Country Club of Woodbridge

Woodbridge is a recently turned public course in the Amity area right outside of New Haven. When the club initially went public the town hired MDM to run the course who of course did not provide any upkeep or make any enhancements. For the past  year, Billy Casper mgmt have operated the course but I have only seen minor improvements. To their defense, it takes twice as long to bring a course back then to let it get like it did so I have faith in Billy Casper golf as they have a great track record. They have already added some life their by creating lots of events including the great Sunday Football Scramble on game days. Hole 1 is always in the worst shape there so don’t get too discouraged..it will get better. That fairway just floods and so does the green when that pond overflows; the pond with the biggest frogs and turtles in CT.

 

Tee times can be made on their site http://www.countryclubofwoodbridge.com/ or on GolfNow

Overall it just gets a 6 now and check back in soon as I will update the condition when I play it soon.

  • layout- 7
  • condition-5
  • food- 7
  • staff- 8

 

 

 

 

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Willow Brook Golf Course

Willow Brook is an exceptionally well maintained pitch n putt in South Windsor. Not much to go through here as most holes are short little straight away 3s. The immaculate condition is surprising as par 3s are usually played by kids and “not serious” golfers who tend to not know etiquette as well. Goes to show you the respect the South Windsorians have and the pride the management has for  Willow Brook. No reason to take a cart here unless you need to and don’t worry the walk to the first tee is the longest all day.

 

I will def be back here and hope I will be lucky enough to join #BUCCI MANE and his son to walk 18 and talk puck.

Rates are very reasonable so call 860-648-2061 for tee times now.

Overall I give it a 8.5 and is the best par3 I ever played(yes i know there are a couple par 4s but its a par 3 course in my book)

  • layout-7(par 3)
  • condition-9
  • food-NA
  • staff- 9

Just won the Walter Lowell award for most distinguished Public Golf Course in CT and Western Ma

Tunxis Plantation Country Club

Tunxis is a 45 hole facility located  just west of Hartford where golf courses are a plenty. Not going to go through every hole as I played all 45 in a row and who knows what courses I played in what order. There are some really scenic holes here but I liked the holes by the big pond the most. With so many holes around you, bad shots won’t go OB but will often be blocked by the abundance of trees or in the drink. Wish I had more to say about this great facility but it was a long day in the sun here.

 

Tee times can be made on GolfNow or their website http://www.tunxisgolf.com/golf/tee-times.html

Overall I give it a strong 7 as it is maintained and ran well for such a huge place. There is a great range there and they can obv host tournaments.

  • layout- 7
  • condition-8
  • food- 5
  • staff- 9 starter was a great guy

Tradition at Wallingford

Tradition’s other CT course is in Wallingford and is the exact opposite of Oak Lane where as I love the back nine layout and not the front so much. The first 5 holes are jammed in and have power lines constantly in sight. To get to hole 6 you need to take your cart through the parking lot and across the street to a hole that sits very close to the highway. Hole 7 is a driveable par 4 with many bunkers and OB left and right so may not be the best hole to try to show off on. #9 looks tougher than it is….with an uphill blind second shot take one more club and keep it right. Hole 10 is another easily driveable hole but with bunkers and varying slopes near the green, once again its not that easy. I do not recommend walking this course as I did once especially cause of the long uphill walk to #11. After you par 11 you’re on to the famous island green. Although its in better shape than others, it still has too much goose poop on it and they need a ranger there to stop people from hitting 3 balls that leads to a guaranteed huge backup. Holes 13-16 are great(16 being my favorite)  except for the fact of the damn power lines again. #17 is yet another driveable par 4 but this one instead of being tough if short, is unplayable and will cost you a drop. After you drive over the “dragon coaster”(reference to Rye Playland) you finish up at a downhill 3 with a 2 tiered green.

 

Overall it gets  a  6 and tee times can be made on http://wallingfordtradition.com/

 

  • layout- 6- front nine has some bad holes
  • condition-6
  • food-9
  • staff- 8

 

University Club of CT

This club is now under new management and has changed names to the Windham Club. The University Club did not last long…it was the former Willimantic Country Club which was  been sold to a group headed by former University of Connecticut basketball star Donny Marshall in 09. The course last year was not maintained too well, crab grass and lack of signage. The pro shop is pretty much empty. Hopefully the new owners do as they say and modernize the grill and clubhouse and in doing so raise money to keep up with the course’s needs.

Tee times can be made by calling for now  860.456.1971

Overall it gets a 5.5 and regardless of the management won’t go up too much as the layout is very bland and short.

  • layout- 5.5
  • condition-5.5
  • food- NA
  • staff- 7

Twin Hills Country Club

Twin Hills is an average at best course located in the surrounding farm land near UCONN(its on Bread and Milk st). I won’t go through every hole here as there aren’t any that really standout. There are too many sharp turns out here.

 

Tee times can be made by calling  (860) 742-9705

Overall it gets only a 5 but is family ran so def worth playing if you live in the area and don;t take golf too too serious.

 

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