Simsbury Farms Golf Club
|Blue M: 71.2/129||373||400||402||180||505||385||551||300||195||3291||375||374||565||185||475||337||233||340||422||3306||6597|
|White M: 69.2/126 W: 74.8/130||341||381||361||160||487||361||535||279||178||3083||360||335||533||169||465||325||200||322||386||3095||6178|
|Combo M: 68.3/125||341||360||335||160||487||310||513||279||157||2942||360||327||474||169||465||325||196||322||372||3010||5952|
|Green M: 67.8/124||335||360||335||145||475||310||513||270||157||2900||338||327||474||153||440||299||196||282||372||2881||5781|
|Red M: 66.2/121 W: 70.8/122||325||353||314||109||390||263||496||265||125||2640||320||318||470||128||421||297||155||278||361||2748||5388|
Even more pleasant than I remember
Simsbury Farms was my high school home course, and between the nostalgia and some tangible efforts the town has put into sprucing up the course (new-look bunkering, plus some other improvements), SFGC seems to be better than ever. The Geoffrey Cornish classic sports a very good set of greens, some of which are nearly 50 yards from front to back, and others that are scary-steep from back to front, such that leaving yourself above the hole is a near-guaranteed three-putt. The course is not terribly long or punishing off the tee, so the putting surfaces form its main defense. Best of all, Simsbury Farms is inexpensive to play and justifiably beloved by locals. A sneaky-good muni.
Nice Course If You Can Find It
Simsbury Farms is a very well-kept public course located about 20 miles from the I-84/I-91 junction in Hartford. But, getting there can be especially challenging from south or east of Hartford. The course is located in the sticks and most GPS’s and Google Maps directs you via RT 44 and thru Hartford. Do not take this route. Better yet, get on I-91 North and continue to Exit 38 (Day Hill Rd) and let your GPS find the course from there. Once there you’ll find that the golf course is part of a large municipal sports complex comprised of tennis courts, an outdoor, enclosed hockey rink, and a swimming pool. There’s even an apple orchard within the complex that’s part of the course.
This track is laid out over rolling hills with stunning views especially in the fall. The best leaf peeping hole is from the #7 tee. Simsbury Farms is busy all season and very popular with women, seniors and numerous golf leagues that play there regularly. Fairways are quite wide, greens well-manicured and green-to-next tee box routes are short and logical. The golfing facilities are compact: there is ample parking next to the clubhouse and the bag drop is close to the pro shop and 1st & 10th tee boxes. Adjoining the first fairway is a driving range. Behind the range is a large, flat putting green, the clubhouse and the starters podium.
Our group usually plays from the whites here (5800 yards) while the course ranges from 5409 to 6509 yds. Even from the whites two of the par 5’s were 533 and 535 yards. Ponds come into play on holes 3, 5 & 15. On three and fifteen you’ll need to carry the pond on your drive, which should be no problem for average players. On the 5th, (500 yds blues) your approach shot is over a pond so a layup before the pond is necessary for most players. Long hitters can reach the green in two. But, be aware that there is a narrow, water-filled ditch that runs down the entire left side of the 5th fairway to the pond. Be careful with tee shots on 1 & 10 as you cannot see the group in front of you until well after they’ve hit their second shots. An “all-clear” bell on these holes would be helpful. The middle fairway of holes 1 & 10 were also resodded this spring and are just starting to fill in but are very playable. On the back nine, holes 13 & 17 share an hourglass-shaped green, which give players a very large putting surface. The course is rather hilly so taking a cart is a good option for many players.
The only problem we had this day was a very slow walking foresome in front of us. They held up everyone behind them and had a two hole gap between them and the next group. Thankfully they only played nine. A ranger was needed, but none was on the course.
The restaurant food is good and orders can be phoned in for pickup at the turn. There's a bar in the restaurant, although you'd never notice it. No beer taps, liquor bottles, etc in site. it looks more like a no frills snack shack at the turn.
This course is great for all players. I rate the course a 4.. If they had a diligent ranger and a restaurant that looks like the place to order a beer or a gin & tonic , I’d give it a 4.5.
(Delayed entry)My friend raved about this course, and now I know why. This was a fun and fair test. The course is forgiving and the greens rolled true. The town of Simsbury does an excellent job of maintaining the course, and the food at the turn was delicious. Played a weekday late morning and the place was packed, but we never felt rushed, nor did we have to wait long between holes. The round flowed nicely and at a steady pace.
Lee's Course Review
Excellent distances on the pair 5's, the pair three's are moderately difficult and a few of the fours are up hill.