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3.8
Value
4.4
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.5
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Holes 9
Type Public
Par 35
Length 2668 yards
Slope 112
Rating 33.7
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Minnechaug Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1959
Architect Geoffrey Cornish (1959)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Reviews

3.9
129 Reviews (129)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 14
Bunkers 9
Elevation Changes 6
This course/club is great for:
9-Hole Rounds 19
Locals 11
Beginners 10
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 11
Convenient to the City 6

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Placement is Paramount

Designed originally as 18 holes by the illustrious Geoffrey Cornish, Minnechaug, now a nine-holer only, is an intelligently-designed, tree-lined, parkland course; it easily has enough variety to hold our interest.

Built on a typically gentle landscape, the course does sport some elevation changes, though these are mainly reserved for tee-boxes situated on knolls or hillocks. There are also gradual upslopes on some of the fairways, while some of the greens are slightly elevated or perched about the fairways or greenside rough. The holes move mostly through the woods, but some of them are, in places, bordered by or situated near houses, lending this the feel of a golf course community. Now, however, the course is owned and managed by the town of Glastonbury. My perception today, and those of two course regulars who played with us, is that they are managing the course well. Case in point: a course marshal helped alleviate a slow-play situation in front of us, and did so diplomatically (Kudos!).

This is a short track, but a likeable one for its simplicity and subtleties. Precision is invariably rewarded over brute power, though the fairways are typically generous enough.

COMMENTS:
AN OPENING FLAW, SOON FOLLOWED BY BRILLIANCE: The one real flaw my son and I observed was a first tee that is squeezed far too much to the right, near a massive net (to protect the adjacent housing community). Right from the start, then, forcing the golfer to aim left (conservatively) and thus at the side of the fairway nearer Route 83. Awkward is an understatement for this tee shot, and I’m puzzled why a leftward tee (there is one) is not always used. Outside of that, though, Minnechaug is fair and well-designed layout. The rest of the first hole is perfectly good, though it won’t tax you too much. The second hole, moving into the forest, changes the complexion of the golf course quickly. When on this tee, the hum of traffic begins to fade; your focus should sharpen considerably. Before you is a superb par-four, the course’s toughest and best hole. Driver won’t be a necessity off this tee, but this shot will put demands on your ability to hit a straight or predictably shaped shot. The landing area is accessible after a forced, downhill carry over marshland, but it also contains a pair of bunkers. After that, you'll need and accurate mid/short iron to the plateau green.

BEST RUN OF HOLES: While the first four holes are somewhat more than passable (only the second really inspires), what’s worth the price of admission are the holes stretching from five through nine.

The fifth hole, a tight but short par-5, requires the utmost care on shots one and two: huge, mature trees intrude upon or are simply part of the fairway. An ability to work the ball either left or right should come in handy—otherwise, you may be refining your punch-shot game (from out of the trees).

The sixth is an outstanding par-3 over that involves a carry over a marshy area that does not quite extend frontally all the way to the green. But the marsh does wind its way further rightward, around the right of the putting surface. Your mid-iron or hybrid into this green will need to be a good one.

The third demanding hole in succession comes at seven, a four-par. At 272 yards, it’s a driveable hole, and its right-angled dogleg creates intrigue with its teasingly short second leg, leading to the green. The line of play is critical, but one is tempted to be more aggressive because the fairway is relatively broad. Penalties ensue, though, when your ball leaves the short grass. The safe option may seem to hit your drive down the middle or right, but you may run through the fairway (bad). The next option is to try to cut it close on the right side for a close second shot to the pin, but a miss lands you in a huge and deep bunker (worse). A third is to take the ball over the right-side trees, but your shot might be too low (horrific). Should you simply find the fairway with a proper tee shot, all that follows is a mere wedge, anyway. It’s a hole that seems designed to tempt us into being foolish; perhaps thinking outside the box here means, paradoxically, playing it as conservatively as possible, wide and leftward of the dogleg.

ISLAND GREEN (!): It’s clear that the inviting-looking island green on hole eight was carefully planned for fairness. More than deep enough to accept shots from 125 yards, the green itself also has a peripheral area that extends the isle considerably both left and right—where you’ll be in the rough. At least bailing out to one of these ‘wing’ areas is preferable to deep-sixing your Bridgestone. This hole is also a beauty, though it’s oddly part pastoral, part suburban (see photos). The overall effect is still stunning. Inasmuch as island greens pose the threat of a quick double-bogey, I enjoy their pulse-pounding challenge.

THE CLOSER: Nine is equally beautiful, though instead of an island, the 158 yard par-three features a scenic carry over a serene pond. The green, set on a slight plateau, is pitched only slightly, and we should expect a routine two-putt following an iron that touches our ball down at relatively close quarters to the pin. All of which should make for a comforting, if unspectacular, finish.
EXECUTIVE (?) COURSE: This is not, technically, an ‘executive course,’ as some have asserted. True executive tracks are very short, with par between 60 and 65, with a surfeit of par-3’s, and thus providing a quicker pace of play (hence they are ideal for executives with little spare time). Minnechaug meets none of those criteria, and cannot typically be played in an hour and a half or less.

IN SUM: Solid recommendation. Everyone in my foursome today enjoyed the layout and its playability, including the conditioning (the greens were aerated, but they still putted true enough). Cornish cleverly designed a challenging short course that still holds up. He was a master architect, and, as was typical, made every design aspect of this course count, generating several nicely strategic holes. In fact, you seldom observe here the kind of overkill—of hazards, around green complexes, or in terms of shot values—that has often plagued some modern courses.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

golf day

Played very quickly and the course was in decent shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Enjoyable time

Great day to play. Course was fun and challenging

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Minnechaug Fun

Good course for the value. Always friendly service. Course improvements are a nice touch!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

worst round of the year

Slow, untalented course of players. No sense of place of
play. A 1&1/2 hour round turned into a 3 hour unpleasant
experience for 9 holes. Next time avoid sunny August days!

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 08/14/2019

We apologize for the pace of play issue you experienced. We always try to keep a a great pace when having our golfers on the course. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback as we will use your review to better the experience going forward. We hope you give us another try in the near future!

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 07/16/2019

Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give Minnechaug Golf Club another try in the near future.

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not bad but...

Myself and a friend played today and had a 7am tee time, the young lady at the desk was great she helped us get all checked in and gave us our cart key and such. But we were disappointed to have to wait on probably half the holes because they had to manually turn on and off the irrigation. It wouldn’t have been so bad if we didn’t have to wait 5-10 to tee off and then getting backed up because of it.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented on 07/17/2019

Hi! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review about the irrigation is very important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back!

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Too Many Groups Allowed On the Course

This is a 9-hole course that plays on the short side, so it quickly gets backed up. Last night was no different. Too crowded and slow. It took 2 hours for two of us to play 6 1/2 holes, and only one of us played the last 2 1/2 holes. Picked up on the 7th hole and headed to Giovanni's, which is a hidden gem here. If we had played the entire course, it would have taken more than 2 1/2 hours. That's just ridiculous. I know that courses don't like to say "no" to walk-ins, but you have to do it to preserve the experience for those of us who do take the time to make a tee time.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/05/2019

Hello. Thank you for reviewing the course. We apologize for the delay of play during your round. This is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and to best control pace allowing everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We will continue to look for ways to improve, and we are glad to see you rated the course conditions to be great during your game. Thank you for playing Minnechaug Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun course! Would play again.

This course was great! Enjoyed the mix of driver and iron holes. Only down fall to this course was having to take a very long walk to hole 8 and then to 9. I would definitely come back and play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

As expected

Got the round in before the rain. Course drains well. In good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 05/28/2019

Hi Jack. We appreciate you taking the time to review Minnechaug Golf Club. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Best value for the buck!

Granted this review is subjective I'll still reply.
I enjoy this course. For the price of me and three others + a cart for 9 holes. It's unbeatable! The grounds are beautiful with a good amount of variation.

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