Gaynor Brennan aka Hubbard Heights aka Helmet Heights is located in Stamford and is one of two in that town. This is the lesser of the two and is real compact as land in Stamford is not cheap. The first tee puts the pressure on you as the tee box is just outside the starter’s shed and pretty much on the grill room’s deck. The nickname helmet heights is suiting as you will often have balls flying one or two fairways over. Wish I had more to say about this place but there really isn’t anything worth mentioning. The course is over priced if you’re a non resident. The layout is somewhat out of order and pace of play is slow here. Overall I give it a 4 and is a last resort last minute booking for Fairfield county
Tee times can be made by calling the pro shop or online.
Blue Fox Run is a 27 hole facility in Avon CT. There are 3 different 9 hole tracks that allows for 3 distinct 18 hole layouts. The blue and the white nines are much longer(combined 7025yds) while the red requires more accurate play and leaving your driver in your bag. The white nine is my favorite due to its fescue lined bunkers and lack of trees. Hole #3 on the white has a picturesque backdrop and is one of my favorite views from a non elevated tee box in the state. The Blue nine rests low in the Farmington Valley and is prone to flooding. When I played it some of the fairways were totally dead. #5 on the blue is a tough par 5 and I suggest laying up as there is water right and OB left. Hole 8 on the blue offers a great island green and makes you wish they could drain that side of the river better as it would make an excellent 18 holes paired with the white. The cart girl was a 9 and her blonde hair brightened the somewhat overcast day.
Tee times can be made on EZ links and on their site and they have frequent specials. I recommend making sure you play the white 9. Overall it gets a 6.5
Blackledge Country Club is a 36-hole public golf course nestled in the scenic Connecticut countryside. It offers two distinct 18-hole layouts: Anderson’s Glen, known as “The Old Course”, was designed by architect Geoffrey Cornish and opened in 1963. Gilead Highlands, known by many as “The New Course”, was designed by architect Mark Mungeam and opened in the Spring of 2000. The entrance way is a narrow road totally surrounded by water and the Glen’s 10th tee. The picturesque par 3 #13 is my favorite hole on the Glen, while the signature par 5 #12 is the best on the Gilead. The course logo is pretty cool and worth buying a ball or ball mark at least.
Tee times can be made on their site and they have coupons including food. They are also on GolfNow with hot deals. Overall I give it a 6.5 and suggest you play them both and spend the day there.
Birch Plain is a par 3 18 hole course in Groton. My par 3 reviews will be brief, somewhat fitting no? While every hole differs in length, the layouts are all similar with a greenside bunker or two on each of them. I enjoyed the 5 really short holes nestled back in the woods furthest from the clubhouse the best. The best thing offered here is the massive range which plays off of mats AND grass. I suggest stopping here on your way to Shennecossett to warm up at their range or tighten up your iron game.
Tee times are made by calling and they also have coupons on their site. Overall I give it a 4
With only 2 courses that begin with A, we are on to the Bs. Fist up is Banner Country Club, which is located in Moodus, which is located in the middle of nowhere with no highway near by. The clubhouse is upkept and clean, wish I could say that about the course. The front nine pretty much goes back and forth and is pretty boring. The back nine’s layout is better with tree lined fairways and some water. The par 3 #15 is the best hole there. The condition of the course is very poor. Some of the fairways had big patches of dirt that you couldn’t even find relief from. The course is managed by a real estate company that I feel is concentrating on the home sales and throws the golf in as a perk. The greens fees are very low so was not all that bummed leaving here. Overall it gets a 3 out of 10 and I don’t see myself playing there again.
Next up is Alling Memorial Golf Club, aka “muni” to the locals. Located minutes from downtown New Haven is a very good municipal course. It is the only 18 hole course between New Haven and New London(Shennecosset)….the shoreline is lacking public golf. The view from the pro shop walkway is very welcoming and is the best you’re going to get that day. Alling is a decent layout and can be challenging for the low handicapper. Hole #5 plays only 256yds and slightly downhill. I suggest going for it but staying left…. friend of mine, John Kim, aced it! My favorite holes are the closing 4 which lead you back home hungry. Being a muni and fairly priced the pace of play on weekends is slow so expect waiting. Overall the course is very average and a no brainer for New Haven residents or any shoreline residents of Branford,Madison, Guilford, Old Saybrook, etc.
First on the list is Airways Golf Course in West Suffield. As the name suggests its a long par 5 away from Bradley International airport. I didn’t expect much as the course only plays 5845yds from the back tees. They offer a weekday rate of $23 for 18 w/cart, which is hard to pass up. It is family owned and everyone there was friendly. The course was full of a lot of regulars who are there just to enjoy a day with their foursome. The fairways and roughs were not maintained well but the greens were decent. The course is pretty tight and you often see people playing from each other’s fairways. Hole 3 is the sharpest dog leg in the state and looks like it was done so just to cram in the par 3 7th. To book tee times you need to call or just walk on.
Overall the course gets a 4 out of 10 from me and is for beginner golfers or the leisurely golfer looking for a deal.
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