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The history of The Links at Union Vale golf course starts with golf in the New York City area. When Irish golfers there tired of the long wait for tee times, they decided to build their own course in nearby Dutchess County.
About 500 golfers from the Irish Golf Association - and 16 other golf societies in the New York area - formed a corporation, and traveled north to find their course. They looked at several properties before finding 200 acres of cattle farmland that presented the opportunity for the kind of course they wanted -- links style, with lots of grassland. The golfers purchased the land and hired Stephen Kay, the renowned New York designer, and his partner, Doug Smith, to build the course. It opened in 2000 as a semi-private course, open to play by the public.
Though the Irish golfers may no longer be the most frequent players, they have left their legacy at Union Vale. "The result is 18 holes of Ireland in Dutchess County," a reviewer wrote -- an Irish links layout faithfully recreated just north of New York City.