Tour our course by hole number below.
The first is a tough starting hole that requires a good first shot of the day. The tee shot needs to be well struck and placed between the fairway bunkers to have a look at the green. The second shot plays a half club longer because of the false front. Approach shots past the pin face a treacherous downhill putt.
This picturesque dogleg left par five plays back to the clubhouse. The ideal tee shot hugs the tree line on the left and gives long hitters an option to go for the well-protected green in two. For most players this is a three shot hole, and the lay-up second shot should be kept between the fairway bunkers or short of the right bunker in the flat part of the fairway.
Golfers get a preview of the third hole from Brae Burn Drive on the way into the Club. The downhill par four bends sharply to the right. Placement of the tee shot depends on the player’s length. Average players should favor the left side which gives the best angle to the green. The approach shot is protected by a pond on the left and a bunker on the right.
This beautifully bunkered short par four requires precession off the tee, however, big hitters who let it rip may hit it near the green for a great birdie opportunity. Players can choose a variety of clubs to put the ball in the fairway and then play a short approach to a well-guarded elevated green but you must stay left near the bunkers to avoid being blocked out by the large oak tree on the right for your second shot. It may take an extra club to clear the many large bunkers that protect the two-tiered, wide but shallow green.
Many regard the fifth as Brae Burn’s signature hole. This beautiful par three requires a mid to short iron shot over water and can be played from a variety of tee boxes to a well-protected green surrounded by bunkers and water. Wind and pin position play an important role in club selection.
On this difficult hole the tight tee shot is critical. Golfers must avoid the trees and creek on the right and the water hazard to the left. Many may choose a 3 Wood or Hybrid off the tee. This dogleg right has a downhill tee shot and an uphill second shot to a two-tiered green that plays at least a half club longer. Golfers are happy to leave the sixth with a four!
This par four is the number one handicap hole on the golf course. The fairway offers some room off the tee, but there is out of bounds on the left and a creek on the right. The fairway slants slightly left to right and a good tee shot will leave the player with a fairway wood to mid-iron to an uphill green with a variety of challenging pin positions. It plays a club longer than the measured distance because of the upslope, and it is all carry to clear the false front.
Brae Burn's longest par three requires a golfer’s best shot of the day and intimidates even the strongest long iron players. The tee shot needs to carry the pond in front of the green and must avoid the water and the out of bonds on the left sides. The green is dramatically sloped from back to front. Players lucky enough to hit the severely sloping green will need two good puts for a par, a fine score here indeed!
The shortest of the par fives at Brae Burn requires the player to favor the left side to have an opportunity to go for this green in two. Other golfers have an option to hit a longer second shot down the hill, or set up a short third shot with a mid-range iron. The green is surrounded by well-positioned bunkers and numerous large trees that protect the right side. The ninth provides the best birdie opportunity at Brae Burn.
Both sides of the fairway on this uphill par four are guarded by a variety of trees. The fairway slopes left to right and offers the player a short to mid iron to a well-protected two-tiered green. Be careful of the deep bunkers to the right of this undulating green. Approach shots past the flagstick may face one of the fastest putts on the golf course.
This classic-looking, par three has an undulating green. Avoiding the bunkers yields a good opportunity for a par. Check the wind and the yardage then choose the right club to reach the green. Shots between the bunkers short of the green can offer an easy chip to the flag.
The slight dogleg left twelfth calls for a really good tee shot. It is critical to find the fairway between the bunkers on Brae Burn’s longest par four. The two-tiered green is protected by bunkers on both sides and has a run-up area to collect a well-hit second shot.
The thirteenth is a classic dogleg left par four that is a pleasure to play! Conservative players should play to the right side of the fairway staying clear of the three bunkers that protect the corner of the dogleg. Aggressive players can try and hit driver over the bunkers leaving them a wedge to an elevated green that has a wide variety of challenging pin positions.
This downhill par four has one of the most dramatic views on the golf course. A well struck tee ball will place you in the fairway set just in front of two small ponds that pinch toward the fairway. The second shot is a bit uphill, but does not necessarily play longer. This green has a spine in the middle and has the most pin positions of any green at Brae Burn. Because the green slopes from front to back, it presents challenging short pitches from the fairway.
A perennial member of Westchester’s Best 18, the fifteenth is regarded as one of the prettiest golf holes in the New York area. This great risk-reward downhill par five will entice long hitters to try to get home in two. For those taking a conservative approach, a well-played lay-up just left of the two fairway bunkers will give you the best angle into the green. The approach shot must avoid the water and bunkers on both sides of the green. With just one careless error, this birdie opportunity can turn into a big number.
The final par three is a tough one. The approach shot must carry all the way to the putting surface in order to avoid the severe slope in front of the green. Guarded by deep bunkers left and right golfers will want to take an extra half club to ensure reaching the green.
This demanding hole has been regarded as “one of the toughest par fours in Westchester.” The majestic hole plays uphill as the fairway slopes left to right and is protected on the left side by “Wilt,” one of Brae Burn’s tallest trees. The second shot will easily play an extra club to the elevated green surrounded by deep bunkers. This green complex features a false front and will penalize all underplayed golf shots. Any player will be happy with a par four here!
The Par 5, 18th is a great finishing hole as it can yield an easy birdie with three good shots to a front pin or quickly become a bogey or more trying to navigate the obstacles in the fairway to get to a back right pin location. The tee shot should favor the right side of the fairway so the second shot does not have to negotiate “Harry’s Tree.” Once clear of “Harry” there is a down slope from 100 yards in so on the second shot you must decide if the additional length is worth a downhill lie to a raised green. This well contoured green surrounded by numerous deep bunkers can make for an exciting finish.