Designed by course architect Dick Wilson, Garrison Golf Club’s 18-hole course covers the tree-lined hills, valleys, and ravines of the Hudson Highlands as golfers drink in sweeping views from 800 feet above the Hudson River. Without disturbing the native birds and wildlife, the course artfully integrates the natural terrain into a challenging layout, featuring multiple shots that must clear deep chasms and rolling fairways that create tricky hill lies and test golf carts’ vulnerability to motion sickness. Stone walls and mature oaks and hemlocks add to the stately scenery as players grapple with testy hazards, such as those encountered at the par three 17th hole, where tee shots must find a putting surface buttressed by sprawling trees, sand traps, and a stream.
An Audubon International–certified course, Garrison Golf Club’s environmentally friendly efforts include a 2-acre organic farm that sprouts heirloom tomatoes, nine kinds of lettuce, and other greens incorporated into dishes at Valley and Terrace Grill, the club’s onsite restaurants. Guests may also opt to wind down at World’s End Bar, a cozy spot ideal for sipping cocktails or interrogating fellow players about the veracity of their scorecards.
In 1927, The Sedgewood Club was established as a sanctuary where Manhattanites could escape from the rushing grind of the city. The club's spot between two large ponds?named China and Barrett?and amid 1,200 acres of protected woodlands provided a quiet respite for its visitors, who came to enjoy diversions such as golf, tennis, and enjoying time away from the city's hourly air-raid sirens.
Today, visitors cross into this enchanted expanse via a rustic wooden bridge. On the other side await a 9-hole golf course, red clay tennis courts, and a beach for sunbathing and swimming along China Pond. The club's timber boathouse rests beside the pond as well, where it hosts programs such as jazz performances and yoga.
Yorktown Golf & Baseball Center is best described by its sounds: the whiffing of clubs on the driving range, the steely rattling of baseballs on batting-cage walls, and the gentle burbling of the mini-golf course's waterfalls. Surrounded by verdant greenery, the 14-acre sports center offers outlets for competitive players and casual ball-whackers alike, beginning with an 18-hole mini-golf course replete with obstacles such as waterways and feral know-it-all golf pros. Within the four baseball and softball batting cages, pitches hurl toward batters at speeds ranging from 40 mph to 85 mph. Practice shots soar from the two-tiered driving range's 36 covered hitting stations, and players hone their short games on the putting greens and sand traps. In addition to providing ample practice opportunities, the center staffs a stable of knowledgeable golfers and batters to lead private and semiprivate lessons and curate a full pro shop.
Since 1959, a golf path dreamed up by architect William F. Mitchell has been acquainting players with the hilly terrain of the Lower Hudson Valley. Putnam County Golf Course started out as a private club, but became open to the public when the county bought it in 2004. Players can amble over bent grass greens and rye grass fairways kept to country club standards, but without having to golf in their tuxedos. Afterwards, retire to The Grille Room to fill up on wraps and sandwiches, burgers from the grill, or breakfast sandwiches served all day.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-71 course
Total length of 6,800 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 72.8 from the back tees
Course slope of 128 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole