First, a confession.  My review of the 27-hole Goodwin Park Golf Course complex in Hartford (bordering neighboring Wethersfield) may be favorably tainted by the fact that it’s where I first took up the game nearly 50 years ago.  I had discovered my dad’s set of pristine clubs in the garage — I don’t believe he ever used them — and asked if I could have the set.  Thus, began a lifelong quest for par, or something better.  I remember one round in my early teens when ...

First, a confession.  My review of the 27-hole Goodwin Park Golf Course complex in Hartford (bordering neighboring Wethersfield) may be favorably tainted by the fact that it’s where I first took up the game nearly 50 years ago.  I had discovered my dad’s set of pristine clubs in the garage — I don’t believe he ever used them — and asked if I could have the set.  Thus, began a lifelong quest for par, or something better.  I remember one round in my early teens when ...

It's hard to think of a golf course that hosted one of the four majors as being "off the beaten cart path."  These courses are typically on a golfer's bucket list:  Pebble Beach, Winged Foot, Whistling Straits, Oakmont, Bethpage Black, and many more.   Tanglewood, #1 green So with that as a preamble, how many of you remember Tanglewood?  Or have even heard of Tanglewood?  Tangle-what?   No, Tanglewood, part of Tanglewood Park, a municipal park managed ...

It’s not a masterpiece.  Not a revelation.  Not a dump.  It’s definitely a unique — my wife mentioned "quirky" — golf course.   If any course meets the definition of "off the beaten cart path," it's Tot Hill Farm, one of Mike Strantz’s seven courses he was able to design before his too-early death of cancer at age 50.  I live in north Charlotte, and Tot Hill Farm is in Asheboro, a little more than an hour's drive from us.  Asheboro is about 90 ...

Hole 3, courtesy of Perdido Bay While in Pensacola for a family wedding in November 2019, my two nephews and I headed north of downtown to play the reasonably priced Perdido Bay Golf & Lodging course, a par-72 layout designed by Bill Amick and Bill Bergin that opened in 1963. The course’s claim to fame is it was the site of the PGA Tour’s Pensacola Open from 1978 to 1987.  Sadly, this tour stop, which was held for more than 30 years at several area courses, is no longer in ...

Every year, I try to make a pilgrimage to Copake.  I say “pilgrimage” because it is about three hours round trip from my Connecticut home, with no direct route.  US Highway 44 is one of those old east-west routes that circumvent the mountains of western Connecticut and, therefore, at a few spots turn north or south for a while. No matter, the trip to this out of the way gem golf course is worth it, and there is a terrific bakery about halfway there that is my customary stop for ...

A Tale of Two Nines Monroe CC, view from the 10th tee One of the benefits of writing a course review for OTBCP is that there is no requirement or expectation to discuss how well we played the course.  It’s all about the course, as it should be. Considering that I have not played a round of golf since at least last August, then had knee replacement surgery, and am attempting to incorporate some swing changes as I re-start my golf game in 2020, my expectations for how well I played ...

On a trip to Pensacola for a wedding last year, I played at Lost Key Golf Club in Perdido Key, FL, on Halloween, which proved to be a bit scary but a whole lot of treat. Located about a half hour along the Gulf Coast from downtown Pensacola, and less than that to the Alabama state line, this Arnold Palmer Signature course, with the design credited to the Great One and his long-time collaborator, Ed Seay, opened in 1997.  It underwent a major renovation in 2006 that included the addition ...
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The cart paths to golf courses we all know well, even if we have never set foot on the first tee there, are well worn. They are Pebble Beach, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, some of the Pinehurst Resort courses and other heralded and well-trafficked layouts (where green fees can be as much as 10 times the price of a lesser known but highly playable muni). Think of Off The Beaten Cart Path courses as those that will surprise and delight you, no matter where they are. You just may have never heard of them. 

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