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Holes 18
Type Public
Par 69
Length 6015 yards
Slope 123
Rating 69.8
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Pequabuck Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1902
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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Snacks

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Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Connecticut (2019 #1) (2018 #6)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2018 #13)

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4.6
155 Reviews (155)

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The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 11
Watching the Game 6
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Narrow Fairways 17
Elevation Changes 15
Water Hazards 11
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 11
Locals 10
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 10
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In the 'Burbs 10
Worth the Drive 10

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First-Class Golf, Stunning Vistas

Only a few miles outside of Bristol, the terrain tends to rise into the rolling hills, some gentle, some more abrupt. Pequabuck’s golf course plays over some substantial ridges and through valleys, winding often through pleasant avenues of pines in the countryside. As a semi-private course with more limited opportunities to play, some might overlook Pequabuck, but once it has been toured, most golfers will find themselves returning here. At the close of 2019, it was ranked the top course in Golf Advisor’s Connecticut Golfer’s Choice list.

Pequabuck exemplifies classic American parkland golf at its best. Here, though, you will have a most strenuous test throughout the eighteen. The course’s defenses are varied: wood-lined and twisting fairways; big drop-offs around many greens; punishing rough and rolling fairways that produce awkward lies; big and deep greenside traps; and, at the outset of the back nine, the reservoir (aka Bristol Reservoir #1). If that isn’t enough, there is the set of well-contoured, sloping and very fast greens that will test all golfers—including those who are among the best putters. There is another important, ‘old school’ feature here that is noteworthy: the rolling contours in front of these greens, allowing for run-up approaches, typically within 100 yards or so. I found myself doing so, wedge in hand four or five times, working with, not against, the slickness of these greens.

This is about the sixth time I’ve played Pequabuck, and the second over the past year. What impressed me this time around was the utter solidity of the front nine as well as back, an inward half so absorbing that I’m not sure anything in Connecticut matches it. The majority of these holes retain that vintage, old-school feel harkening back to the 1920’s. But subsequent additions—and perhaps modifications and subtractions—also give it hybrid characteristics. For example, Geoffrey Cornish and William Robinson redesigned three of these holes, according to Cornish’s own work, The Golf Course (1988). The two with the most modern qualities, I think, are the stunning 10th and 11th, both set by the reservoir.

History aside, the course simply delivers one solid hole after another, every one of them commanding one’s attention. On the front, the sixth, seventh and eighth are as good as any back-to-back-to-back holes I can think of, except for—that is, Pequabuck’s own tenth, eleventh and twelfth. What I love especially about seven, a blockbuster of a par-five, are its ocean wave-like fairway contours (and we’re talking a big surf) that greet you in the landing area. These contours are virtually hazards in and of themselves. The fairway subsequently swoops dangerously down to a false-fronted, modestly scaled and bunker flanked green that may invite comparisons to a Donald Ross or Seth Raynor design. It is, then, the downhill second shot that is the most difficult, with woods and OOB looming left and scattered trees rightward. The hole is magical, and, as you would guess, a great birdie opportunity that might just as easily turn sour.

Twelve is another hole that buttresses that attack, if not as renowned as the two signature holes that begin the back nine. Yet it’s a gorgeous 407-yard trek through the tall pines, moving upward on the drive, then downward and over a big swale that lies in front of a perched, uncomfortably sloped green. Get locked in here: you’ll likely need four well-played strokes enroute to a par. I also love the sixteenth, a classic downhill three-par which plunges down over railroad tracks to a fortress-like green. It’s short, scenic, and utterly lethal. Is there a better quartet of par-threes in the state than at Pequabuck? You’ll have to think long and hard.
Best Hole: The 10th, both breathtakingly beautiful and agonizingly tough, plays from a high tee, beyond which the landscape plunges down into an expansive reservoir setting. Even if you manage to keep the ball on dry land with your tee shot, to make par you’ll still need an effective blast or chip or pitch—or simply a two-putt. Any of these can be tricky on and around the tenth green.

Hardest Hole: Ironically, playing ten, eleven and twelve can be almost therapeutic: they’re all so gorgeously scenic that they seem to wash away your concerns. Each one is also very tough, and eleven seems to me the toughest par on the golf course. The drive may be to an open-enough landing zone, though guarded strongly on the right by the reservoir. But the approach supplies the supreme challenge: you’ll need laser-like accuracy into a remarkably narrow and small green, which, incidentally, rolls down perilously toward the water. A good bet is to bounce the approach in from the right-side ridge.

Although Pequabuck’s design is clearly Golden Age, it lacks the typical trademarks of, say, a Ross design: there are no frequent optical illusions, no excessively sloping greens, and no such holes as “Volcanoes.” True, some of the greens slope pretty vigorously, and there are a couple of clever illusions built into the mix. But it hardly needs these sorts of things to impress. The genuinely tough holes here—and there are many—keep the pressure on throughout the round. Another great asset is the naturalness of the surroundings, leaving it hard for us to notice much deliberate shaping of the landforms. Here lies, you might say, the perfect antidote to those courses that pile on pointless design features, features which add zero to their playability or quality, although they do supply a measure of pretentiousness. Still, one thing is certain: Pequabuck retains an admirably classical approach and aesthetic.

There are certainly some golfers playing this game who accept the notion that newer courses are better. Does this enduring design represent the best public-access golf course in Connecticut? I would be hard-pressed to argue against it. Whatever your opinion, you should enjoy your golf here.

Other notes, comments, and opinions:
A)..Course conditioning ranks among the top tracks I’ve played this year. Everything seemed to be in the kind of shape that any good head greenskeeper would specify. My one objection is the intensely thick rough that borders some (not all) of the fairways—there is no intermediate cut. I lost a ball on 18, which was hit, I’m sure, barely off the fairway. Should decent shots incur this sort of penalty? No. I had no hope of finding my ball within a few minutes. But overall, conditioning was even better than last fall.
B) Friendliness and flexibility in the pro shop—in the person of Eric—was excellent. Impressive! And I chatted briefly with a few members who were extremely pleasant guys. The course has a great aura and atmosphere. Makes you want to come back again and again.
C) Pace of play was outstanding: I played in 3 hours, walking with my push-cart. The walk is a vigorous one, and I loved crossing the railroad tracks at 16.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Cold weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Playing through Corona

Only one per cart for social distancing. The front nine is compact with tee boxes right on top of others. Back is nicer with holes having more separation. Greens rolled true

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Welcome break from quarantine... unique course

This course was unique and interesting, even for the Northeast. It’s a par 69 course, with some shorter holes on the front... and more typical distances down the back. The course is maintained well enough from fairways through greens, but the tee boxes could definitely use work. The bunkers are hard to judge in the corona virus world... seemed fine. The course is tight, with some holes using white stakes to separate one hole from another. Spraying a drive into the next fairway can be a 2 stroke penalty, whereas courses with more room don’t seem to have this issue. The course is working with what it’s got, and I prefer this solution to simply being a spacious 9 hole course. People were raving on and on about the back 9, and while there is lots of water and some unquestionably unique holes... I still didn’t love it. No par 5’s on the back and lots of par 4 fatigue. This is not an easy course so don’t be fooled. But you can still shoot 20 over par and technically be in the 80’s... so idk take what you will from that.

All in all I would play here again if asked to. I probably won’t seek it out, there are other courses I might prefer at the $40-50 price point. Just my opinion, I could see why some would be loyal fans of the course.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 113
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Connecticut Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
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Countryside Bliss and a Riveting Back Nine

Pequbuck is a fascinating hybrid of a golf course. Mostly, it favors substance over style, its moderately –scaled fairways bending and twisting in classic fashion through forests of pine and oak, its tough green complexes always posing a challenge to your short game. Yet there are some flashier, modern holes here as well, where tumbling hills—reminiscent of British golf—add some drama, or long stretches of water side both fairways and greens, generating strong visual allure. At par 69, it has an extra par-three, but the five of these are all mid-range to long. And, while only two par fives are on hand, both exceed 500 yards. Add to this a quintet of long par-4’s, and Pequbuck plays, in reality, quite long (see note at end of review) even though its total yards are 6,015 from the blues.

What is most important, perhaps, about this course is its cunning layout. Today I was fortunate to join up over eighteen holes with Scott Dery, who has enjoyed countless rounds here and is a genuine Pequabuck aficionado. It is his considered opinion that this is a thinking man’s course, as it forces players to “always be planning their shots, carefully, on each and every hole. It’s not a simple drive-and-pitch golf course.” Scott is an excellent player who routinely hits 270-plus yard drives with his TM M-1 (he also birdied 1 and 10 today), so I’m inclined to put stock in his opinions. He proved an able guide throughout my first return visit to this course—which won’t be the last—in many a year. I also have to apologize to him for the lack of photos that were to accompany this review, due to a camera malfunction (he was helping me as we played with suggestions for pics of ideal angles on key holes, etc.).

Pequabuck’s first five holes are serviceably good, with an especially demanding long par-4 second, but the course stays in lower gear over the opening stretch until the sixth, when the elevation changes become more pronounced (Buckle up for a riveting experience, almost to conclusion). This par-3’s green of 169 yards is perched on a hillside; it is all carry to reach it with a mid-iron or hybrid. The distinguishing feature of this hole is this green’s pronounced tilt; it slopes dramatically downhill from left to right. Leave yourself a distance approaching—or exceeding—30 feet from the cup and you’re sadly in 3-putt city. It’s certainly a nicety to make a very hard-earned par at six, because after it you’ll be facing the par-5, 510 yard seventh, where the fairway drops into a huge swale from the tee, crests in the driving zone, then rises and falls—moving downhill—such that it appears like huge ocean waves, a beautifully irregular landscape that flattens eventually as it arrives at a smallish but tilted green (moving downhill from its high right side). Such contours make this a superlative and stunning golf hole.

The eighth, a strongly uphill and long par-3, features a rolling green flanked by bunkers set into its hillside. It’s another marvelous looking hole whose aesthetics may distract you from having to safely two-putt its surface. Nine is a handsome finisher on this outward side, a longish 4-par with another rolling and heaving landing zone that will test your driving skills. Once down this broad fairway, you will likely be left a mid-iron approach to its green, prettily set back in the pines.

In case, as of yet, golfers haven’t been entertained thoroughly enough here, there follows a ferocious back-nine—the subject of so much praise from previous reviews on Golf Advisor. And things get off to a rollicking start on 10, 11, and 12, arguably the best trio of back-to-back-to-back holes in Connecticut. From a high vantage point at tee ten, a spectacular par-three, you can see all that awaits you some 200 yards away at a green menacingly surrounded on both sides by a reservoir. Throw in a pair of flanking bunkers, some undulations, and a wooded backdrop, and the full scope of the threat below quickly becomes apparent. I was briefly imagining a watery grave for my Bridgestone (should my aerial assault via a 5-hybrid have misfired—by ever so little). Fortunately, my tee-shot stayed dry—though its landing spot did not leave me smiling.

The 11th hole is equally demanding and equally fantastic, lined by the same reservoir, now stretching from tee to green on its left. Down the right periphery of this fairway is a stately row of towering conifers, which concludes at a dauntingly small green. It is precariously situated on a hillside, its deep fall-off on the left side looming, and ready to catch the faintest pull or over-draw, which shall be swallowed by the reservoir. To add to the challenge, the green itself is a mere 17 yards wide, and a third of its surface slopes down sadistically toward the water. I should also mention that you have to putt the green, also no small task, on this number1 index hole. Of great appeal, too, for both its beauty and challenges is the rolling twelfth, a 407-yard par four with a fairway curving gently to the right as it falls markedly downhill, amidst the woodlands, to a circular and ably-defended green.

After these theatrics, you may enjoy what feels like a modest breather on the next three holes, yet this may well turn out to be an illusion. Each of these, in reality, poses tests of placement and straightness off the tee and into the green: Holes 13 and 15 dogleg in opposite directions, and the long par-4 (sandwiched between these two) places a premium on both length and precision. From a high tee at the following 16th, you’ll need another precisely-judged mid to short iron fired down to a bunker-flanked green with OB behind. Neither this tricky tee shot, nor what follows, is for the timid. Seventeen is simply a great hole, a short but uphill and dogleg-left par-4 that will potentially test both your long and shorter clubs—including those used greenside should you miss the putting surface. A sharply titled and strongly contoured green here will not take kindly to longer putts that are haphazardly judged. Eighteen is a good yet short finale that I found a tad anticlimactic after so much shot-for-shot excellence before it.

The long and short of it, when my round was done, was that I found myself in full agreement with the insightful Mr. Dery about the quality and outstanding playability of Pequabuck Golf Club. Built in 1902, it has stood well the test of time, and I observed that its conditioning was far, far better than when I last played it: during the spring of my senior year of high school. It brought back fond memories of competing on the golf team here. Despite its ‘shortness’ (we need to put that in air quotes, really), Pequabuck Golf Club can go toe-to-toe with virtually any other layout in Connecticut.

***An explanation on why this 6,015 course plays ‘long,’ in a few, short mathematical steps: A) At par 69, only 33 full shots are required from tee-to-green versus 36 on a par-72 course; B) Divide 6,015 by 33 to yield 182.27 yards per full shot; C) Multiply 182.27 yards by 36 shots (the comparable number for a par-72 course) to get 6,561 yards. The 6,561 is the EQUIVALENT YARDAGE on par-72 yard golf course, because both courses—whether 69 or 72-par—require an average of 182.27 yards per full shot. While I'm no Mark Broadie, this seems logical to me.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Amazing Golf Conditions.

Course is in great shape, greens are perfect and fast and the tee boxes and fairways are in great shape as well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent track

Course was in excellent shape from tee boxes to fairways to greens. Played along with three others, one being a member which was nice because there are some blind shots (doglegs) which require accurate tee shots to set up approaches to greens. There is quite a contrast in the layout of the front 9 and back 9 with the back 0 being a bit more interesting and scenic. Would definitely recommend playing here.

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

Most fairways in excellent condition. Some tee boxes pretty hacked up. Have to do something about the filthy geese on 10th & 11th holes especially

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens Recently Aerated!

Great day for golf- pace of play was excellent (everyone back to watching the NFL?). Greens were touch as they were recently aerated so very sandy. Overall, good value for the money!

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

night and day

Played course for first time. The front nine is congested with some tee boxes alongside greens/tee boxes/cart paths. Was ready to hit driver when detected motion, it was carts coming from another hole and the path is directly in front of me. Course was in decent shape and people were nice. (group of 4 in front was very very slow and even stopped alongside green to drink water, beer, and chat) instead of moving so we could hit) Then they quit after 9 and the back 9 is different. Lots of different elevation holes, water and alot of fun to play. Nobody in front of us and very unique holes. Make sure you play the back 9!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Used cart

Past member

I was a member there for many years. The course was in very good condition and the pace was good. However, they had 4 forward tee boxes that were moved up into the fairways which made the holes playing at a different par and not according to the scorecard, rating or slope. How to screw up your handicap. Just because the few women that belong there can't play from the normal tee boxes according to the scorecard doesn't mean women that come to play should have to. For the record, I played from where the red markers were supposed to be. Also, the men's gold tees rating/slope is a joke.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fine course

Fairways are in excellent condition. The greens were quite fast & some difficult to read.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The Rookie

I’m new to the game this year and have tried as many different courses I can. This place is beautiful as well as challenging for all golfers.Not only do I highly recommend this course, I can’t wait to go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Interesting Layout

The front 9 on this course is very tight and makes it difficult to score. It's not the longest course but can be very challenging if you aren't at the top of your game.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good Day

Nice course, perfect weather, course in great shape

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First experience

I was looking to book a last minute tee time Friday night and saw the great reviews and a lot of availability, so decided to try this course for the first time for an 11:32 tee time Saturday.

The pro shop person was very friendly and helpful, and the course was in great shape. There were only two of us in my group and we played in front of a foursome and never had to wait. The course was in great shape and will definitely play here again soon.

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