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Live Music Friday night in the Pub!

‘Gades Open at Links at Union Vale

Join us for the Hudson Valley Renegades golf outing on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, for their golf outing ‘Gades Open at The Links at Union Vale(luvgolf.com).  Registration is 10:30 with brunch at 10:45 am.  Shot Gun start at noon.   There are fun and games, a GIANT raffle, 50/50, a sports memorabilia auction and much more!  Join us afterward in the Harp & Eagle Pub for a selection of craft beers, great food, and fun!

The Links at Union Vale (luvgolf.com) is an 18-hole Hudson Valley premier golf course conveniently located between NYC, Westchester, CT & the Hudson Valley. The Links at Union Vale was named One of the “Top 15 New York Courses to Play” for 2014 & 2015!   Make sure to check out The Links at Union Vale calendar for all upcoming events. Course and Pro Shop are open every day till dusk! Please click here to go to our Facebook for specials and any weather-related announcements.  Please call the Pro Shop Direct Line at 845-223-1000 to reserve a tee time.

The Hudson Valley Renegades are the 2017 New York Penn League Champions. The Renegades play at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, New York. The team was founded as the Erie Sailors and was originally affiliated with the Texas Rangers. They moved to the Hudson Valley in 1994 and became part of the Tampa Bay organization in 1996.  The Renegades have won three New York–Penn League championships, in 1999, 2012 and 2017.

Visit HV Renegades for the latest baseball schedule.

The Harp & Eagle Pub opens every day at 11 am during the summer season. Sit on the patio and enjoy the great view of the golf course and mountains.  Make sure to check out our Facebook page for specials. Facebook.com/harpandeaglepub

 

Register today for Hudson Valley Renegades Open at The Links at Union Vale

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Golfers Riding a New Wave at The Links

It’s a great weekend for golf at The Links at Union Vale (luvgolf.com). Weather is sunny and in the 70’s.  What could be any better?  How about a round of golf with a GolfBoard.  GolfBoard – named the ‘Best New Product for Golf’ at the 2014 PGA Merchandise show, has one of its first fleets in the Hudson Valley region at The Links. The most innovative invention for golf since the graphite shaft, the GolfBoard is now surfing the earth at The Links at Union Vale. GolfBoarding is safe, fun, and easy for everyone to learn. Your golf game will never be the same after you play a round on the GolfBoard.

The Links at Union Vale is an 18-hole championship golf course, that is forever changing the way golfers experience the game. GolfBoarding is safe, fun, and easy for everyone to learn. Your golf game will never be the same after you play a round on the GolfBoard.

Golfboard is available at The Links at Union Vale

Surf the earth on a Golfboard at The Links at Union Vale

Powered by an environmentally friendly lithium-ion battery, the GolfBoard is an easy-to-ride vehicle that adds a new level of fun and excitement for golfers of all ages, allowing golfers to ‘Surf the Earth’ in a way that feels similar to snowboarding, surfing, or skateboarding. It is as intuitive to operate as it is fun to ride. GolfBoarding’ changes the golfing experience, without changing the spirit and traditions of the game.

The GolfBoard is a cross between a skateboard and a cart and is built specifically for golf from the ground up. It is a four-wheel-drive, gear-driven, posi-traction golf transport vehicle. The user is always in full control of both the speed and direction. The integrated thumb throttle controls the speed, while the user controls the direction through body movement.

Due to the popularity of the GolfBoard, golfers should make sure to reserve one when they call for a tee time. For first-time user’s there is a 15-minute training required before using the GolfBoard.  So, what are you waiting for? Call today!

See our very own John Haines featured in the NY Post riding the GolfBoard:  Golfers riding a new wave — and we don’t mean golf carts

 

 

 

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JUNE SPECIAL

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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

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Like so many golfers playing this confounding game of ours each time I tee it up I am hoping to get better. We think that this time, this round, this shot is the moment we will find that perfectly grooved swing. This is finally the time we will get it.

Each season I hope that my game will measure up to my dreams and my play on the course would come close to those rounds I picture over and over in my mind.

Ah, but even the best laid plays of mice and men often go awry…and golfers too.

But this year I made a change. I pledged to myself that I would take action beyond hitting range buckets, reading tips in magazines and watching instructional videos. This was the year I would take a golf lesson.

Now, we’ve heard that phrase “go see your PGA pro” time after time but while I have thought about it for years I never acted on it. This year was going to be different.

I went about researching potential candidates that would help me on my journey to improve. Since I am a public course golfer and play at various courses I had no “home pro” to consider but many possibilities.

I had a few criteria which I considered critical. First the pro had to be someone willing to work on my swing and not try and get me to swing like Adam Scott or Tiger Woods. I am 62, a fourteen plus handicap, been hacking it around since my mid-twenties and there is no way this old dog could change ever hope to match that.

I also wanted a pro with some personality that didn’t take himself or me too seriously. I wanted this to be fun…productive fun, but fun. I never wanted it to feel like a chore.

And finally I wanted a good practice facility available for the lessons. I play at many courses with decent pros but the facilities are lacking in some instances. After checking out many possibilities I decided on Pat Sullivan, a PGA Professional and head pro atThe Links at Union Vale. The Links, as we call it is an upscale, semi-public course on a former farm in Dutchess County, New York and a great course with a nice practice facility.

It was Pat’s reputation as a solid teacher, genuine person and good practice facility that won me over and I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

Honestly, I was anxious about our first lesson as putting my ragged game and self-made swing on display isn’t tops on my golfer’s wish list. But after just a few swings Pat had me at ease and I knew immediately we were a good fit.

Now, I am not a neophyte when it comes to the golf swing. I have been a student of it for a long time and I have a wall full of books, old and new on all aspects of the swing. I have plenty of videos that I’ve watched and re-watched and of course, there’s YouTube and the Web, always full of swing tips and instruction.

So I showed up on that practice tee with a swing and grip that was decades in the making. I, like so many golfers think: I know what I should be doing and just need to do it. But it’s never that easy.

Since I started this game, the slice has been my downfall. And I mean the big slice. But over the years I have found ways to combat that banana ball. I have moved my feet, strengthened my grip, tried to swing inside to out, hit on the inside of the ball….etc, etc, all the things the books, videos, articles and Golf Channel talking heads have instructed us to do. But even on my best days, my slice would just be a fade. Left to right was my ball flight and some days it was more right than others.

So as I started to hit some balls in front of Pat and had explained my history to him and after just a few swings he made a change to my grip. I had always thought I had strengthened it correctly with my left had showing a few knuckles and my right matched up against it. But, ah-ha, this is where to eye of a professional pays off.

Pat pointed out that while I had moved my left hand over to a very strong position my right hand was still too much on top of the club. I hadn’t moved my right hand to a strong position. It was still weak and counteracting the strong left hand. And all this time, I thought I had made the correct changes.

After he had me rotate my right hand to the right (stronger) and actually weaken my already (too) strong left hand he asked me to focus on the “v’s” created by my two thumbs, to keep them parallel to each other and pointing towards my right shoulder.

Of course, any grip change is uncomfortable at first and difficult to adhere to but after a few swings my banana ball had morphed into something foreign to me: a draw. Yes, the ball was moving right to left.

A very subtle change, a movement of my right hand that maybe was less than half an inch had the ball traveling in an entire different direction.

And it took Pat barely five minutes to notice. I knew I had made a good choice right then.

My first lesson was a great success as I had made a positive change in ball striking, finally making better contact with the ball moving to the left rather than my weakly struck fades. Plus, Pat and I had hit it off as he is as big a golf junkie as I am.

He left me with some “homework” to do as now we have to reel that big left turning shot into something I can control and execute on command.

I couldn’t imagine my first lesson going any better and over the next few weeks I’ll be documenting my lessons (progress hopefully) as Pat and I move forward to try and improve my swing and game.

But after only one lesson, from a seasoned instructor I know I made the right choice by choosing Pat and investing my money in instruction rather than an overpriced driver.

You can teach an old dog new tricks.

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How to Plan a Last-Minute Wedding

Last minute weddings can be a wonderful spur-of-the-moment experience that changes your life –something romantic, spontaneous and a little adventurous. Naturally, things will be happening at the speed of light, and you might not have time to get that decoration you’ve always wanted or fly in your friend who lives in Europe, but with little preparation and sound judgment, you can have a wedding that’s the talk of the town! 

Of course, there’s nothing like the helping hand of a team who’s had their fair share of last-minute weddings to plan and prepare like the one at The Links at Union Vale. Here are a few tips on planning a wedding when you have limited time and a whirlwind of activity to keep things organized and under control. 

*Leave the finishing touches to the experts — Don’t stress over the little things. Brides love to be in control and sign off on every detail surrounding their big day, but it’s not the worst thing to relinquish control. If you surround yourself with a trusted team of helpers, they’ll be able to take a lot off your plate. As for a season-appropriate decoration, let the staff at the venue sprinkle blossoms or rose petals on the tables or simple snowflake decorations to add the wow factor. 

*Go digital — Save-the-dates are pretty romantic, but everyone is online these days. Cut to the chase and send your guests an email save the date. This will save days and even weeks in ordering save the date stationery, sending them and waiting for a reply from your guests. Facebook events and groups are also a great way of letting your guests know about your last minute wedding, and they will help you keep track of how many people will be attending. 

*Loosen the dress code — Your bridesmaids don’t have to have identical frocks to have your wedding seem elegant and refined. Give them a bit of creative freedom to choose their dresses in different shades of the same color. This may improve everyone’s experience as your friends know their figures, insecurities and how to accentuate their best features. This will also save money as you won’t have to budget in for bridesmaids dresses. 

*Getting married last minute is possible — A lot will depend on the destination in which you’re getting married, so check local requirements and make sure you’ll qualify in time. Do some research on local venues and remember that there’s a reason why The Links at Union Vale is a preferred location for couples who want to become Mr & Mrs just a little bit sooner!

 

 

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Brooklyn Feel in the Hudson Valley

 

A millennial wedding is even special on its own –and not just because it’s a wedding. There’s a certain type of energy when millennials attend and take part of a wedding. They are looking for and are bringing the cosmopolitan feel of the big city to the romantic scenery of the countryside. They are most excited about dressing up, dancing, and visiting a new place and the Hudson Valley is the perfect destination for those things.

 

Venues like The Links at Union Vale are finding that the tastes and expectations of the new generation looking to tie the knot are changing. Food, décor, and presentation are now the main points of focus. Guests are looking forward to what surprises, like what the food is going to be, and couples want something different and really good.

 

It’s all about having a dedicated team who puts care into the little things that will have guests Instagramming everything from your wedding cake to the decorations.  It’s interesting that the little details everyone likes on Instagram or Pinterest are things that guests aren’t paying attention to, but still, create the ambiance they so much enjoy.

 

In fact, one of the ceremony elements millennial guests value the most is the wedding location – the setting, the area, the arrangement. And The Links at Union Vale brings a Brooklyn feel in the Hudson Valley to introduce some charm at your special day. If you want your guests having the time of their life and snapping pictures left and right, our team can brand your wedding by creating something “unique and meaningful to the couple.”

Taking your wedding out of town to a location that combines the best of both worlds is one way to go above and beyond to make your wedding stand out from the crowd. And venues like The Links at Union Vale have the flexibility to disperse the dinner and ceremony between the serene outdoor grounds and the elegant room with glass windows. This can create the impression of having two venues for your wedding and double the fun and capacity.

 

There is an expectation for less formal celebration at weddings these days as couples and guests emphasized feeling comfortable and having fun. We’re totally on board with that! Many millennials who book us for their wedding interpret formal attire as flannel shirts with bow ties and bohemian-style sundresses. The Links at Union Vale provides the perfect backdrop to their Brooklyn-feel, Hudson-style wedding.