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The front side is a good warm up for the more interesting back, although there are plenty of holes on the outward nine that hold your attention. Among them is the 187-yard par 3 seventh hole, which is all carry from an elevated tee to an elevated green protected by a serious bunker in front. You'll also enjoy the 430-yard par 4 ninth hole, where trees and fairway bunkers squeeze the landing area and the green has endless subtleties.
The incoming nine is one memorable hole after another. At 374 yards, the tenth is a short hole bisected by a dry streambed and featuring a testy elevated green. The eleventh, a 498-yard par 5, is reachable with a precise second shot but quite punitive (OB, bunkers, and deep rough) if you don't hit it perfectly. The twelfth hole plays 425 yards but the green sits far above the fairway at an oblique angle that makes it one of the hardest second shot holes you'll ever encounter.
The finishing three holes at Powelton are an exciting trio. The sixteenth, 171-yards, plays downhill but is fully exposed to the wind and is well protected by sand and water. The fairway on the seventeenth hole, a 413-yard par 4, is crossed by a creek that will devil the longer hitters in the group. The home hole is a tantalizing 304-yard almost drive-able par 4. It plays uphill, though, and you'll have to shape a masterful fade to get there.
The Powelton Club was established in 1882, making it one of the oldest in the Hudson Valley and certainly worthy of its place on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. It's a relaxed, congenial club where kids can learn the game while Mom and Dad are competing in a full slate of fun competitions.
Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf