Sitting just north of New York City is a Tom Fazio gem. Hudson National opened in 1996 and quickly made a name for itself as one of the premier golf courses of the greater New York Metropolitan area. If you’ve played Hudson National before you might have played with a guy named Tank. Tank was our tour guide around Hudson, and we couldn’t had asked for a better guy to do it.
Pulling up the drive you quickly realize that you’re about to see something special. From the clubhouse, locker rooms, golf facilities, and all around amenities, Hudson National is above and beyond. Taking the trek over to the range you will fall in love. Hudson National is one, of only a handful of clubs, to have a full Trackman range. Augusta National and Dallas National are some of the others. So, no matter where you are on the range, just pull out your phone and log into Trackman, and your shots will be picked up. Not to mention the new state of the art indoor range facility that was just built as well.
Head over to one of the best and most plush short game practice ranges I have ever been on. Two greens and plenty of space to practice shots from short pitches to 120 yards full wedges. Not to mention everything is maintained and prepared just as nice as it is on the course.
You step on the first tee and you see the Fazio design you know so well. Fairway bunkers, thick plush rough, and tightly mowed fairways with a well-protected green in the distance. One of the things that impressed me the most was the skirts around the greens. The skirts were the tightest mowed areas I have ever seen that are not on a green. You could putt from 40 yards out and it would roll better than most greens I know.
Hudson National isn’t an extremely long golf course, just stretching over 7100 yards from the back tees, but the challenge comes with the elevation changes. There’s many holes throughout the course where it’s pick your poison off the tee. As the fairway ends, and tightens up, bunkers seemingly come closer into play. Picking the right club off the tee, and putting yourself the right position to attack the slick, undulating greens is what will help you beat the course.
I believe there are two types of architects out there. Ones who move dirt and shape courses, and others who are more natural and work with the terrain they are given. Fazio is mostly known for shaping his golf courses, and although he may catch some slack for it, I believe there is something to be said for being able to imagine golf holes and bring those holes to life. Although there are many elevation changes at Hudson, the course is shaped to meet the eye of Fazio. There are so many picturesque holes and so many great views created from the elevation. What really sets Hudson apart is the supreme condition of the course. The whole facility is maintained in such a fashion that they could hold a professional event the next day.
You could spend all day and night out playing Hudson if you could. It’s a true playground for golfers. Whether it be playing different tees or grinding away at one of the practice areas, it is an incredible golf facility and a special place to play.