Bloomfield, CT's Gillette Ridge Golf Club opened in 2004 to major criticism.  The Arnold Palmer layout was just too difficult for the average public golfer.  It was so tough that after a few years, the Palmer group was called back to soften it up.  Course managers had decided that Gillette Ridge's survival was a matter largely of removing some of the treachery around the greens, specifically the parade of bunkers that made greens in regulation nearly ...
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Fairview Farm in Harwinton, CT, meets the strictest definition of off the beaten cart path.  It is out in the country, on the site of a former working farm, a good 45 minutes from Hartford and 30 minutes from my own home.  In other words, you have to go a bit out of your way to get there. It is worth the trip in that the course is typically in fine condition, the staff of the family-run business is always friendly and helpful, and the layout is not quite like any other public golf ...
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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 ...
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Lost in the media’s fascination with the alleged death of golf are the stories of long-established golf courses that have undergone significant restoration and renovations. You might read about these in LINKS magazine, or Golf Digest or at, where golf architecture buffs care about such things; but the mainstream and business media tend to prefer the negative stories about golf’s future status. Keney Park, a municipal golf course on the extreme north end of Hartford, CT, ...
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