Tallwood Country Club

4.4166666667 4.4 stars from 5 (4)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6523 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 71.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Accepted

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6523 yards 71.2 126
Blue 72 6374 yards 70.1 122
White 72 6126 yards 69.3 121
Red/Upper 72 5424 yards 71.0 126

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 4 Reviews
5 stars:
1
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

4 out of 4 reviews


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"This place never disappoints..."


jerrynthewriter's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We make it here a couple of times a year, and we always leave satisfied.

Great practice facilty (range, sand trap, chipping area, and two putting greens).

Course demands attention. Several risk/reward opportunities on both sides.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Back Nine Can Be A Watery Grave"


b11dmalo's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Tallwood is a great tract with a super back nine. The front has three par threes that require different clubs. The rest of the front nine has some interesting holes and requires you to think before just pulling driver every-time. Number 8 is a great strategy hole. The back nine is the real challenge with water on every hole except 18 and the lone par 3. Once again driver is not always the correct club and your approach shots must be precise. Not much movement in the greens but they are well protected. A ton of length was added a few years ago but really didn't make much of a difference.Improved bunkering in terms of line of sight and protection could make this one of the best courses east of the river. Right now the bunkers are just large instead of being true hazards. The back nine is definitely not for beginners.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Blackledge's stepsister"


Jerry9862417's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I play this course at least once a season. GREAT practice facility (range, chipping area, putting). Staff is super-friendly. Course is ALWAYS top-shelf.

I find the course somewhat challenging. there are some short-ish par 4s, but the lack of length is offset by the hazards (water!). Good par threes and decent par 5s.

Yeah, Tallwood may be a stone's throw from the Blackledge tracks (both of which are great layouts, by the way), but you should NOT overlook playing at least one round here this season. You won't be disappointed!

I gave it three stars for "Off-course amenties: only because it it in the middle of farm country, so there's not much going on in the way of retail stores (not a Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts anywhere near!)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Water. Water. Everywhere"


Irex482's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Located in the rolling, rural hills of Hebron just off CT RT 85, family-owned Tallwood Country Club is a great course for players of all levels. Many state tournaments use Tallwood as their tournament site, which attests to the quality and management of this course. It also has a very large and active men’s league indicating the popularity of Tallwood.

At 6523 yards from the tips to 5424 yards from the forward tees, Tallwood is longish for the average public course in central Connecticut. It is also quite hilly with a slope rating ranging from 121-126. It’s not an easy course, especially with six ponds to contend with. Four of these ponds are located on the back nine, which is more difficult and longer than the front nine, thus the 35/37 par differential. There are three par 3’s on the front nine and only one on the back side.

Rates are reasonable: $38 weekdays, $41 weekends and $29 seniors/juniors/military (weekdays only). Carts are extra.

Upon arrival, overhead power lines and a large gravel parking lot awaits. To the right of the clubhouse are two large putting greens, a chipping and sand trap practice area (with three traps) and a large driving range. Inside the clubhouse there is a fully-equipped pro shop and comfortable but Spartan eating area. The restaurant is not known for gourmet meals, though the basic fare is satisfactory.

The day we played it was hot and humid. An acute lack of rain in the past weeks dried out the course a bit but the fairways and greens were still in excellent shape. There were also plenty of strategically-located water jugs to keep us hydrated and quite a few porta-potties for relief. Most fairways are narrow and bordered by deep woods or ponds so hitting your shots straight is crucial in keeping the bogieman at bay.

Good course management is necessary at Tallwood so here are some tips for the trouble areas you’ll need to cope with. All distances are from the white tees.

At 528 yards, the uphill first hole is the longest on the course, but it should not be a too difficult for accurate hitters. Problems and decisions start at hole #2, a short (287 yard) dogleg right. The fairway runs out on the left into deep woods so a long or mid-iron/hybrid is an excellent choice off the tee to get within wedge distance of the green. A fade with a driver or 3W is desirable but not many of us mortals possess a fade on demand. My fade is more like a slice that comes without warning. On #8 a pond protects the green starting roughly 240 yards from the middle tees. Keeping to the right side of the fairway is smart. Long or left on the par 3 ninth spells trouble.

Almost every hole on the back nine has a pond that comes into play, starting with the short (296 yard), downhill 10th where a small one defends the front of the green. It’s about 225 yards to the water from the white tee box. Although only the #8th handicap hole, #11 gives many players fits. I hate it. This twisting par five 500 yard double dogleg is troublesome. Off the tee is not the problem, your second shot is where trouble looms. You’ll be hitting blind over a hill with water long. I suggest a trip to the hilltop to see what you’re facing. You’ll see that anything too long and straight gets wet as yet another pond guards a very small green that is bordered by water in front and a steep bank behind. Choose your weapon carefully to give yourself a short wedge to the green. The next hole, requires a tee shot over a geese-infested pond than uphill to a small green. Walk carefully near the tee box and pond to avoid the “gifts” the geese have left. Number 15 is water all along the right side of the fairway and deep woods down the left. Some players are tempted to go for the green on their 2nd shot but any ball short goes for a swim. A smart play is driver or 3 wood off the tee then a mid-iron to a collection area along the left side of the fairway. From there it’s a short wedge to the green. The short (317 yard) #4 handicap 17th has the last pond you’ll see; it crowds the left fairway just short of the green. With a blind tee shot, club choice off the tee and accuracy to the green are the keys to par. If you can, ride or walk up the hill before teeing off, to survey the hole layout.

There’s only one negative I can speak of and that is the condition of the gravel cart paths. They could use a new layer of gravel to cut down on the kidney-jarring ride around the course. Also, a suggestion is a menu at the ninth tee box so players can call in their order when making the turn.

In conclusion I give this course high grades. The staff is friendly and helpful, the course very well laid out, challenging and the practice area is great. It’s also worth the trip from anywhere near Hartford and a good place to bring a client and still stay within your budget.

Finally, I’m surprised that there are no other reviews for Tallwood. I use reviews frequently to check out golf courses I’ve never played, vacation sites I’m planning to visit and restaurants I’m thinking of eating at. Oh well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/22/2016

That is a spot on comprehensive review of Tallwood. I have played many a round up there with a close friend who use to live locally for years. Each hole has its challenges and the design has left a number of quality and distinctive holes to play. There are a few holes that always seem to get me up there even when I have been playing well. Its a great muni track and worth a visit or two



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