This is a family run course located in Middlefield and they take pride in it. The course is constantly improving and always in great shape. The clubhouse was recently updated and so was the practice green and driving range. There are many hills and blind shots here including your second shot on the par 5 5th. If I could make one change here I would make hole 6’s dogleg less sharp especially since the left is just woods and can easily be widened. #9 is my favorite hole there as it is a downhill wide open short par 4 with a large green and sends you home happy every time.
Tee times can be made by calling 860-349-8109 and are on EZLinks
Give it a 7.5 and is perfect if you only have time for 9. If other local courses are packed check in here and use their full length range and chipping/bunker practice area.
Hunter is a very scenic course located in Meriden. It is a classic hilly parkland style course with tree lined fairways and some ponds down in the valley where the pro shop sits. The first hole is an uphill dog leg and its my least favorite there so its nice to get it out of the way. From then on you are brought through medium sized fairways and bunker protected greens. There is a nice Italian restaurant there and which would be perfect if you plan on hosting a golf outing.
Tee times can be made by calling (203) 634-3366
http://huntergolfclub.com/ Has a hole by hole graphic section
Overall I give Hunter an 7.5
Laurel View, located in Hamden, is a decent course with some very good holes and with a little effort can be a great course. Hole 1 is very short so you can go for it or if you feel rusty can use a fairway wood and still be left with a mid iron shot in. Next up is a pretty short par 3 with a large green so you should be even through 2 at worst. The large lake on #3 requires you to lay up but then be left with a long approach shot to the green. Holes 4 and 5 are pars 5 and 4 and go back and forth and are pretty much the same distance so par bogey is not that bad here. Hole 6 is a quirky hole which does not require a driver and hole 7 is a long uphill par 3 that does. My favorite hole is probably the 8th. It requires an accurate drive, has a open flat landing zone for your second shot, then a shallow green. I hate the 9th but like how it shares it’s green with the par 3 #7 that you just bogeyed.
The back starts off with a short but tough dogleg that you DEF should not use anything more than an iron on. Next up is a very hard par 5(hardest hole here). The fairway slants right the hole way and everything runs off of it into big trouble(almost OB). #12 is a picturesque par 3 over a lake. After a short easy par 4 you arrive at another great hole here at Laurel View. If you smash your drive the ball can catch the downhill slope and leave you with a get there in 2 shot. 15 and 16 are both tough; 15 plays up hill and long while 16 plays downhill but is narrow and curves hard left. 17 is a traditionally par 3 and 18 has a tree that needs to be knocked down.
Some cheap tee times on Golf Now. The course needs a heavy make over and then would be an 8
While the Koreans dominate on the course, the Hispanics/Latin Americans dominate anywhere they go. My top 4 are all from Spain or South America(Sorry Paula and Natalie you guys tie for 5th)
Here is my favorite on the LPGA .Veronica Felibert
I took this pic while watching her on the range on Pro-am day at the Shop Rite shootout in Atlantic City. It was my first LPGA event and I didn’t know that I would be the only fan there haha. My one piece of advice would be lose the visor, its too big and hides your gorgeous face.
pic from the web
The Hotchkiss course is located in the Northwest part of the state at the foothills of the Berkshires. This beautiful nine holer sits on top of a hill and circles right around and through the campus. The school is in a very small quiet town called Lakeville(the lake being Wononskopomuc….good luck saying that). Upon arriving at the course the driveway takes you right by their new synthetic turf football field(2009). This is the only course I have played on a school campus and its was pretty cool that the football field was so close to the course itself. Being that the holes are not on top of eachother and spread out through the campus, there is a map on the back of the scorecard which was very helpful. Although hole #5 provides the best view(see below), I do not have one favorite hole here. I love holes 2-6 as I can only imagine during school days how many students are not paying attention to their professors but rather seeing if you stick the green or go up and down.
Check out the view from hole 5. My favorite part of this course is if you are lazy,I played 27 already that day, you can take a cart and they are all drop tops!!!! Nothing better than riding and still getting tan.
If your son or daughter likes hockey and golf and is looking at prep schools this is a no brainer.
Overall a solid 8 and if they had all nine holes on the school side somehow without crossing a main road, this course would make my top 10. LOVE this place and can’t wait to go back.
About 3 to 4 years ago I heard rumors that this course was being renovated but I thought to myself, I’ve heard that plenty of times before. It’s very expensive to upgrade a course due to the sheer size and the time and effort it takes to grow in grasses etc. Usually a course throws in a new bunker or two, moves a tee box and you can barely notice. When I first heard about Keney, I said to myself, there is no way of saving this course but boy was I wrong. My first friend to play it was Mike aka GMR. He is a member at a private club known for the best greens in the area and when he came back and told me Keney’s greens may be the best in the state, I was shocked. So thanks to COVID19 I finally got some free time, got back into golf, and drove up to Hartford to see for myself. I hit a small bucket at the range there which isn’t the best in the world but its grass which is key and gets the job done. Hole 1 tee box is pretty much on the patio so good thing its a non driver hole. Slap a 5 iron out there, look good for the onlookers and get on your way. Holes 1 thru 4 are very easy and hole 5 favors my fade! Then after the downhill par 3 6 the course gets a little tougher. 7 and 8 go back and forth and are pretty similar and of decent length. I found myself pin high in the “church pews” on 8. With the 7th tee box being so close, the foursome there let me hit first and I hit my best shot of the day, holeing out from the bunker! Hole 9 brings you home after seeing your 8th false front on 9 greens. The back 9 has 2 par 5s but also longer tougher 3s so plays about the same. Some of the fairways still need some cosmetic work especially 15 and 16 but they are fine in the frequently visited areas. I was not a fan of the closing par 3 18 but now that I think of it, it would be fun during a tight match walking up to the green not knowing who’s ball is closer on the hidden punch bowl green. I am not going to give it the most improved course award cause that to me always meant you got better but you still aren’t good. Instead I am putting it in my top 5, which coming from dead last speaks for itself. I will be playing here very often, meeting up with my old friend TC and my old new friend Manoli!!!
Overall it now gets a 9 which is a little high but they deserve it and its walk-able and I played well! Wheres my fox though?
a MDM ran course(see Goodwin review for more details)
The greens are all crab grass. Dirt patches in the fairways and the list goes on and on
A rabid fox followed me hole by hole
If you are really new to golf do not go here and get the wrong impression of the game
tee times on golfnow and at http://www.keneyparkgolf.com/tee-times.html
gets a 1 and is the worst course in the state
Highland Greens is a nine hole par 3 course that is lighted, yes lighted, so you can play at night. Its the only night golf facility in CT. There is not much to say about the course as the holes are all relatively the same. Playing under the lights sounds cooler than it is. At address your club face’s shadow blocks out the ball and makes it a “blind” shot. It is also tough to find your ball when you miss a shot. It is definitely worth trying once or as a pregame for a guys night out……beers on this course just feel normal.
Interesting tidbit- The property was once owned and farmed by Revolutionary War Captain Ambrose Hine Jr. Captain Hine served with General Washington’s Continental Army in the Battle of Long Island. Later, he served defending the Hudson River.His handiwork can be seen in many stonewalls located on the property. His home, where he raised his 9 children, is the red house located across the driveway from the 3rd tee.
http://www.highlandgreens.com/ Call to make tee times or just walk on (203)758-4022
Overall a weak 6 just cause it has lights.
Hop Brook is a slightly below average nine hole course in Naugatuck. The course had some real rough spots on the first couple holes but that was not the case for holes 6-9. These holes however were really tight and “winedy” . Overall not much to talk about here and you get what you pay for.