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4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.5
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4.0
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3.9
94.3%
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4.3
32 Reviews (32)
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4.3
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4.0
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3.8
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4.6
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 70
Length 6120 yards
Slope 124
Rating 70.1

The Tradition Golf Club at Wallingford is one of the most affordable rounds in the area and it has received praise as one of the best golf courses in Connecticut. The par-70 layout is player friendly enough for beginners but low handicappers will also find it to be a fun round. The holes are fairly straightforward though there are some fairways that have very narrow landing areas that will test the accuracy of even the best golfers. Numerous bunkers are strategically placed along the undulating greens and water also comes into play on the occasional hole. The golf course starts out gently but becomes progressively more challenging on the back nine. The most memorable hole on the golf course, the par-3 12th, is a water hole that features an intimidating island green.

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Course Details

Year Built 1981
Golf Season Year round
Architect Alfred H. Tull Roger Rulewich (2000) Ted Manning (1981)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.3
264 Reviews (264)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 19
Patio Dining 16
Watching the Game 11
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 27
Elevation Changes 24
Bunkers 23
This course/club is great for:
Locals 22
Advanced Golfers 20
Entertaining Clients 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 20
In the 'Burbs 17
Convenient to the City 15

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Island Green

Great course and conditions. Good value. Would definitely play again especially for the island green.

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Tradition, Wallingford

Course has been very consistent and is in reasonable condition. Other than the Island green the par threes could use some excitement.

Conditions Average
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Difficulty Moderate
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Handicap 5-9
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A very enjoyable day

Playing from the Blue tees, the course is really quite challenging.. It was quite soft with the rain and resulting course conditions but there are a number of great holes. The island par 3 , 12th and then the tricky 16th and 17th are the perfect choke holes coming in. We had lunch afterwards and the fish tacos and burger were awesome and good value. The critics will complain about the overhead wires but there is no better use for the land than a golf course...

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
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4.0
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Fun and Challenging

This course is one of the courses than when you play it once or twice you remember every hole. Some are memorable for being challenging, some are memorable for being quirky and some because you just need to remember for next time. I had played here regularly with a work league, and enjoy returning and playing with buddies. Many trees have come down due to storms, and some holes benefited from this. The course was in very nice shape, with only a few holes having remnants of low spots that flooded and became spotty. The greens for the most part are well kept and make the play enjoyable. Slow play can be a problem at times, especially on 6-9 where a par 5, a short par 4, a par 3, come before the number one handicap hole the ninth. If you are looking for a weekday afternoon or late day this is located just off 91 in Wallingford and well worth a play.

Conditions Good
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Layout Good
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Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 20-24
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Conditions Fair
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Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Reviews 103
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

A Few Careful Steps Outside of Tradition

Front Nine Review:

This attractive golf course, with an impressive clubhouse, outdoor dining, and well-cared-for grounds, projects an upscale feel, though it is reasonably priced. It also has a distinctly modern feel in both design and setting, which includes huge power lines (if only on the first few holes of the front), bordering condominiums, train tracks, and I-91 nearby. But The Tradition, despite its name, departs somewhat from the traditional on several holes of its opening nine. The course starts generically enough on its opening two holes, both mid-length par-4s and fairly spacious. Hole one travels uphill to a pitched green; the second hole crosses a valley to its landing area, the approach shot ascending uphill to a double-bunkered green with large mounds behind it.

Less predictable—and demanding more precision—is the par-3 third. Very short at 106 yards (white tees), its green is still well-protected by a pair of deep bunkers covering its entire frontal periphery. The putting surface itself features ticklish contours and a beautiful vista extends behind it, far beyond the roofs of the condos.

Then some high quality, not-so-traditional holes assert themselves at the mid-length fourth and fifth. The former is the 3 index and bends downhill to the left, making for a tricky tee shot to a largely hidden fairway. It will be followed up by a wedge to a tight, sloping green tucked in among the woods and condos. The fifth, on the other hand, opens up more on the drive, playing slightly uphill to a green which slopes with this hillside. Big bunkers, guarding both front and back of this green, add a nice aesthetic look. And putting on some of this green’s more extreme slopes will challenge you. Five may not be a purely ‘outside-the-box’ hole, but it is cleverly done and requires precision to play four good strokes here.

The one par-five on this nine comes at the sixth, a long-range proposition (518, whites; 554, blues) that gently bends leftward all the way to its pitched green, set hard against the woods on the right. It’s another conservative hole holding no big surprises, though its green slopes aggressively.

Hole seven, one of the best of the nine, measures only 281, yet it puts up a fight on the drive: an angled piece of fairway (over the last 30-40 yards) is surrounded by four fairway and two frontal greenside bunkers. It didn’t make great sense to me to drive into the midst of these six bunkers for the small advantage afforded; so it’s a good strategic hole, especially with the added option of trying to make it a one-shotter. That would require, however, a perfect tee shot with height and some bite.
The eighth was the only hole I thought average: it’s a competent but dull downhill three-par of 160 without bunkers and sided mostly by trees. Making up for it is the ninth, a longer four-par (and number 1 index) travelling to a fairly level driving area, then drastically uphill on the second to a fairly narrow green, a green difficult to hit in regulation and beset by heavy woods on the left.

This nine, then, balances traditional holes with four less typical ones—which are 4,5,7, and 9—each possessing some strategic option(s) or extra difficulty or other aspect of interest.

The Tradition may not be the kind of course that bowls everyone over, but its design is solid, fair, varied, and intelligent. Then again, we should expect as much from architects like Tull, Manning, and Rulewich. This layout put enough stress on my game (the course’s slope is 124 from the blues) on enough holes to keep me well engaged.

Conditioning ranged from good overall (fairways, rough, greenside areas) to very good (tees) to excellent (the smooth, fairly fast greens). No surprise that this hot, dry summer has taken some of the luster from a course that I would imagine is usually conditioned very well or even excellently in all facets.

One thing is certain, though: my enjoyment of this nine will spur me to return to play the entire eighteen.

Other notes & comments:

A) Covid-19 precautions were outstanding.
B) Fairly accessible (about 4-5 minutes) off of I-91.
C) Played with a true gentleman who joined me on the fourth. What impressed me most about him, among several admirable qualities, was how he played the game despite having suffered, many years ago, a very difficult injury. Amazing courage. We had some fun together, both chatting and playing golf.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

will come again

fast greens, variety of easy and challenging holes

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Really Great!!!

I played this course with one of my friends and we both enjoyed it! The course has a good layout and it is in great shape. Some tricky holes, but nothing ridiculous. The staff at this course are very nice.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

A few fun holes especially the island par three and the 17th hole. The course was not very forgiving if you were just off the fairways or to the right or left of the greens. Getting anything to eat or drink was very much a challenge. There is a bar you can go into to grab something to eat or drink at the 6th hole but there was a shower or some kind of event going on. This made it impossible for any golfer to grab a quick drink or a bite to eat. We were told there were two beverage carts on the course. We were trilled to hear this seeing it was 95 degrees out but we didn't see anyone until the 7th hole. I will give the course major props that they had a few people out in the back nine handing out free water. That was a nice touch especially because we only saw a beverage cart one more time throughout the round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice course

Staff was very friendly, had an issue with tee time scheduled on app but they accommodated us and got us right out. Play slow in beginning but nice group ahead of us let us play through and was excellent after that.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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