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

  • layout-6
  • condition-6
  • food-7
  • staff- 9
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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/

  • layout-5
  • condition-5
  • food-NA
  • 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/

  • layout-3
  • condition-3
  • food-NA
  • staff- 3

Brennan Golf Course

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.

  • layout-3
  • condition-4
  • food-6
  • staff- 6

Blue Fox Run

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

  • layout-7
  • condition-6(blue course brings it down)
  • food-7
  • staff- 9

Blackledge

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.

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  • condition-6
  • food-6
  • staff- 6

http://www.blackledgecc.com/

Birch Plain

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

  • layout-4
  • condition-4
  • food-NA
  • staff- 5

http://www.birchplaingolf.com/par3.html