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?
- condition-10 a little over rated but the shape it was in during the driest June on record deserves a 10
- food- 9
- staff- 10
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
- food- NA
- staff- NA