Not a bad course if you're in the area, but I think it's overpriced. Some quirky little holes, and overall not a bad track. I think everyone in my group had higher expectations.
The pace of play also dragged. At least two groups deep at each of the par 3s on the front and then on the 10th. Saw a couple Rangers out, so not really sure what they were up to. 2:45 is way too long to play the front 9. If I wanted a 5 hour round for $70 I would go to Bethpage.
Get there early on the weekends to avoid lines...like 6am early!
I love this place, absolute favorite but Putnam National has improved soooo much I see some home county golf in my future!
Great course. Play here often. You can get a 5 play coupon book for $250 which makes it extremely affordable. Contrary to another reviewer I find most fairways reasonably wide with plenty of landing area. It does have plenty of distance challenges off the tee. If you are short you are in severe rough or water. The par 5 16th is a great challenge. Club house is great, and the food is just ok but reasonably priced.
The Links at Union Vale is a Scottish Style Links Course that is truly a challenge to any golfers game. There's really no need to even bring your driver unless you just plan on firing balls into the vegetation that is all over the course.
The layout is made for point to point golf with lots of forced carries and small landing areas to hit. You need to be strong with your irons to have any chance of scoring well. The course is also on a fairly exposed hilltop so the winds will play havoc with your shots. I found my 3 hybrid to be the longest useful club in my bag as I was able keep the ball low under the wind that would've grabbed shots from my driver or fairway wood.
The course was too expensive for my tastes even though I had a very good time playing there. If not for the cost it would probably be a 4 star star course instead of 3. In my opinion it is not worth playing more than occasionally.