An unheralded but utterly charming old club north of Westchester County, Mahopac members golf on a very attractive and undulating property set partly against Lake Mahopac. The closing holes on the front nine and vast majority of the back occupy boldly rolling ground and boast a bunch of really fun, strong challenges for all manner of player. The sidehill then uphill 9th is particularly memorable, along with long par threes at the 6th, 12th and 14th, which are well bunkered and demanding of different shapes and different shots.
Although short, the course at Mahopac is no pushover thanks to a number of nervy approach shots into aggressively leaning greens. The bunkering is also a feature, the traps deep and fringed by fescue grasses in the faces and around the edges.
The club has done a power of good work in recent years, clearing trees and restoring fairway and green dimensions. More could certainly be done, but as it stands this is one of the rare hidden gems in this golf-rich part of the NorthEast.