E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course

2.3333333333 2.3 stars from 5 (6)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 5931 yards
  • Slope: 121
  • Rating: 69.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirts must be worn at all times - no tank tops
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Accepted

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 5931 yards 69.5 121
White 71 5577 yards 68.0 118
Red (W) 73 5180 yards 71.4 122

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 1.9 stars from 5
Value: 2.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 1.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 2.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 6 Reviews
5 stars:
0
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

2 out of 6 reviews


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"Promises, promises"


coogi's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Last August Rob Tyska, the Golf Chairman at Brennan said they had received bids to rebuild/expand the tee boxes. To date, nothing has happened and from what I'm told no contract has been signed.Broken limbs from the storm MONTHS AGO remain hanging. The tee markers are often placed on the spot having the least amount of grass or is the most uneven. Does this person even play golf? Why not spend a few hundred $ to repaint the building & porch? Between the lack of paint and mold, it's an eyesore. The showers in the Mens locker room have been "under construction" for years...now functions as storage for broken furniture & junk! Have some respect for the place! Where's the pride? This course could be so much more if the Board did its job. Why have courses like Oak Hills, Tashua & Whitney Farms been able to improve their courses & facilities and increase course volume and you can't? True, there are budgetary constraints, but it's also about PRIORITIES.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/16/2018

We went out to bid twice on the tee project. In the first round we did not receive a bid for the work. In the second round we received one bid but when he returned his contract he crossed out language in it and it was rejected by the city. We are trying again but unfortunately we have to go through the city's purchasing department and they are slow in putting projects out to bid. Once again I encourage you to come to our meetings and express your concerns.


"Useless Rangers"


Golf9999's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I've played Brennan for 10+ years & some things never change. The tees are a disaster and the Rangers are useless...with exception of Spider. Never in my 10 years have I seen a Ranger speak to a foursome holding up the pace of play & that includes instances in which novices were teaching non golfers how to play. Never have I seen a Ranger speak to anyone about repairing ball marks on the green or replacing divots. The #1 priority (confirmed by conversations with Rangers) is to prevent anyone who has paid for an electric cart from giving someone walking a ride...even if only to bring someone up a hill to speed up play. For unknown reasons, this is Mike Sullivan's (greenskeeper) priority. Regarding the other comments here, I agree that the entire team needs to improve how it interacts with golfers (beginning with the greenskeeper) and the Board needs to step in and review priorities. Do their job! Make this a course people are proud of!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Underperforming course"


golfer8889's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I read coogi's comments and have to agree with his assessment. I've played at Brennan for years and very little has changed. I've also had playing partners give feedback as suggested...and no response. As for the greenskeeper & rangers, I've had mixed experiences. 2-3 of the rangers (Spider in particular) are terrific--helpful to players, cordial, give guidance, even replace divots. Unfortunately, there are others who sit in the shade talking on their cells or hunting for balls. Some of these rangers can be downright hostile. As for the greenskeeper, Mike is clearly dedicated to his job, but can be surly when dealing with players. Like it or not, this is a business and players are CUSTOMERS. There's so much that could be done to make this a more appealing course. Coogi's right on one thing: where is the Board?


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Falling Below its Potential"


coogi's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is a course which could offer so much more. The good news: it's cheap & easy to get out. The bad news: sand traps can be full of rocks, finding grass of some tees can be tough, greens are rock-hard, & the greenskeeper & some rangers treat players like the enemy. For years, the excuse has been that Brennan has less $$ than Sterling (the other Stamford public course). But look at Tashua or Whitney Farms--both public & have made changes resulting in higher demand/revenue for those courses. Both look more like private clubs than beat-up metropolitan courses. Why doesn't the Board send the greenskeeper to Tashua or Whitney Farms to learn more about course mgmt as well as how to treat players? There's no evidence that the Board solicits feedback from players regarding the course nor of how people are treated by the greenskeeper & staff? This needs to be run more like a business with customers than a local government operation. The Board needs to understand its responsibilities & act like a Board!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/01/2017

The Golf Commission meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm in the clubhouse. Each meeting starts with an opportunity for the public to make comments on the golf course. I hope you will attend to provide your feedback to us directly. We are currently in the bid process to hire a contractor to rebuild and expand the tee boxes that were not done in our last wave of improvements.

Rob Tyska

Chairman

Golf Commission


"Good accessible course: user friendly"


ponzlaw's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Nice course. The first hole is legendary because it is front of the Restaurant and everyone is watching lol The pro is nice as is most of the staff.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Stamford's "other" course"


Disc0Lem0nade's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/10/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

Whereas Sterling Farms draws people from all around Fairfield, NYC and Westchester - Brennan (aka Hubbard Heights) is the local's course. Its generally not as polished as Sterling and doesn't have the driving range nor the other amenities. The course layout is an afterthought, of sorts. This year they have cherry bunkers (like Sterling's) and the poa greens (when attended to) are quite phenomenal and fast. The rough is ... generally in rough shape (thin and rocky). Its a touch more difficult than Sterling with a lot of blind approaches and small greens throughout.

btw: the clubhouse has terrific food.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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