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Local country clubs and open-play golf courses are scenic destinations for fine dining, weddings, and playing nine — or eighteen.

Nothing quite beats the fresh air and rolling hills of the Hudson Valley. The region’s natural beauty draws in hikers, skiers, fishing enthusiasts, and golfers.

Country clubs feature world-renowned golf courses with their own unique challenges. Many of these scenic destinations host weddings and concerts, taking full advantage of the gorgeous grounds. Plus, several public spots offer novice golfers a chance to experience their grounds for the day. Day rates won’t break the bank, and memberships present unique perks. True fanatics can even spend a night in luxury at several club houses and resorts. Tricky greens, massive par fives, and stunning water hazards await at the Hudson Valley’s most iconic golf courses.

Columbia County

Copake Country Club

Craryville, 518.325.0019
Fully public, memberships available

For first-time golfers and near-pros alike, Copake Country Club is a must-visit golf course in the Hudson Valley. This public-access gem celebrates 100 years of play in 2021. The expansive course runs along the shores of the shimmering Copake Lake and at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Famed architect Devereux Emmet engineered the strategic holes, tricky greens, and dramatic elevation changes found at Copake Country Club.

Low-handicap players will struggle on a few holes, while casual players will enjoy a particularly memorable and scenic round. Expertly designed par fives provide the right level of difficulty for any level of golfer. The course features 18 holes and crowned greens. Look out for steep false fronts and canted play. The Greens at Copake Country Club serves delectable farm-to-table meals as well. Expect fresh fare like oysters on the half shell, crispy duck confit, and house-made vegetarian fettuccine. Seasonal events and festivals regularly draw guests to the Columbia County grounds. Daily players can go 18 holes for $30 during weekdays, and $25 on weekends (only after 2 p.m.).

Columbia Golf and Country Club

Claverack, 518.851.9195
Members only, guests

Another historic destination, Columbia Golf and Country Club keeps a tradition alive since 1919. The country club takes players through a well-groomed parkland golf course. Tree-lined fairways, sloping greens, and breathtaking views of the Catskills mark this Claverack site. Columbia proudly maintains its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by Audubon International, preserving native Hudson Valley wildlife. Columbia grants golfers 18 holes and 6,231 yard stretches of pure majesty.

One of the region’s premier private clubs, Columbia offers both single and family memberships. For those considering a membership, members can bring guests along for a test round. Plus, newcomers can brush up on their fundamentals with a lesson from Evan Silkworth, PGA. Rates run $100 per hour for nonmembers, with plenty of lesson packages available. An impressive practice facility features bunkers, practice greens, and areas to sharpen pitching skills.

Dutchess County

 

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Casperkill Golf Club

Poughkeepsie, 845.463.0900
Members only

Test accuracy on fairways and master testy greens, all while taking in the rolling countryside of the Hudson River Highlands. The Casperkill Golf Club, built in 1944, is a Poughkeepsie golf course that offers an award-winning experience from classic designer and architect Robert Trent Jones. Casperkill has so much to discover, between the soothing Casperkill Creek, the shimmering ponds, and massive oak trees. Elevated tees showcase the incredible scenery of Dutchess County, while beautiful water traps captivate golfers seeking a challenge and deep sand traps create chipping specialists.

Practice courses with target greens and a spacious driving range prepare visitors for the challenge ahead. Casperkill’s grill fuels outings with wraps, sandwiches, and more. Request a membership using the online form, and join the community.

McCann Memorial Golf Couse

Poughkeepsie, 845.471.3917
Fully public, season passes available

Few fans of the sport in Dutchess County have not played at McCann Memorial Golf Course, the fan-favorite winner of several Best of Hudson Valley Readers’ Picks Awards. The William F. Mitchell-designed golf course hosted its first players in 1972, and was redesigned in 2001 for optimized play. The Poughkeepsie destination creates an invigorating challenge for golfers of all abilities. Long, curving fairways, unforgiving greens, and ample pitching scenarios make this course worth regular visits. Rates for 18 holes start at $28, the discounted rate for Poughkeepsie residents.

McCann’s sister course, College Hill, may be the better option for complete beginners. Expect fun par threes and a laid-back atmosphere. Many of the players here are novices. Back at McCann, the onsite restaurant, Christos Catering, hosts weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other major events.

The Links at Union Vale

Lagrangeville, 845.223.1002
Fully public, memberships available

Hudson Valleyites up to the challenge can tackle The Links at Union Vale, a sprawling 18-hole experience. This course, designed by Stephen Kay and Doug Smith, follows the shape of the land. Swells, troughs, moguls, and other natural obstacles enhance the difficulty of this championship public golf course. Focus on course management and tactical play for the most success. Five sets of tees allow for a wide range of players to compete in Lagrangeville. Younger golfers work on fundamentals with weekly golf lessons from The Links Junior Academy, a PGA member and certified kids coach. Plus, after scoring under par, celebrate with a fresh pint of Guinness at The Harp and Eagle Pub (which has an insane Irish breakfast, too). Tee times start at $36 for 18 holes, with prices varying by time of day.

Trump National Golf Club

Hopewell Junction, 845.223.1600
Members only, special events

There are so many membership options at Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley. A social membership enables families to use the world-class facilities—which include luxurious indoor and outdoor dining spaces, a massive pool complex, the clubhouse, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, to name a few—without partaking in frequent rounds of golf. For the avid golfers out there, get started with a junior membership (age 27-34).

The par 72, 18-hole championship course is one of the most stunning destinations in Dutchess County. 300 pristine acres sit wedged between the breathtaking Stormville Mountains. Plus, the all-grass practice range features six target greens, a putting and chipping green, and more ways to hone your game.

Quaker Hill Country Club

Pawling, 845.855.1040
Members only

Fans of historic places in the Hudson Valley need to play around at this Pawling destination. World-famous writer, broadcaster, and traveler Lowell Thomas picked the hilltop spot in the late 1930s. He enlisted the help of Robert Trent Jones to design a golf course and imbue it with ambitious challenges. The nine-hole course is one of the most praised experiences in the nation. Undulating greens, difficult fairway lines, and other characteristics put any golfer’s sensibilities to the test. Two full sets of tee boxes allow for an 18-hole round without any exact repetition.

Quaker Hill’s fireplace contains wonders from around the world. A piece of limestone dating back to Sargon II’s palace in 700 BC, a tile from the English settlement of Jamestown, and a stone from the Peary Monument in Greenland all found their way to the clubhouse. Speaking of the clubhouse, the repurposed 1800s barn welcomes players and history fanatics alike. Information on signing up for memberships is available on the website.

Silo Ridge Field Club

Amenia, 845.679.3224
Private

Tom Fazio designed this world-class course elevated above the lush landscapes for which Amenia is well-known. Silo Ridge sets up glorious comfort station at holes 3 and 12, complete with delicious snacks and ice-cold beer. For golfers seeking a scenic destination to wow them with views, these grounds exceed expectations. The Taconic Mountains surround 18 holes of picture-perfect terrain and dramatic vistas. Onsite dining features farm-to-table cuisine and fresh produce from a hydroponic greenhouse and budding orchards. Silo Ridge’s membership can be even more than lifelong—tiny neighborhoods and majestic houses line the course.

Greene County

 

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Rip Van Winkle Country Club

Palenville, 518.678.9779
Fully public, memberships available

Though this Palenville golf course bears the name of the Hudson Valley legend, Rip Van Winkle, no one is snoozing at this country club. The Rip’s nine engaging holes provide the perfect level of difficulty for players of any skill, while granting them an unforgettable day in the Catskills. Legend Donald Ross designed 3,000 yards of spectacular play. During the week, walking golfers can play nine holes for $15 and 18 holes for $20 (double with a cart).

Diners may flock to the nearby towns of Hunter, Saugerties, and Woodstock for top-rated cuisine and craft beverages, but The Rip has its own foodie destination onsite. Enjoy satisfying pub grub like spicy Thai calamari, mac and cheese bites, or the 8 oz filet mignon.

 

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Windham Country Club

Windham, 1.800.754.9463
Fully public, memberships available

Turn any golf outing into a complete getaway at Windham Country Club. A prominent destination for skiers, snowboarders, and lovers of all winter activities, Windham Mountain tantalizes golfers with unique views and crisp, fresh air. “Stay and Play” packages lump together 18 holes at the country club golf course with a weekend at the cozy Winwood Inn. Daily tee times start at $30 on weekdays and $40 on the weekends. Memberships include appealing perks like pool access and transferable vouchers, so even more folks can enjoy the majestic landscape at Windham.

After playing a round, spend some time relaxing at the iconic Mulligan’s Pub. The restaurant charms visitors with unparalleled outdoor seating overlooking the golf course and delectable comfort food. Clean, green salads, fried appetizers, and a variety of burgers — made from a blend of brisket, short rib, and chuck — comprise the clubside eatery’s menu.

Orange County

 

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Golf Club at Mansion Ridge

Monroe, 845.782.27888
Fully public, memberships available

This breathtaking 220-acre estate boasts landmarks older than the nation itself. The Club at Mansion Ridge just finished enhancing the course, the stately stone clubhouse, and entire experience. Weddings, tournaments, and other special events regularly utilize the rolling hills and picturesque scenery in Monroe. Breathe in the mountain air while playing through one of the few golf courses with vibrant Catskill Mountain views.

 

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Powelton Club

Newburgh, 845.561.4481
Private

Newburgh houses a tried-and-true relic of Hudson Valley golf courses. The Powelton Club dates back to 1882, when it opened its doors as an upscale tennis club after a hotel burned down. After an initial course was launched, the world-famous Devereaux Emmet designed a new 18-hole golf course in the 1920s. Ever since, the distinctive scenery of historic Balmville have captivated players of all abilities. Fairways run parallel to the Hudson River with a spectacular view towards the Hudson Highlands. A total of 6,193 yards of challenging play makes Powelton an exciting destination for fans of the game. Year-round dining keep members happy and well-fed.

Lynx at River Bend Golf Club

Port Jervis, 845.858.4653
Semi-private, memberships available

One of the oldest golf courses in the country, Lynx was designed and built by A.W. Tillinghast in 1915. River Bend Golf Club highlights the mighty Shawangunk Mountains, and was members-only for nearly a century. However, this Port Jervis 18-holer eventually opened its doors for non-member play. An especially demanding three-hole stretch known as “The Cat’s Claw” provides a special opportunity for golfers. Get through this portion with a scratch score and win a free prize at the pub.

Stony Ford Golf Course

Hamptonburgh, 845.457.4949
Fully public, memberships available

Located in the beautiful Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Stony Ford offers a breezy lineup of 18 holes. This Orange County spot opened its doors in 1969 and features a delicious restaurant, driving range, and putting greens. Back tees exceed 6,500 yards. Its sister course, Hickory Hill, boasts bucolic mountainside views.

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West Hills Country Club

Middletown, 845.341.1899
Private

Of all the golf courses in the Hudson Valley, West Hills features some of the most lavish amenities. This members-only country club pampers its guests with a relaxing inground swimming pool, summer lounge areas, and the upscale Centennial Grille. Virtual training facilities keep players in peak form. Formerly the Orange County Golf Club, West Hills was reborn under the leadership of Bonura Hospitality (the team behind Shadows on the Hudson.) To clarify, this Middletown institution has over 120 years of history. Choose either the full 18-hole championship course or the fan-favorite “River Course,” which offers nine fast and fun par threes.

West Point Golf Course

West Point, 845.938.2435
Fully public, memberships available

The mountainside layout of the West Point Golf Course presents a truly one-of-a-kind challenge. Just north of the Bear Mountain Bridge, the demanding par 72 golf course was designed by Robert Trent Moses. It also serves as the home course for Army Golf, the official D1 team for United States Military Academy at West Point. Civilian tee times start at $50 during the week, and the dynamic landscape provides a variety of play styles. Ditch the cart and walk this course, walking through American history at the same time. Each hole pays homage to a different conflict, firstly, beginning with the revolution, and lastly, ending with Iraq and Afghanistan. After that, try to select a celebratory brew from over 50 beers, and snack on burgers and chicken sandwiches.

Putnam County

 

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The Garrison

Garrison, 845.424.3604
Fully public, memberships available

The Garrison, located in the beautiful Hudson Highlands near West Point, offers stunning vistas of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains and an extensive 18-hole, 300-acre course. The rolling hills and varied terrain make for a fun challenge and test even the most skilled golf aficionados in the area. There’s even a golf pro in residence to offer lessons. The property also has an inn for overnight stays, along with Valley Restaurant, where visitors can grab a sophisticated bite to eat and enjoy the scenery on the balcony patio. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival moves its home next-door in 2022, adding to the list of reasons to check out one of the Hudson Valley’s most engaging golf courses. Plus, lovebirds can tie the night in front of a knockout view.

 

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The Highlands

Garrison, 845.424.3254
Fully public, memberships available

Just across the river from the marvelous golf courses of West Point sits The Highlands. These elevated grounds overlook the Hudson Highlands, a beautiful natural wonder. This Garrison destination is perfect for walkers and beginners; the par 68 course presents an opportunity for less-experienced players to hone their game. Of course, seasoned veterans can find their own challenges in Putnam County. Call the pro shop to reserve tee times for public play, starting at $22 for nine holes (and $30 for 18). At the country club (first constructed in 1898), visitors can cool off in the inground pool. In 1777, the property was part of the Mandeville farm and the Revolutionary headquarters for General Israel Putnam.

 

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Mahopac Golf and Beach Club

Mahopac, 845.628.9335
Private

Where are the beachfront golf courses? The Mahopac Golf and Beach Club lays claim to white, sandy beaches, and Lake Mahopac’s north shore lines the par-70 course. Tree-lined fairways, challenging bunkers, and speedy greens test even the most talented golfers. Four separate tees accommodate players of every skill level. Low-handicappers will find the well-guarded greens especially challenging. No matter how demanding a round may be here, the frustration is nothing that some time on the private beach can’t fix. Members soak in the sun and fine-tune their game with an elaborate practice facility full of chipping greens, grass practice ranges, and a massive bunker area.

Ulster County

Apple Greens

Highland, 845.883.5500
Fully public, memberships available

If you’re looking for a golfing experience with a view, look no further than Apple Greens. The former apple orchard turned 27-hole championship course features breathtaking mountainside vistas. Nestled near the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains, this family-owned golf course offers fun experiences for players of all ages. Apple Greens makes the experience feel professional with greens and tees all built to USGA specifications and offers a country club experience without the cost. Also located on the property is The Restaurant at Apple Greens, which serves classic American fare and a full bar. Sip classic cocktails while watching golfers tee off from the 10th hole, the golf course’s signature hole.

Historic Hudson Valley Golf Course at Mohonk

New Paltz, 855.883.3798
Fully public, memberships available

While visiting one of the Catskills’ most iconic landmarks, be sure to spend some time out on the greens. The nine-hole stretch at the historic Mohonk Mountain House is one of the oldest golf courses in New York, offering the same enriching history as the rest of the area. Day visitors are always welcome to this golf course, but this resort offers a complimentary round with no rental fees on the greens to overnight guests. Celebrate a game well played by visiting one of the eateries at the Mountain House for lunch or dinner with a spectacular view of the Catskills and Lake Mohonk.

 

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Inness

Accord, 845.377.0030
Fully public, memberships available

Inness is one of Hudson Valley’s newest golf courses garnering praise from the area’s biggest golf fanatics. The intimate country refuge and members club — a partnership between restaurateur and architect Taavo Somer, designers Post Company (formerly Studio Tack), and development team CBSK Ironstate and Lee Pollock — has everything from breathtaking scenic views and nine pro-level holes to local farm-to-table food. This Ulster County golf course even has swimming. The golf course includes a double green and a triple green with 12,000 sq ft practice putting surface. Designed by renowned architects King-Collins, the course was created with sustainability and eco-friendly principles in mind. The course at Inness strives to create a fun and laid-back environment for all players. Accord welcomes golfers of all levels to try out a round at the acclaimed course, followed by a stay at the luxurious resort. 

 

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Wiltwyck

Kingston, 845.331.0700
Fully public, memberships available

This championship golf course is now fully open to the public for the first time since its inception in 1933. Previously only open to members, it offers a challenging yet fun experience for all. Wiltwyck is a family-owned tradition with tons of history to discover in every corner of the manicured course. The propertylike many top-tier golf courses in the Hudson Valleywas designed by famed golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Enjoy luxurious amenities like creative dining and a myriad of other outdoor sports. Featuring nine dynamic holes, this charming club is a staple for Hudson Valley golfers. After a game, dine indoors or on the outdoor patio and sample a variety of light lunch fare like sandwiches, wraps, and burgers, or pasta and chicken entrees for a relaxing dinner.


Related: Preview Sweetens’ Back Nine, the 9-Hole Golf Course at Inness in Accord

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