Quarry View Golf Course

Quarry View…. is all you get here. The course is a nine hole rinky dink course in East Canaan CT.  Some of the holes have you hitting off of a mat. The view of the limestone quarry on the 8th tee box is the best thing about the course.

Tee times can be made by calling them.  http://www.quarryviewgolf.com/index.html

The day I played there was no one there at all, not even in the pro shop. Sign said drop money in the mailbox…which I did.

Course gets a 3 and is for beginners only.

  • layout-3
  • condition-3
  • food- NA
  • staff- NA
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Quarry Ridge Golf Course

Quarry Ridge is the final course in Portland and the best one there. The first couple holes are classic woodland holes with amazing views. When you get to hole 7 you will see why its called Quarry Ridge. From here on you will start to see these magnificent rock formations(sometimes getting in your way and other times helping keep your ball in the fairway). The best view can be seen when you tee off on #10. From it’s elevated tee box you can clearly see the CT river. Holes 12 and 13 are my favorites here. #12 is a long tough par 4 and the 1 handicap. It has a large rock wall running the length of the hole on the left which ultimately leads to the rock cliffs on the short #13.

Tee times can be made on their site or on GolfNow

Overall it gets a solid 7 and they have a hole by hole walk through on their site.

https://www.quarryridge.com/

  • layout-8
  • condition-7
  • food- 7
  • staff- 8

Pequot Golf Club

Pequot is located right along side I-95 in Stonington. The course itself is somewhat short and pretty beat up especially holes 4-8.  I enjoyed the back nine alot more especially the 10th hole which contains the only water on the course. After the tight #11 you get a nice short secluded par 3 with a large green. #13 may be the sharpest dog leg I ever played. The woods on the left make an exact 90 degree turn and is the reason its a par 5. #16 is a tight winding hole with a creek through the middle that plays long.  The final hole here is probably my favorite. Its a wide open short 5 that you should par or better.

Tee times can be made on their site of GolfNow

http://www.pequotgolf.com/

Overall Pequot gets a 5.5 and there is a tiny wedge only range there

  • layout-5
  • condition-5
  • food- 6
  • staff- 8

Portland Golf Course

Portland, as you would have guessed, is located in Portland, sandwiched in between Quarry Ridge and Portland West. The 18 hole course is very short but the many elevation changes and bends make it somewhat challenging. If you can draw and fade your ball you can really score here as the greens are huge and “getable”. With the lack of water on the course and no need to be hitting driver often most players should finish with the ball they started with.

There is a hole by hole shot by shot guide on their site.

http://www.portlandgolfcourse.com/

Tee times can be made on GolfNow

Overall it gets a 6.5 and I suggest playing Portland West right before.

  • layout-6
  • condition-7
  • food- 7
  • staff- 7

Oxford Greens Golf Club

Oxford Greens is definitely in the top 10 list of public courses in CT.  Probably should be in the top 5 but not on my list because it beats me up every time I play it. This  Mark Mungeam design is a very long and very challenging course. If you miss the fairways with your driver you may often be hitting 3, as balls run down the sloped run offs into the woods easily. Hole #3 is the longest hole in CT measuring 630yds and is mostly all uphill. Winding through the scenic woods, open meadows, and housing community, no holes run parallel.

I will not go hole by hole as they have that on their website.  http://www.oxfordgreens.com/category/thecourse/

There is a nice range as well as a great bar on site so I would plan on spending most of your day there since its kind of off the beaten path. One drawback is not being able to hit the bar/grill at the turn.

Tee times can be made on their site or on GolfNow

Overall it gets an 9 and can be a great place for a scramble format tournament.

  • layout-9
  • condition-9
  • food- 8
  • staff- 9

Pomperaug Golf Club

This course has more water than fairway. Pomperaug is a nine hole course in Southbury that has  water in play on every single hole. With the period of heavy rain this summer much of the course got flooded and therefore lost luster and  lots of grass.  Most of the holes are pretty easy; short with large greens. The exception is hole 7 which is the toughest here as it arcs hard to the right over a big pond. You need to pick your target point not too far right where you won’t clear the water but not too far left where you will hit through the fairway.

There is a nice little semi outdoor grill area that is a nice place to enjoy a post round meal at.

Call (203) 264-8200 for tee times.

Overall it gets just a 6 and should be paired with another 9 or 18 near by. I would suggest maybe Crestbrook

  • layout-5
  • condition-5
  • food- 8
  • staff- 8

Pine Valley Golf Course

Not THAT Pine Valley…I wish. This one is located in Southington and is far from it. Measuring  only 6300yds, Pine Valley has two distinct nines. The front nine is very hilly, while the back is more wide open with water hazards.The course has a similar feel to Hawks Landing; probably cause of its close proximity.  I think the first couple holes are very simple yet nice; tree lined fairways, couple bunkers and decent sized greens. I would layup on hole 6 as you can’t reach the green so why bring the water into play? Hole 9 carries a 2 handicap and has a very wide skinny green that requires you to club up or down 2 depending on where your tee shot landed. The back nine starts off with a fairly long par 3 but it’s huge green is tough to miss. Hole 11 runs parallel with the street which is obviously OB so best bet is to layup with a long iron or 3 wood. Next up is a very tough stretch of 3 holes.  First up is # 12 which is a long dog leg left that feels pretty narrow at times. #13 is the hardest hole here as its measures 442 is a dogleg right with a stream at the bend. The second shot will be longer than you think. Speaking of second shots, the second shot on 14 needs to be dead on as the green is narrow, there is water short, a hazard long, and OB right. 15 has the largest bunker I have ever seen. Looks more like a sandy waste area found in Arizona.

Pine Valley gets a 7.5 on a good day.

Call (860) 628-0879  for tee times

  • layout-7
  • condition-7
  • food- 7
  • staff- 8