golf Course
Rockland County - Pearl River
27 72 $$$   x  
Doral Arrowwood
Westchester County - Rye Brook
9 70 $$$ X   Open to public Mon-Thurs
Dunwoodie Golf Course
Westchester County - Yonkers
18 70 $$$ x x  
Lake Isle Park
Westchester County - Eastchester
18 70 $$$ x x  
Maple Moor Golf Course
Westchester County - White Plains
18 71 $$$ x x  
Mohansic Golf Course
Westchester County - Yorktown Heights
18 70 $$$ x    
Pehquenakonck Country Club
Westchester County - North Salem
9 66 $$ x   Open to public 10am - 1pm Monday, weekends & holidays
Philip J. Rotella Memorial Golf Course
Rockland County - Thiells
18 72 $$$ x x 5 par 3, 6 par4 & 5 par 5
Rockland Lake State Park Golf Course, Championship
Rockland County - Congers
18 72 ? x x  

Rockland Lake State Park Golf Course, Executive
Rockland County - Congers

18 54 ? x x  
Saxon Woods Golf Course
Westchester County - Scarsdale
18 71 $$$ x x  

Shallow Creek Golf Course
Westchester County - Shrub Oak

9 27 $      
Spook Rock Golf Course
Rockland County - Ramapo
18 72 $$$ x x  
Sprain Lake Golf Course
Westchester County - Yonkers
18 70 $$$ x x Restaurant, bar
X - Cart Rental Included In Fee
All The Golfing Resources On File
Upper Hudson Valley - Middle Hudson Valley - Lower Hudson Valley
Some photographs courtesy of Garrison Golf Club.
 
 
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