Hudson National Golf Course - Croton-On-Hudson, NY

When it opened in 1996, Hudson National jumped onto the scene and into plenty of top 100 lists.  Designed by Tom Fazio, the 260 acre site looks over the Hudson River and is the second highest elevation in all of Westchester County.  The design is not a natural one as 130,000 cubic yards of rack were blasted away to make room for a golf course that feels entirely natural.  One of my favorite aspects of the course was the remains of the old Hessian Hills clubhouse next to the 4th green.  The 9 hole course and clubhouse were lost to a fire in the 1930's.

That fire may have been extinguished long ago, but the flames of my burning golf game flashed brightly.  While glimpses of the golfer within would emerge from time to time, the bad shots were outweighing the good shots by a wide margin.  After taking 5 shots in the fairway bunker on #17, I would concede full victory to Hudson National.