Fenwick Golf Club
|Red (W)||35||2378 yards||35.4||126|
|Blue/White M: 66.9/125||433||200||155||443||350||153||335||290||545||2904||5511|
|White/Red W: 67.4/117||365||147||150||359||340||138||323||280||505||2607||4985|
It's a very good 9 hole course. Tees and Fairways in great shape. Small green is excellent shape, better hit the middle because they are sloped around the edges for the ball to roll off, nice touch. It is a great walk, flat, and not long. Just a great little get away for a quick round. No clubhouse or amenities.
It's inconceivable that this course is getting <3 stars (as of April 2020) but maybe that's good - then it'll stay quiet for those of us who enjoy 9 hole walks by the water around those incredible houses for a fun and easygoing round. Much like Sweeten's Cove (in Tennessee), there's no clubhouse, bathrooms or refreshments but the experience is fun for all handicaps. Fairways are pretty wide/open and from what I recall there's only one forced carry from the tee box. A bit remote? Sure, maybe, but enjoy it when you get there.
Cut the grass!!
The rough areas, and they are plentiful including side of the greens, are 4" to 6" inches high. you have to stand directly over the ball to find it... The new greens keepers are trying to cut costs on an already expensive course. You will lose balls and spend ridicules time searching.
Solid Nine Holes
Played the course in a heavy wind and the course remained playable. Fairways were not impossible to reach, the design allows the player to keep the ball on the ground and run it up, and so forth. A few cool features: the church that's in play on hole 1, Catharine Hepburn's old house on #2, the berm in front of the 6th green, and a cool pimple bunker on #8. The course isn't a world beater by any stretch, but it's really fun to play.
It Is What It Is
This is what golf was like in the 1920s. Hit the ball hit it again to a postage stamp green. Putt and move on. Some of the holes are fun some are ok. The course should be played to appreciate the history of golf. Just check out the wall of sod on #6 as a hazard and think why nobody has the guts to do that today. Make sure to walk this course and enjoy the views and sounds.
A Bucket List Course
Recently I played at Fenwick GC, a 9-hole public golf course that has been on my bucket list for some time. The course is located in the Borough of Fenwick, which is part of Old Saybrook. I was impressed with the courtesy of the employees, the condition of the course, the fantastic water views and the classic, old beach style houses surrounding the course. I would call this course a mix of links and New England style course design. That is, near salt water, flat with few trees and mostly small greens but there are no sand dunes, pot bunkers or tall grass mounds.
Getting there is easy. By car just come through the center of Old Saybrook and follow RT 154 over the South Cove causeway. The course is on your left and the parking lot on your right. There is no clubhouse, just a starter’s shack and they do not rent golf carts but do provide free pull carts or you may bring your own. Many residents of the Borough of Fenwick have their own carts, for golf or just getting around, so don’t be surprised to see carts and pedestrians on or near the course. The course winds through the majestic homes and streets of the borough and the cart paths and streets are open to the public. As mentioned in the previous review, the course is open year-round…weather permitting. The rates are very reasonable.
Fenwick’s flat layout and length is perfect for all skill levels and ages. There are three sets of tees; blue (2904), white (2607) and red (2378). If playing 18 you just use a different set of tees for the “back nine.” The holes are not very long, the 9th is the longest at 545 (blue). The 1st is 433 (blue) the 8th is 443 (blue) and the remaining six holes are all less than 350 yards. There are three par 3 holes, two are back-to-back. To the right of the 2nd hole is the former home of actress Kathrine Hepburn. For those who remember “Kate” here’s your Kodak Moment. Most of the holes are pretty flat with wide fairways, a few bunkers and small greens. Several holes are interesting such as the par 5 (blue) fourth, a beautiful but challenging hole. Your tee shot from the water’s edge must carry water, a marsh and a street. Another curious hole is the par 3 sixth where a narrow berm bisects the entire fairway just in front of the green. No bump and run here. The finishing hole is a par five 545 yard hole from the blues, 505 (white) or 453 (red).
For an outstanding 19th hole do stop at the outdoor, marina bar at the “Fresh Salt” restaurant located in the Saybrook Point Inn, Spa and Marina. You go right past it after you cross the causeway on your way home.
A Hidden Gem
A great winter escape when the ground is frozen and snow covered up North. The oldest public golf course in Ct, started in 1895. Great visas with the L.I Sound, CT. River mouth, Lighthouses and stately mansions, including Katherine Hepburn's restored home. The course is well kept, not long and the staff is very friendly. Plan to walk or use a pull cart. The golf is fair,rewarding and played in the style of the day of gutta percha golfballs, sand tees and hickory shafted clubs. Truly a must for all golf nuts.