Chanticlair Golf Course

Sounding like a French dessert is a nice mid length 9 hole course in Colchester. You start out with a long par 3 who’s tee box is resting on  the edge of a pond. The next 2 holes are short par 4s that bring you to their signature island green par 3 4th. This island green is in great shape which is hard to maintain due to moisture and goose poop ha.  My favorite hole is 6 which is  a slight dog leg left with water in front of the green and trees forming a wall behind it. The staff was great and overall it gets a 7 as one of the best nine hole courses in the state.

Sidenote- thier logo reminds me of Lil Jerry Seinfeld.

Tee times can be made on their site via an email and on golf18network

http://www.chanticlair.com/

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Cedar Ridge Golf Course

Cedar Ridge is an 18hole par 3 course located right off I-95 in East Lyme. The first tee box is also the same box for #10 so do not be alarmed if it is super crowded(happens again with 11 and 18).  You will only be using mid to high irons on the front but will need hybrids and woods on the back. Its a good course for beginners or if you are ever stuck in traffic on 95 and want to play a quick round. Overall it gets a 5.

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  • condition-5
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  • staff- 5

http://www.cedarridgegolf.com/

Candlewood Valley Country Club

Candlewood is a very flat 18 hole course located in New Milford CT.  Hole one will set the tone for the day with a reachable par 5 that will get your confidence up or make you want to start over. There is a river that winds through the course that makes for a water hazard of some sort on almost every hole. The course is not too long and not that difficult as long as you stay out of the water(easier said then done). I enjoyed holes #3 and #4,both par 3s, but wish they were not back to back.  I played with a local who said the format was changed recently(some holes on the front went to the back etc) which makes for eight par 4s and one par 3 on the back.  Power lines and a couple forced in doglegs take away from this very nice fairly priced course.

They offer specials on their site and are on EZlinks. Overall I give it a 6.5

http://candlewoodvalleygolf.com/

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  • condition-7
  • food-NA
  • staff- 7

Cedar Knob Golf Course

Cedar Knob, located in Somers CT, is a Geoff Cornish 18 hole course carved out of, who would have guessed,  tall cedars. The pro shop and grill room themselves are surrounded by cedars with needles lining the walkways which make you feel like you are in a state park. With many doglegs, its imperative that you bring your A game with your driver. The best hole is the 400yd par 4 18th that requires you to carry a large pond on your approach shot. Overall I give it a 6 and with its great rates would play it more if I lived closer.

Tee times can be made by calling the proshop.

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  • food-5
  • staff- 6

www.cedarknobgolfcourse.com/

Canaan Country Club

Canaan is one of three courses located in the very quiet Northwest corner of the state. This is the first line on their website and I can’t say it any better.  “The Canaan golf community features scenic, relaxing landscapes and unmatched values and service.” The staff loved my story and we talked for almost an hr before I teed off. I had to cut it short because I was playing all three 9 holers up there that day.  Hole one sends you straight out with a wide open short par 4. I liked hole 7 the best as it brings you back to the clubhouse with Canaan mountain in the background. Should be the closing hole but instead they have 8 and 9 jammed behind the clubhouse near an  old trail yard. I played Canaan with a very friendly talkative retiree, who wrote his initials PAR on his ball which is pretty funny, and who bought my lunch. Overall its a decent course to play if you are ever doing a B&B weekend up there and get the itch. It gets a solid 6.5 and is an above average 9 hole course.

http://www.canaancountryclub.com/          Tee time specials on their site

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  • food-7
  • staff- 9

Buena Vista Golf Course

Beuna Vista is located just minutes away from  trendy downtown West Hartford. This is another 9 hole course but has a hockey rink on the grounds so that makes it acceptable. It is a par 30 1800yd track but is relatively hilly so makes for a decent workout. The layout is confusing and  needs  more signs telling your where the next tee boxes are esp between holes 2 and 3 and  the long walk to hole #4.  After hole 7 there is a good chance you will skip 8 and play 9 in error(I did). Tee times are not required and they accept cash only.

Overall its a decent course to kill time or as a date spot before a lunch or early dinner in West Hartford. Another option, if you keep your clubs in your car, is to play 9 while your child does suicides for an hour in the rink. I give it a 5

http://www.golfrockledge.com/buena_vista/

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  • staff- 5

Brooklyn Country Club

No this course is not located in Bed-Stuy(home of Biggie Smalls) but rather its in the northeast corner of CT home to no rappers at all.  Brooklyn CC is a 9 hole course with a small driving range and even smaller pro shop.  The  course sees little play and is more of a “thing to do when you are bored” than a golf course.  I played it in an hr and only saw one other person out there, who was playing 2 or 3 balls. The fairways are just mowed down below avg lawns and the greens play like fairways so are super slow. I did like the par 4 9th hole as the tee box is elevated above a pond and surrounded by trees. Like I said before if you are ever around this area for some reason and want to kill time you can play it in an hour for $10 so why not.

Tee times can be made by calling the pro shop or using their website or on golf18network for as little as 10$ with a cart. Overall a 3

http://www.brooklyngolfcourse.com/

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  • staff- 3