Course Architect: Tom Fazio
Year Opened: 1996
Location: Croton On Hudson, New York
Slope: 145. Rating: 74.8
Par: 70
Yardage: 7,101
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 488 Yds    10 - Par 4 428 Yds
                      2 - Par 3 213 Yds    11 - Par 3 174 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 431 Yds    12 - Par 4 511 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 388 Yds    13 - Par 3 193 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 427 Yds    14 - Par 5 545 Yds
                      6 - Par 5 576 Yds    15 - Par 4 443 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 385 Yds    16 - Par 3 251 Yds
                      8 - Par 3 256 Yds    17 - Par 4 339 Yds
                      9 - Par 5 554 Yds    18 - Par 4 499 Yds
                      Par 36  3,718 Yds     Par 34  3,383 Yds

Awards Won: Ranked 90th by Golf Digest America's 100 Greatest (2013-14).

Key Events Held: METPGA Championship (2002),
                 MET GAP Match Play (2001),
                 Project A.L.S Celebrity Golf Classic (2001-2002).

HISTORY: The land that makes up Hudson National Golf Club was of great
strategic importance during the Revolutionary War. General George Washington
and his troops were afforded outstanding views of the Hudson River as the
British Fleet made its trek up the river from New York City. The area was
originally occupied by the Kitchawank Indians in 1609, as Henry Hudson first
sailed on his namesake river. The facility consists of 260 acres perched
above the Hudson, the second highest elevation in Westchester County. The
clubhouse, circa 1850, is a beautiful stone-walled manor house, renovated in
1998. Famed golf course architect Tom Fazio was commissioned to design a
masterpiece and the result was, as you'll read, amazing. The course also
features environmental areas on four holes and many rock walls and ruins
throughout the venue. The ruins are part of an old clubhouse from a previous
9-hole golf course built in the 1920s. Rumor has it that the clubhouse was
burned down during the stock market crash.

REVIEW: Most courses start you off with a relatively easy hole to get the
round going, not Hudson National. A gigantic par-4 of 486 yards, slightly
downhill, awaits the player right out of the box. A big tee shot is needed to
reach the crest of the fairway, leaving a long iron or fairway metal to a 44-
yard deep green that slopes back to front with a ridge in the middle of the
surface. Miss left and a large c-shaped bunker, positioned below the green,
will gobble most shots. The first of five outstanding par 3's, the second,
features a fairly small green that slopes right to left and back to front with
a bunker long and short. From the back tee, which is 50 yards behind the
white, the player's view of the right side of the green is slightly blocked
out by the hillside. Finally, a breather as you step to the third tee. A wide
fairway will narrow, depending upon which club is used off the tee. A solid
three-wood will leave a short approach to a downhill lima bean shaped green
that's guarded with four bunkers. The fourth is one of the shorter par fours
on the course, but plays uphill all the way to a long green, 42 yards deep.
Miss right and you'll have a deep bunker to contend with; miss left and an old
chimney from the previous clubhouse could leave you blocked out from the
green. The back box on the fifth shares the tee with part of the practice
range, which gives the player his first view of the Hudson River, which stands
behind the player. This dogleg right par four plays downhill off the tee, but
not on the second shot, as the lay of the land would suggest. The green is
long and narrow with sand right and grass swales left and short right. The
first par-five is a monster, 570 yards from the tips. This beauty gives the
player a feel for Georgia, with its stately trees left and right and a large
lake that's visually intimidating off the tee. After a successful tee shot,
the golfer is left with an uphill blind second shot to a hole that bends to
the left. A mid to long iron lay up will leave a wedge to a fairly easy green,
a definite birdie chance. Even if you make par or worse, your second glimpse
of the Hudson will ease your pain. Another chance for birdie, the seventh, is
an easy hole which features a large landing area. A solid tee shot will leave
a short iron to a small green with a trio of bunkers right and one left. It's
time to bear down, if you haven't already. The eighth is a par-three cut out
of the woods, reminiscent of South Carolina. A carry of 225 yards over
marshland is required, just to reach a landing area short of the green. The
putting surface has a hollow in the middle with a plateau front and back.
Making par here will be quite an accomplishment. The front nine concludes with
a dog-legging left par five of 551 yards. Don't let the yardage scare you,
this hole can be had with three solid shots.

Standing on the 10th tee once again gives another outstanding view of the
Hudson. Playing into the wind, this par-4 features a fairway that angles to
the left, leaving a small target to hit from an elevated tee box. Miss the
fairway left and a lateral marshland awaits, while right are two massive
bunker complexes. A mid iron is left to an uphill green guarded by a somewhat
unfair bunker, with a grass mound in the center, fronting the green. Hitting
the green will leave a birdie chance, as this surface is one of the flattest
on the course. The 11th is the shortest hole on the course, just 175 yards
from the back box. The green is hourglass in shape and is two-tiered and long,
making club selection a key. Short and left will leave the player in a
chipping area, making it difficult to get up and down, while right, a deep
bunker awaits. The 12th is called a swing hole at Hudson National, as it can
be played as a par five (500 yards) or a stern four par at 475 yards. The hole
bends strongly to the left with bunkers guarding the corner. Ranked as the
second-most difficult hole on the course, your second shot will be a long iron
or fairway metal to a small green, just 29 yards deep. The good news, if there
is some, is the putting surface is flat. The 13th requires proper club choice,
as a right to left wind can play havoc on this par three. Trouble here is
missing right, as the side of the green drops off dramatically, leaving a
possible blind chip back up the hill. The final par five is the 14th at just
534 yards. Don't be fooled, this is not a hole to be overlooked. After a
strong tee shot, the golfer has an option, should I stay or should I go. The
hole swings right and downhill with water guarding the right side from 100
yards in. The smart play would be to lay up with a mid iron, leaving a sand
wedge to a simple green to set up birdie. If you haven't been convinced by now
that Hudson National is something special, well the final four holes will
change your mind. The 15th tee boxes are carved into the side of a rock
formation. The hole plays into the wind, so a big drive is needed to carry the
220 yards required to reach the fairway. Your approach shot will be long and
uphill to a green that slopes from back to front. Don't miss long or right, as
getting up and down from the sand or the rough will be difficult. The
signature hole, as every hole at HNGC could be, is another gargantuan par
three at 249 yards downhill and into the wind. This hole features one of the
finest views on the course, with the Hudson River in its full glory as well as
the Tappan Zee Bridge in the distance. At first glance, the 17th looks like a
simple hole at 328 yards. But this par four plays uphill all the way with
bunkers guarding the left side of the fairway. The green is protected by three
sand traps with a stone wall behind and right. If the pin is placed up front,
then play to the center of the green, as the surface drops off and your
approach shot will roll back down the fairway. As you reach the 18th tee,
you'll need to take a deep breath, as I'm sure your caddie will, as the stroll
that you have taken has most definitely tired you out. Your not done, as the
final hole, just like number one which parallel's the 18th, is 481 yards long.
The good news, you get one more look at the Hudson; the bad news, you need a
big one. Although the fairway is wide, a big bomb from the elevated tee box is
needed just to leave yourself with a long iron or fairway metal to the green.
To make matters worse, your second shot is uphill and into the wind. And by
the way, the green slopes severely from back to front.

Oh my!!! This is one of those courses that no one outside of the state of New
York probably knows about, but soon will. Fazio carved a great track in the
hills of the Hudson River which could turn out to be one of his greatest
masterpieces. From top to bottom, from grass to sand, from clubhouse to
halfway house, this golf course is perfection at its best. No expense was
spared as the condition of this venue is second to none. The tee boxes alone
are better than most greens around the country. As with all Fazio designs, the
player is awarded many options, especially with the tee boxes, with as many as
six on some holes, and the generous landing areas. 6,900 yards and change, a
pushover, forget about it. This course has everything and more. Yes, Fazio
designed Black Diamond and World Woods in Florida, Wade Hampton in North
Carolina, Las Vegas' Shadow Creek, Caves Valley in Baltimore, the River Course
at Kiawah Island, Estancia in Scottsdale and Sand Ridge in Ohio, just to name
a few, but Hudson National Golf Club will soon take its place among the elite
golf clubs in the United States. Joining Hudson National might not be the
easiest thing to do. The price tag is intense at over $100,000 in initiation
dues, but so what, if you got it...spend it!