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4.4
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4.2
Friendliness
4.5
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3.8
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4.1
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Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 6228 yards
Slope 131
Rating 70.0
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Norwich Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1925
Fairways Rye Grass
Greens Rye Grass
Architect Donald Ross

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range 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 Proper attire is required.

Reviews

4.2
192 Reviews (192)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Patio Dining 12
Dinner 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 23
Bunkers 14
Undulating Greens 14
This course/club is great for:
Locals 25
Advanced Golfers 14
Seniors 12
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 16
Convenient to the City 15
Worth the Drive 15

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Connecticut Advisor
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Classy, Aesthetic Public Golf

Running through Connecticut woodlands and featuring a variety of challenging holes, Norwich Golf Course was a pleasure to encounter on my first visit today. Good things often come in ‘muni’ packages, and this course ranks among the top munis throughout the state.

Over the first four holes, it is the scenery that is the star—they are all beautiful—but none of these, strangely, seems to generate great excitement. The third is challenging, especially with its small plateau green, but it, along with the forth, are strictly target affairs. The latter is the toughest par-four at Norwich, but, despite its beauty and clear challenge, playing this hole felt as gloomy as a wet holiday: it’s a tight uphill trek between the dense woods, demanding only bullet-straight shots.

On holes 5 through 8, things liven up dramatically, and this outstanding stretch starts with the fantastic fifth, a downhill 510 yard par-five and superb test of strategy that should tempt both mid and long hitters into making it a two-shotter. The green complex is everything you’d expect from this course’s classically-rooted architects, Tull and Tull (who clearly should not be confused with the British rock band), as it possesses flowing and swelling ground contours—one of them a pronounced hump—that make approach shots and greenside chips anything but dull. The other great hole over this sequence is the seventh, which tempts you to carve a power-fade around the heavily tree-protected elbow of its dogleg. Then you’ll need to fly a precise short-iron directly up a tall hill to its diminutive green; the two gaping and ‘submerged’ bunkers to its left, invisible from the fairway, will gobble up pulled shots, and anything pushed won’t fare much better. It’s a unique and spectacular golf hole.

On the back nine, Norwich delivers three classic holes right out of 1926, when this layout was crafted. The dogleg-right tenth, not a ferocious hole from the tee, sports another tiny green—really, you almost have to be Jason Day to hit greens this small with regularity. A wide and welcoming fairway greets you at the 412-yard four-par 11th, yet your approach must traverse a deep gully to reach a temptingly perched putting surface. If you reach it successfully, then simply two-putt the subtly contoured green and give yourself a hearty congratulations for making par on a hole this intense. The twelfth is another classic five par, and every one of the three here (including the 560 yard 14th) has star-quality.

The 13th is a short, outrageously steep uphill par-three that forces you to strive and struggle on every shot to make par; its green, a mere seventeen yards in diameter, gilds the lily (this seems like difficulty for its own sake), and may leave you temporarily feeling that you’re playing mini-golf on its two-tiered surface. Sixteen impresses greatly with its plateau green, set on another steep (this time only 30-foot) rise, but seventeen, despite its spectacular, rolling terrain, remains a bit underwhelming to play: the entire hole feels awkward to me. The finishing par-three 18th, quirky but challenging as the closer, will require, for most, a midiron struck laser-straight to a semi-blind green, whose opening is a mere 14 yards wide.

Judging by the positive reviews of Norwich on this website, golfers generally take kindly to this track. Nonetheless, it lacks real rigor as a test of driving, as too many of the holes are virtually wide open; combine this factor with the large number of short par-4’s, and some single-digit players will likely find fault. The 9th hole, arguably the toughest here, is also a love-or-hate-it proposition: the expectation is the striking of a nearly perfect mid-iron 200 yards steeply downhill to a green that is proportioned, literally, for a 50-degree approach wedge. Playing Norwich, which slopes at a high 131 from the blues, may also be an acquired taste, and you’ll need some genuine patience and course knowledge to master its clever subtleties, not to mention the high number of quite-small greens. But its classic, old-school style is to its credit: I find that these layouts can be a welcome relief from the modern fare, courtesy of the Dyes and Fazios and Trent Joneses, so fully entrenched these days. And I’m hard pressed to think of a more beautiful public golf course in all of Connecticut. Right from tee one, the surrounding scenes often felt as soothing as a field looks in a Cezanne landscape, so aesthetic is this golf course and so peaceful are the mature trees that frequently line its broad fairways.

Norwich may be from another era—albeit a classic one—and it is slightly flawed, in my judgment, by today’s harsher standards, but this fascinating design at least belongs in the conversation as one of Connecticut’s ‘best’ east-of-the-river layouts. I’ve lived a few towns away from here for nearly 25 years now, and after playing in on Sunday I wanted to kick myself (not too hard, of course) for never having played golf at this fine club.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging Course!

First time golfing here, 18 holes for 2 with a cart cost $65 ("super saver"). The course is well maintained. The layout is great, very spread out and spacious. Tough round of golf though! Small greens with pin placement either at the front of the back of the green. Lots of slopes on their greens as well. We especially LOVED "the Gopher hole" at near holes 9 & 10 - beers/drinks were $3.50/each! The carts and cart paths could use some TLC but nothing to complain about!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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 Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course was nice, staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course.

This course has it all, good greens, great layout, and good location. The cart paths need work though and are getting extremely dried out. Otherwise nice course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in great shape

Today’s heat was oppressive but there was an abundance of water on the course. The greens were slow but can be attributed to the dry day. Pace of play was slow however. This course is a great deal for the money.

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

Norwich

Well groomed
Greens are very nice
Beautiful layout
Wide fairways

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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 Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Norwich Golf Club

Great staff very friendly...... fun course not long but very challenging greens small and undulating..... fairways in good shape great bang for your buck..... will recommend to try your skills

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

Great conditions

Course in great shape. Staff friendly and nice greens

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Decent Course

Course conditions were good but very slow! 5 hour round is not acceptable at any course. They should invest in rangers

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Faster pace, great conditions

Wanted to write a follow up review after playing again. The course is really in exceptional shape. Greens are fast and perfect, and a ton of break. Chips will run off pretty easily on the wrong side of the hole. Bunkers are pure. Fairways mowed tight. The downhill and dogleg fairways are pretty inviting, to say the least. I played off the back tees and had great angles into most greens, but there’s some subtle elevation changes that you need to factor in. It’s not long but there are some woods that will snag you on a few holes. Pace of play was much better today (2pm). Couple holes/ take less club into the green than you think. Definitely will play again. Hope to score better next time, something about this place is tough for me. Thanks for keeping the course in great shape!

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

Course was in great shape

Course was challenging. Greens were tough to read. Greens in great shape.Would play once a week at that price. And to top it off, put it in the hole on hole 10, 70 yards out!! Yayy me!!!

Difficulty Moderate
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