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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 70
Length 6446 yards
Slope 125
Rating 70.9
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Green Course at Tunxis Country Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1994
Fairways Blue
Greens Bent
Architect Al Zikorus

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.1
131 Reviews (131)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 8
This course/club is great for:
Locals 9
Walkers 7
Playing Multiple Courses 6
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 8
Convenient to the City 7

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Awful

Who aerates their greens in 30 degree weather in November? Greens were a joke and as usual Tunxis never posts it anywhere when trying to book a tee time

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 121
Handicap 0-4
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Thinking Green

It’s always been a bit of a thrill to make a right off of Farmington’s main thoroughfare and drive onto these golfing grounds on Town Farm Road, with Tunxis real estate and several of 45 holes of golf on both sides. It’s a scenic drive for any golf enthusiast.

But the real thrill for me comes from playing the Green Course. At par-70 and 6,446 yards, there is more than adequate length here, especially with the numerous long three and four-pars. What is demanded most of the player, however, is some strategic thought, especially the careful management skills necessary to playing these eighteen effectively. And while the level of difficulty isn’t daunting, there are more than enough challenges to test all aspects of one’s game. Consider that the slope is a more-than-respectable 124 and that the stroke rating hovers above par: 70.9 versus 70.0.

The Green begins almost pan-flat for the first four holes. Still, the putting surfaces are elevated above grade and the fairways are lined, here and there, with some Scottish-looking mounds, resembling what you see at a course like Kilmarnock in Ayrshire. Yet the overall feel—so far--is parkland. Over the rest of the front, the complexion changes somewhat more: five, a par-three, features a big, rolling green; the very long sixth rises to the crest of a small hill in the landing area; the seventh green is surrounded by some huge mounding, while eight has a similar look; the ninth has hidden, coffin-like bunkers right of the fairway’s landing area. Along with holes ten and eleven, this is my favorite stretch on the course, as Architect Al Zikorus broke the box of American tradition here, achieving a British Isles ambience. Typifying this is the par-four tenth, which is done to near perfection: a beautifully rolling and slightly twisting fairway precedes this hole’s raised green complex, fronted by three big bunkers (two are grass), while its boldly undulating green presents a stern challenge to a four.

After this auspicious start to the inward half, the course never lets up. Eleven is a pretty four-par that bends leftward around a pond. Twelve is a long, classic three par of 190. Thirteen plays long and hard—even if the driving area is fairly generous—and finishes on a small green for a 406 yard four-par. And woods surround it. Fourteen, another gem of a four-par, doglegs right sharply, and has two big traps in its landing area, with two more flanking the green, which happens to be two-tiered; but you can also come up snake eyes here after a straying shot. Another interesting hole is on its heels at fifteen, where you’ll probably use something less than a driver to stay short of the pond—a cross hazard—on your tee shot. It’s a testy exercise, amply protected by bunkers from tee to green. Sixteen, the fourth challenging par-4 in a row, encourages you to slam your best drive down its welcoming fairway, but the green on this 424-yard two-shotter is again raised and well bunkered.

Not many can reach the green in two on the 531-yard par-5 seventeenth. Oh, I gave it my best today with a 280-yard tee shot, but it still felt like I needed a howitzer to reach the surface. Unfortunately, Callaway does not sell howitzers, and my three-wood proved less than heavy artillery. Eighteen is a solid finisher, a long three-par with a green guarded like a fortress. Missing this green right will mean a visit to the tall pines, well below green level. Missing almost anywhere else isn’t a source for great amusement, either.

Today I played well and wished I could have stopped in at the always pleasant Tavern at Tunxis, which—like everywhere else—is closed for now. As usual, the challenges of the Green wore me out a bit, and I felt that I’d earned a quick drink. But certainly it had been great to play—walking—in about 3 hours. Because of the aerated greens, I would call conditioning right now “good” at Tunxis Green. But it has made a terrific recovery from its late-July conditions, when I last played it. Fairways, rough and greenside conditions were all excellent overall, and things are back in typical form. True to this layout’s name, the fairways and greens again appear emerald; the brownish tinges of July seem long gone.

Yet the Green’s greatest strengths are its balance, its playability, and its variety. It fits solidly into the top echelon of west-of-the-river Connecticut tracks.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 7
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

First time playing Green Course

Absolutely loved playing the course today. The staff was really great, and the course was in nice condition. My playing partner and I finished in just under 4 hours walking today. Can't wait to go back and try to White course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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This course has some tough par 3 and par 4 holes

The course is well maintained i would go here again

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Tunxis Green 18

Good playable layout. Tough greens that were fast and very sloped. A few tricky pin placements.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 121
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Connecticut Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

A FINE FRONT SIDE; A BALANCED BACK

The Tunxis Green Course offers a superior brand of golf. This seems surprising in light of its flatness: the course is built in the Farmington River Valley. Yet Al Zikorus’ design is thoughtful, mixing close to fifty bunkers (which dot its expanses) with eight holes featuring either doglegs or some form of considerable bending. Water hazards appear on six holes. What this Green eighteen lacks in hills or big elevation changes, then, it makes up for through other testy stuff. For experts, resistance to scoring on the Green is actually higher than its much-touted White, as the Green’s course rating, 70.4, checks in a stroke higher, relative to par, than the White’s. Yet the Green’s playability is higher, curiously, than that of the White. It should be fairly clear, for all the right reasons, why this is so by the time you’ve played the front side.

What I like about the Tunxis website is that it promotes the “links-style” feel of the Green Course, but doesn’t overkill it with the false hype often about how—as is often promoted—the course captures a ‘British Isles (especially Scottish) links experience.’ I’ll say this after having been to the British Isles three times: nothing delivers the real links experience but a real links.

TEE THROUGH GREEN: The front nine, having most of the ‘links-style’ holes, turns out to be the centerpiece of the Green, with nearly every hole a strong one. The opening pair is straightforward and demanding enough, with the second, a 558-yard five par, notable because it’s unreachable in two for nearly everyone. The next pair of holes may foil your attempts at par in different ways: three by water hazards (left & forward); four, at its green complex—which is pitched and rolling.

But more interesting do things become at five and six, two of the best holes on the course. The fifth is a tough, slightly uphill 3-par, tough when hitting 205 yards uphill to its relatively narrow green, tough when missing greenside and having to chip or pitch out of deep rough, or when needing to splash out of the deep left-side bunker onto its raised surface. Six is an uncomfortably long four-par at 440; it includes a tight OB on the right and a raised and bunkered putting surface. Considering the length of the approach into this green, it is amply protected.

Fortunately, after these two brutes, playing the seventh provides a birdie opportunity for those who can accurately drive and wedge the ball onto its green. Yet even that must be fully earned, as your pitching game will be tested on the approach into green seven, one of the most undulating on the course. It is difficult to hit the seventh green properly—and so get close to the pin (in most locations)—and perhaps even more difficult to take only two putts on this surface. Miss your approach shot and the dense and long and links-style rough may be unforgiving.

Not long afterward comes what may just be the best links-like hole out here: the tenth. At a mere 365 yards, it may seem unimpressive on the scorecard. But it boasts a terrific green that will be challenging to hit safely—first—then to deal with its wavy putting surface. Falloffs occur all around this green, but are deepest behind it.

A transition occurs on the twelfth hole of the inward half, at which point the club loses its link-like feel and turns into the very model of American parkland golf. Sure, there are a few mounds scattered about, but they seem only like an added accommodation to the newer holes that were added long after the original ones were fashioned in 1961. What I am sure of is this: the holes from the first 27—incorporated into the Green eighteen—play pretty much the same way they did before the newer ones contributed to the current incarnation. All of which is perfectly OK, because each one is a perfectly good golf hole.

What you’ll need at 14 and 15, another pair of nifty but shorter affairs, is tee-to-green accuracy. Both drives on these four-pars may feel a bit tight but truly crooked shots will be punished mercilessly. Hit your second with care at fourteen: two deep, greenside bunkers lie in wait for missed approaches.

The Green’s finish shouldn’t disappoint, with its last trio of holes both stretching out and refocusing the task again on long-and-straight off the tees. 424 yards and wood-lined nearly all the way to an elevated green, sixteen demands four good strokes to earn a par. Seventeen, though reachable in two, will still be a three-shotter for most, and must, above all, be played carefully. Eighteen matches the difficult fifth in quality, so it’s no easy par-3 at 210 yards. Its green is ringed by bunkers.

CONDITIONING: Right now average overall, this disappointed because I’ve never once seen the Green in this state having made least twenty visits in past years. But there’s a dichotomy between front, which is in fairly respectable shape, and the inward seven or eight holes, where things deteriorate. Here, fairways are often patchy and burned out, tall weeds show up in what has typically been more carefully mown rough or around bunkers, and green complexes are pretty dismal in some sectors. Overall, then, this was unexpected from a reliable and iconic Connecticut venue. True, the dry summer has had an effect, but why the difference between front and back sides?

Tunxis’ staff was more than friendly, the Covid response outstanding, and the facilities first-rate. The staffer at the front desk, Patrick, could be Customer Service Relations trainer—he was that good. And Mike, the personable starter, made conversation and encouraged us simply to “Enjoy it today.” Perfect send off, and how many starters do this?

THE GENERAL VERDICT: Playing the Green for the first time in several years brought back a wealth of positive memories. It nicely combines penal, strategic, and even a few arguably heroic holes (a few of the short four-pars have abbreviated but risky routes to their greens for the longest hitters). Every one of the par-3’s impresses by its ample length, by overall rigor, and through plentiful greenside hazards. And the two-par fives are gems, one being essentially unreachable as a two-shooter, the second yielding to a birdie only after four well-played shots. Tunxis Green is solid, pure golf, and it’s no wonder that the course has occupied a place on the GA “Top Courses in Connecticut” list in 2018/19.

This is the first time I brought my son to Tunxis, though he played the White course last year in a Junior PGA event. We enjoyed a close match, well punctuated by his eagle on the 525-yard 17th and then a closing par, both of which capped his 75.

All in all, we both give the Green two thumbs up. No doubt the conditioning woes will be resolved, and I still find several of the first ten holes alone worth the price of admission. The entire course, part of it from 1961 and the rest from 1994, ranks among the best of the late Mr. Zikorus’ achievements. And while nothing I’ve played yet in the U.S. fully replicates the criteria for a “true links,” as George Peper has put it, courses like the Green do a creditable job of delivering some of that aura.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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