Sunset Hill Golf Club

Sunset Hill is a short, somewhat hilly, nine hole course in Brookfield CT. The overall feel here is very laid back  and has many regulars. Hole #1 is long and with a tight chewed up fairway it plays very tough. If you include the elevation drop hole 3 is prob the shortest hole in the state. Not much more to talk about here…feel free to leave comments.

 

Tee times can only be made by calling  (203) 740-7800

 

Overall the course gets just a 4 and is for beginners only. I warmed up here before Candlewood but I wldnt recommend it as it may do more harm than good.

 

  • layout-4
  • condition-4
  • food-NA
  • staff- 8

 

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Stonybrook Golf Course

Stonybrook is a nice nine hole course located in Litchfield. If it weren’t on a steeeep hill it would be the best nine hole course in the state. The layout is pretty short but has a good mix of straight away holes, slight doglegs and water hazards. As far as condition goes, its excellent especially for a nine hole track where you usually get more beginners that may not know basics(replace divots/ball marks etc).  #5 is the toughest hole there as you need to have the perfect tee shot to leave you with a good angle into the super elevated green. My favorite hole there is #8. Its not all that long but the fairway and green are small and protected by water.

The course has the same owner as Fairview Farms so I suggest playing both and having a great day.

Rating 7.5

  • layout-7
  • condition-8.5
  • food-NA
  • staff- 8

Southington Country Club

Southington CC is a par 71 18 hole course located in the apple valley town of Plantsville. Playing at only 6000yds the course has a rating of only 67/122. The course itself is a perfect rectangle and as seen from google maps looks like it belongs on a NYC block. With that said, they make use of every square inch of land and turn what you would think to be a tight course into a pretty good layout. The front nine goes back and forth, up and downhill for the most part. The back has some twists and turns and some water in play.

Tee times can be made on their website  http://www.southingtoncountryclub.com/teetimes.html

Overall it gets a weak 7 and I recommend playing it in the middle of a hot streak as you can go low and maybe set a new personal record here.

  • layout-7
  • condition-6.5
  • food- 8
  • staff- 8

Sterling Farms Golf Course

Sterling Farms is the better Stamford course and with the limited number in Fairfield County its often packed. Packed means usually one thing- slow play. The tight layout and lack of many hills make it an easy walk. Hole 1 should send you out with confidence as it plays only 337yds downhill and is the easiest hole there. Next up is my favorite hole there. The 500 yd par 5 has an elevated tee box but the green is well protected which makes your long second shot tough. Holes 3 and 4 are both very short but on #4 you will need to play it smart as its a sharp dogleg left. #5 is a very long tough par 3. AT 221 yds hope to be long and right and just make par. The par 5 6th is a short par 5 on the scorecard but plays way longer especially your second shot. Not a fan of the dogleg right handicap 1 hole #7. After aiming left on the uphill par 3 next, you get to close out the front 9 with a short straight away par 4.

The hardest hole at Sterling is the 232 yd par 3 17. The tee box is pretty tight but luckily the tree front left of the green went down in one of the storms.  18 is a very nice plain finishing hole. You should close your round just like you finished it with a birdie!

This course was the sought after place at 5 pm on weekdays while at UBS. With that said it was dirt cheap for residents only. Now because of lack of play like everywhere, they offer frequent play discount cards to non residents.

Tee times can be made on their site or GolfNow. They have a very nice 2 tier driving range here as well.

http://www.sterlingfarmsgc.com/

Overall I give it a weak 7.

  • layout-6.5
  • condition-7
  • food- 8
  • staff- 7

Stanley Golf Course

Stanley is a 27 hole course located in New Britain. The course is a traditional, old New England layout with tree lined fairways, not much water, and not much length.

Holes 4 and 5 on the white nine are the toughest. They bend back and forth, raised greens and have plenty of water in between them. Hole 7 on the Blue 9 is my favorite.  A good drive should put you right in front of the mini river running across the fairway.

They have specials on their website  http://www.stanleygolf.com/

Overall it gets a weak 7 and has a nice range with some covered stalls to use if the weather is bad. Like always, if there are more than 18 play more than 18.

  • layout-7
  • condition-6
  • food- 8  great hot dog at the turn!!
  • staff- 8

Sleeping Giant Golf Course

Sleeping Giant is a small 9 holer located on Whitney ave, Hamden, not far from Quinnipiac. Its a shame that they dont add 9 more behind holes 4 and 5 as there is plenty of room. Speaking of holes 4 and 5, they are the two best there. They are secluded from the rest of the course and go back and forth, parallel with a creek running through it. 6,7, and 8 are short before coming home on a normal length hole.

http://www.sleepinggiantgc.com/   call for tee times  Phone (203) 281-9456

Overall it gets just a 5 but is good if you just wanna play a friendly nine and get a burrito and margarita after.

  • layout-5
  • condition-5
  • food- 9 if you count Aunt Chiladas
  • staff- NA

South Pine Creek

South Pine is a 9 hole par 3 in Fairfield, near the LI sound and the beautiful Fairfield Country Club. An ideal layout for juniors, seniors and new golfers but enjoyed by all. With this short 9 and a very nice 18 hole muni, the town of Fairfield has the best town courses in the state.

Tee times can be made at http://direct.activegolf.com/default.asp   and you can often walk on here. I suggest getting your child started at this course. Its fun for kids and very affordable(JR res is 7/8$)

Overall the course gets just a 5 as its a par 3 and its more for family fun than the serious golfer.

  • layout-5
  • condition-5
  • food- NA
  • staff- 9