As golf season is ending, I was told by many to start a blog to share my reviews of ALL 106 public golf courses in CT. I know I should have started this from day one and blogged each course daily, but since I didn’t want to start in the middle I decided to wait till I was done with all of them. So I played all 106 courses this year in 150 days(yes 150). I set this goal as I was laid off right in time for golf season(somewhat planned). I played roughly 6 days a week and played usually 27 a day at 2 diff courses. On my days “off” I traveled and played out of state in MA or NJ or NY with my idol, my father, or friends Tony Cordeiro and John Porzio. On Thursdays I would “have a day” with Brian Sotire, and do lunch or dinner at the course or a place on CT’s tvfoodmaps.com. Since this was a full time job, I often played by myself so as you would imagine I met some really great people along the way. I enjoyed hearing their stories and as golfers always do, we asked each other “have you played……”. Golfers are always looking for new courses to try and often want to hear a peer review before booking their tee time. I always shared my story and this goal and more often then not was replied with a chuckle and a “thats amazing”. One day I joined a threesome and one of the men in the group chuckled, but instead of being amazed mentioned that he has played all 106 before. He did this over many years so was still amazed by what I was doing and still keeps in touch with me. I will be posting my reviews daily going from A-Z. Check in before booking your tee times as I will also mention if they are on a golf discount site(Golfnow,EZ,play18) or have deals on their own site. If I ate at the course I will mention the food and if the cart girl caught my eye I will surely note that too. As I mentioned before, the golf season is ending but if you want to sneak in a final round on a top 10 course or plan next years’ rounds/trips, be sure to check in here. I also hope this turns into dialogue with golfers of all ages chiming in and possibly connecting with others to play 18! On a special note, I would like to thank my “brother” Shane Cohen for introducing me to, and getting me HOOKED on this great game. Even though you are not with us anymore I know you are up there watching and will one day give me a lucky kick for an ace!
Would like to comment on two courses you played first being Sunset Hills. if you do some research you will find that one of its architects was Gene Sarazen. The Squire used to practice there, you know he invented the sand wedge and the lay out is good for practicing with your irons and especially your wedges. Secondly, it is a good place to disappear from work no will ever find you there. Sunset its off the beaten path; that alone deserves a higher ranking than 4 maybe a 7. Have played it several times when i suppose to be working the only work done was on my short game.
The second course i would like to comment on is Southington Country Club. I have been a member there for four years. you better have a good short game, greens are small so you better be able to chip and putt. Just as an aside i see that you played it in March. Do yourself a favor played it in the summer on the weekends and after 11:00. the cart girls will perk you up. One other thing since 2007 i have four aces and two were this year with one coming on my 65th birthday.
as i browse there the courses i will give you some feedback on the ones i too have played
Frank…we met at shelton driving range…on my way to orlando… any tips on golf deals??
Ed! I highly suggest you play Streamsong!!