PUTNAM, Connecticut – If you haven’t played golf at Connecticut National, grab your sticks and GPS and head out to this off-the-beaten path scenic wonder, nestled in “The Quiet Corner” of Putnam, Connecticut.
Repeatedly rated in the Top 20 golf courses in New England, this Mark Mungeam-redesign features a unique appearance and “feel” sporting a mixture of parkland and links-style holes. You’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away to a far-away land!
Home to lots of wildlife, you’re likely to spot red-tail hawks and wild turkey. In autumn gobbling sounds of wild turkey’s echo throughout the multi-hued countryside.
Hone your game on multiple practice areas including a full driving range with target greens, a short game chipping area with bunkers and two putting greens that overlook the breathtaking countryside below.
A castle-like mansion in the distance adds to the mystical feel reminiscent of vistas seen in the “Sound of Music”.
Getting back to the golf, the mix of parkland and links-style holes offer variety, lots of visual appeal and memorability. Expect to get distracted by the astounding vistas like their “signature” par 4, eighth hole’s spectacular overlook of the state forest below.
The dramatic downhill fairway leads to a small green bordered by a pond on the right with mounding and bunkers on the left. Their second “signature” par 4, fourteenth hole stretches uphill 465-yards from the tips to a tight undulating green.
The breathtaking finishing 18th hole meanders downhill dodging intersecting fairway bunkers toward the picture-perfect view of the culminating green surrounded by rolling grass mounds and hidden bunkers, with clubhouse and valley view in the backdrop.
This player-friendly 18-hole course features four tee markers offering a manageable yardage range for all skill levels of 5,002-6935 yards. The wide-open fairways have ample, visible yardage markers every 25 yards and signage for holes making the course easy to navigate.
The front nine’s dramatic elevation changes, sloping fairways and doglegs challenge your club selection. The rolling fairways, distinctive mounding, and water features on the back nine offer a links feel. Shot accuracy is essential to score well, as an errant shot may land you on one of the many fescue-covered mounds bordering the fairways, or in the high fescue rough.The short plush fairways provide lots of roll up to the wildly sloped, undulating, saucer-shaped greens, which require constant putting speed adjustment.
Connecticut National has it all – great ambience, challenging yet fair layout, plush conditions, inviting clubhouse with full-service restaurant with mouthwatering menu selections and unbeatable special rates.