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3.6
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.1
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
54.3%
Recommend this course
22 out of 27 reviews
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3.3
3 Reviews (3)
5 Stars
1
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1
Conditions
4.3
Value
3.7
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.0
66.7%
Recommend this course
2 out of 3 reviews
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3.8
4 Reviews (4)
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.3
75.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 4 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 70
Length 6449 yards
Slope 127
Rating 70.6

Course Details

Year Built 1927
Architect Devereux Emmet (1927) Matthew Dusenberry (2016) Robert J. Ross (1931) Alfred H. Tull (1927)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $18
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in New England (2016 #18)

Reviews

3.6
27 Reviews (27)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 10
Bunkers 9
This course/club is great for:
Locals 10
Walkers 10
Advanced Golfers 9
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 10
Worth the Drive 6

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Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pace of play...

Played yesterday afternoon. Approaching the 2nd green my partner and I noticed 5 groups on the next tee box/green/following tee box. When we putted out 2 we made it 6 groups all bottle necked. Waited 20+ minutes on the next several tee boxes. Called the pro shop to let them know it was extremely backed up and I was told its a nice day and theres a lot of people out they would send a ranger (never saw anything remotely resembling a ranger out there)... I play ALOT of rounds of golf and I have NEVER seen anything like that before. 5 and a half hours to play 18 holes on a Wednesday afternoon is a joke. Course conditions have gradually decreased over the last couple years also which is an absolute shame. Some tee boxes have almost zero grass, huge bare areas in and outside the fairways. The greens still roll decently but no one fixes their ball marks so most of the greens are peppered in old half filled pitch marks. This course is one of my favorites in New England its very sad to see it being run so poorly these days. Very disappointed.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Challenging Layout & Greens Keep You on Your Game

1st time playing. Hit from blue tees. Very interesting course layout with humongous greens. Several greens with very challenging designs including multiple tiers and false fronts. Course was in very good condition and recent rain allowed for going at the pin. Keep the ball in play or the course will be even more challenging.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Kenny Park is the star again.

this is the third time the traveling Tuesday Worcester golf group has play Keney park. 24 golfers we all had a great time we cannot wait to come back.. yes the greens are challenging but even the ones who played above their handicap had a ball. the course was in spectacular shape from tee to green.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 45
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Fabulous Muni Restored

A great revival of an old Devereux Emmet gem now graces Hartford's North End. Play it and revel in the complexity of its Golden Age bunkering.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Keney Park

I had wanted to play Keney since it reopened after the re=design. I was not impressed with the plywood cart paths and the many black plastic liners sticking out in multiple places around many of the greens. . I know it has been wet with ll of the rain in CT and Keney Park was well know to get and stay very wet when there had been a lot of rain before the re-design. Even after the re-design it still stays wet longer than most courses. You would have thought when they spent all of the money getting this course back they would have addressed this issue. . The fairways and tees were also a bit ragged.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Still Needs to Improve

I hadn't played the course since it was renovated five years ago. It did improve but still has some major issues. The most annoying was that all the pin flags are yellow. There is no other designation to tell you it is front, middle, or back. They have new golf carts but for some questionable reason have no convertible cover on the back to pull down to keep your clubs dry if needed. And lastly, the redesign did not improve the drainage on many of the low spots on the course. The water collected and left a muddy mess on many holes.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Walked

The Most Entertaining Greens I've Ever Seen

This is the first time I've ever played a golf course with the classic Macdonald/Raynor replica holes, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The greens are wild, and the speeds are kept down somewhat to compensate, which I was quite okay with. There is strategy and thought required basically everywhere. The course is not exactly hilly, but the holes are filled with little 5-10 foot mounds and bumps that virtually assures you won't have a level stance anywhere. And considering Keney Park is only a few miles from downtown Hartford, there's a wonderful sense of isolation here. You really feel like you're in a forest, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I wish the course was playing faster and dryer, but considering all the rain the Northeast has gotten this summer, the occasional puddle and moist bit of ground is completely understandable. It's a great course, and I would definitely play there again, should I ever return to the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 217
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Top-notch - a model for what muni/public golf can and should be

It's deceptively simple. Create (or revive) a fun, walkable, well-kept golf course in a place with a long history of golf, keep prices pretty low, give golfers (and non-golfers) a nice place to eat, and watch the business roll in.

Lo and behold, that's exactly what's happened ever since the City of Hartford reinvested in Keney Park. Now, the course is one of America's best munis, and because it's charging no more than $40 or so for green fees, it's a valuable local amenity and well worth the trip from just about anywhere to play. It's that good, and that successful a project.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Wow oh, wow.

Our Tuesday Worcester group went to keney Park not knowing what to expect and all we can say is wow.
We had never heard of the course before but read an article in Golf week magazine about the redesign. Alll 20 of us loved everything about this course. Very challenging but fun fun fun if you like a challenge this is your golf course. Greens were great . How many times can you hear people telling stories about 3 or 4 putting greens and after the round was over still say they had a great time and can't wait to come back. Pro and staff were great and complemented on how well we were organized. Thanks we appreciate it. We can't wait to come back. Drinks in the attached restaurant/bar we very expensive. Only negative.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Fun Golf Course To Play

I was fortunate to play Keney Park Golf Course twice during the month of May. The city of Hartford reportedly spent $6 million on the restoration. It has a challenging and interesting layout with many dog legs- both left and right. The greens are in excellent condition albeit running on the slow side, as one might expect from a public course. Same goes for the pace of play. Slow. Weekday greens fees were very reasonable at $58 including a cart. My senior friends paid $11 less for theirs. The course has a premium on keeping the ball in play in order to have a clear shot to the green. There is very little water that comes into play. There are many bunkers, however, that do. The greens are undulating and many have a false front. I would have given it another star if the greens were faster. The clubhouse restaurant was nicely renovated as well and the food was very good. Plenty of beer on tap as well. We played from the blue tees (6046 yards). Next time I want to play it from the gold tees (6449 yards).

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best in State!!!

Played Keney Park (Windsor, CT) over Labor Day weekend. BY FAR the best public/municipal golf course I have ever played (and I have played a lot of them)!!! First the Layout - Superior layout with a Donald Ross feel on the greens. Every hole challenges with difficulty being the ability to avoid sand bunkers , grass mounding and water hazards (streams and brooks). Elevation changes around the greens provide even more difficulty (2-3 tiers and lots of undulation).
Second - Course Conditions are superb. This course was recently renovated in all facets (fairways, greens and tee boxes) and came through incredible!! Plush tees and fairways, Immaculate greens and bunkers. Played round in 4.5 hours and was salivating to play it again! By far the best public course in CT and possibly the best in New England!
New Clubhouse and Restaurant are 4 star with food and beverage.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Renovations are fantastic

It has been about 8 years since I played here last and all I have to say is wow! They have done a fantastic job here! Tee boxes and greens are now some of the best around! The driving range is great and the tavern is awesome. The area just off the 2nd cut is still a little rough but coming along. In 2 more years this will be one of the best publics around. Great job!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Used cart

All About Restoration

If you want to play a really successful restoration look no farther than the front nine at Keney. The front nine was built first by Emmet and the holes are fun and interesting. Maintenance has been consistent since the restoration and the greens were great. Greens are fairly flat but also true and fast when I played. Yes the holes go back and forth at the end of the front nine and the church pews and road hole bunkering are copies but they fit in well and are true hazards. It was windy when we played and two of our foursome ended up in the road hole bunker on 9 presenting a great challenge. The back nine was in excellent condition but the layout is more modern than classic. The holes that close out this nine are back and forth like the front and finishing with the par 3 18th is really a let down. Still, they have done a great job providing golf for people on what use to be a natural disaster. The restored clubhouse is a treat. The fairway/green of number one is just like Pinehurst #2 and much chaper than $450. it costs to play that tract. Keney is an enjoyable time, not the most challenging or interesting but nothing to denigrate unless your're some private country club snob.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Worth Playing

I had played Keney Park regularly over 20 years ago. Always loved the layout of the course, but the conditions were terrible back then. Over the years, I had heard that conditions only got worse following the management of MDM. Just recently, I had read that they were voted one of the top ten public courses in Connecticut. I could not believe it - I had to see it for myself.

Apparently, they spent over $5M on renovations, including new tee boxes, greens, and several landscaping features. All I can say is, wow! The course was in incredible shape. The greens were very true and putted well. Fairways were in tremendous shape. This course is now a gem - and it is one of the best public courses I have ever played in CT. I will definitely be back again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Wound not recommend

The pace of play for a wide open course was atrocious. It took us 5 and a half hours to play and we were a twosome. To pay the amount of money we did for this course is obserd. You can play Manchester Country Club for the same money and the course is in much better condition and challenging along with only taking 4 hours on a Sunday. I do not understand how this course was ranked 3rd in our state. I do not even put it in the top 10.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

traditional course restored to greatness

I have had the absolute pleasure of playing a truly beautiful old course which has been restored to greatness.Every single tee box and green has been redone.The contours of the fairways have been reshaped to make the course more interesting and more playable.The conditions only keep improving every week.Fairways are nice (still a few patchy spots),the greens are fast and true,and the sand bunkers on the course are very interesting. The clubhouse has been restored and it looks beautiful(restaurant in club house suppose to open in May) .There is also a great driving range at the course. The individuals in the pro shop could not be any nicer or accommodating. This course is a must play if you are a golfer. Great Golf Course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

great redesign

Played today and was very impressed. What a great job on the redesign. I have played a number of times many years ago and it was fun and at the time not in bad shape. the green complexes were incredible, many big undulations make you think and are very fair but challenging. the course had some brown spots mostly off fairways due to the new grass being under stress from terrible recent summer growing conditions from big drought but overall in great shape. plenty of length and the shorter hole were great and did not detract from the round. they were all challenging and fun. i played the tips and had a great day. $55 with cart for non resident but worth every penny, it helped as i played very well so it was a great day and a great course. I plan on going back often.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Not Worth It

Tricked up greens don't make a good golf course.
Major multi year renovation and the best they could do was expand greens and add major undulations.
GPS in carts was off. Watch GPS didn't recognize course. Each member of foursome had at least two shots where ball hit hard pan (just off of fairway) and ricocheted 90 degrees into woods, waste area or water.
Will not be going back.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/26/2016

thought the green were great. fair but challenging. approach placement is important on a number of greens to put well.

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap Don't know
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Walked

Short Yet Challenging

I heard about the renovation that had taken place at Keney and the rave reviews about the renovation and had to check it out for myself. First time playing the course, which is very easy to get to and located in a nice park area, and I was pleasantly surprised. While the original clubhouse is still under renovation and is not open, it looks like a very nice and historic brick building. The course itself is not the longest, as there is only one shortish par 5 on the front nine, and some of the par 4s you could hit less than driver, but it is still a real challenge. The undulations in the fairways and especially on the greens make accuracy a priority. Could still use a little bit TLC, although the lack of rain we've had explains some of the conditions, but overall a very fun and interesting course. Would definitely recommend it and will be back to play the full 18.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Walked

Challenging but Awesome

I am a double digit handicap and do not pretend to be an excellent golfer which made these 9 holes some of the most challenging I've played. With that being said - I cannot wait to go back and play a full 18. The conditions are incredible - from tee to green. Once the club house opens (it is currently being renovated itself), it has the potential to be a premier public course in New England.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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