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The Links at Union Vale, LaGrangeville, NY

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The Links at Union Vale, LaGrangeville, NY
Photograph of The Links at Union Vale, LaGrangeville, NY

The Links at Union Vale, LaGrangeville, NY

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The Links at Union Vale, LaGrangeville, NY, is a public-access golf course, designed by Stephen Kay, and located less than 90 minutes north of New York City in southern Dutchess County. They say that it's a "remarkable links-style course reminiscent of the famous links courses of Ireland and Scotland." Ok, I'll go along with that, at least in principle. There is certainly a heavy Irish flavor about the layout, and that, you may be sure, was intentional. The golf course has its roots set deep among the Irish golf community of New York City. Tired of waiting for tee times in the city, they set out to "build-their-own" golf course: The Links at Union Vale is the result.

Kay certainly did create a dunes-style course - you only have to look at the photograph above to see that. The 18-hole course plays some 6,840 yards from the back tees for a par of 72; the course rating is 72.6 and the slope is 128. The layout includes some remarkable and cleverly placed features and hazards: lakes, creeks, wetland areas, a multitude of potbunkers and natural hazards all complemented by bent and fescue grasses. It's a fairly open course with sweeping views of the lush Hudson Valley, deceptively generous landing areas, greens heavily guarded by deep and intimidating bunkers. Gotta be a good choice for native New Yorkers and visitors alike.

A true championship golf course, The Links at Union Vale opened to the public in 2000, and was rated the Best New Public Golf Course of the Year by Suburban Golf Magazine. It was also selected twice by the USGA to host the US Amateur sectional qualifier.

Green Fees: 18 holes - the daily rate is $31 - $65 depending upon the day and time, the weekend rate is $41 - $92. Rates include cart Tee times may be made in advance - call the number listed below.

Contact:

The Links at Union Vale, 153 North Parliman Road, LaGrangeville, NY 12540; Tel: 845-223-1002 (Clubhouse); Golf Tee Times: 845-223-1000 ; Fax: 845.223-7713

Where to Stay:

New York Golf Trail - Participating Hotels

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How to Get There:

By Air:

The closest major airport to LaGrangeville, NY is the Stewart International airport (SWF/KSWF) a mere 20 miles from the city center. This airport has domestic flights from Newburgh, New York

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By Car:

From:
New York City: 79 miles, about 1 1/4 hours
Montreal: 305 Miles, about 6 hours
Syracuse, NY: 230 miles, about 3 1/2 hours

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