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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Par 28
Length 1384 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Course Details

Year Built 1994
Architect Al Zikorus

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted None
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

4.2
3 Reviews (3)
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Reviews 23
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

What a place to help with your short game. Very friendly and good for kids tougher greens than you think will be back.. Very well groomed

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 104
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
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First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

Executive Sweet

Gainfield Farms, located close to the center of Southbury and not far from I-84, proved to be a very pleasant and quick walk around this par-28 of 1384 yards. Playing this nine should take around 90 minutes, which is exactly the point of any executive layout.

Built on a farm, this would seem a perfect place for junior golfers, especially those learning the game, or anyone else at the beginner or developing levels. Gainfield mostly goes beyond the average executive because the holes feel genuine: they’re not overly simplified. Al Zikorus applied his design wisdom, just as at Portland West, to fashion holes that are not just an easy ‘walk in the park’ (and yes, this is a parkland-styled course) but also offer some genuine challenges.

An ideal example of the rigor here comes at the third, a steeply uphill 3-par of 188 yards (back tees) with an impressively well-defended green. I found myself hitting a 3-hybrid slightly left of the 20-yard-wide putting surface—Egad!—which shunted my ball down a slope, leaving me with a delicate pitch. These, to say the least, are not the kind of difficulties I expect on most executive tracks.

While the third may be the toughest hole, the eighth, a mini-beast that runs straight uphill to a perched green, ranks second. Usually I hit an eight iron some 140-145 yards, but I had to use it here from 127. The converse of this hole, a mere yard longer, comes at the 9th, running directly down the same hill to a small green sided by a sizeable, rightward bunker. The views from the eighth green and ninth tee are quite impressive—a bonus. It was quite an experience for me to glimpse, through the trees and beyond the course, my old elementary/middle school soccer fields, especially because I now visit Southbury so infrequently.

Two other noteworthy holes are the uphill par-4 second (the layout’s lone two-shooter) at 261 yards, along with the elegant seventh—my favorite hole—a nice downhill 195 yarder from whose tee I hit 6-iron. It’s an enjoyable sight to watch your ball float down the hill to this fairly receptive but also beautifully contoured green.

The other holes are all pretty pedestrian 3-pars, with a trio of them coming back-to-back-to-back at 4, 5, and 6. All are short, giving you an opportunity to work out the kinks in your short iron/wedge game. Still, Mr. Zikorus was careful to give these green complexes bunkers, slopes, and elevation (above grade) that save them from being dull.

The layout’s only real shortcoming is the want of a couple of more par-fours, which would make it a more typical executive nine, on which par ranges between 30 and 32 (Portland West, for example, is par-60 for its eighteen holes). I only pulled out a driving club once here, at the second.

But an equally notable strength is Gainfield’s first-rate conditioning, especially on and around the greens, which surprisingly boast virtual country club conditions (a couple of them also have devilish slopes to challenge your putting skills). Given the relatively straightforward golf, though, you’ll be able to enjoy the laid-back, bucolic setting here as well. And the woman who was managing the pro-shop today was genuinely friendly.

All things considered, Gainfield Farms rates a strong recommendation. What distinguishes it from typical executive fare is that the tougher holes demand some thinking. All golfers, lower-handicap players included, should give this a whirl. It seems highly doubtful that they’ll be disappointed. Driving home, I felt a bit of regret that I hadn’t taken my son to Gainfield when he was between six and ten.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

Great Par 3

Terrific Par 3 course that is no pitch-and-putt. Better bring a driver, the Par 4 2nd hole goes up hill forever. Always seems to be in great shape. Not much sand to deal with, but several hidden greens. Lots of elevation change, don't be afraid to drive a cart. Can play it in 90 minutes or less, but there is a large elderly population in town, so choose your tee time wisely.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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