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4.0
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4.1
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Holes 9
Type Public/Municipal
Par 35
Length 2966 yards
Slope 117
Rating 34.4
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Farmingbury Hills Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1930

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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4.0
43 Reviews (43)
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1.0
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The most poorly run course I’ve ever had the misfortune of playing

Conditions Fair
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5.0
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Conditions Good
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3.0
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Previously Played

Glad it’s open

The fact that it’s open is awesome. With the rain we’ve had lately it was wet but not bad. Some greens were great but not all. That’s ok. It’s golf during a pandemic. I’ll take it. And be back.

Conditions Fair
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3.0
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4.0
Previously Played

Nice Course

This is a nice course if you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere where you can play a round of golf and not feel rushed.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Okay

Course was in fairly good shape compared to when I played it many years ago. We played 18. We teed off at 12:40pm, tee time was reserved for 12:14. No big deal, as we had to wait for carts. We did not finish until 5:45 pm. Foursome in front were extremely slow, but not worth getting upset about, as we are fortunate to be able to play.

Hopefully as the NY and MA courses start to open up we will get back to a more normal pace of play.

Conditions Average
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Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great time and safe

Had a great time. Adhered to the 6 feet and social distancing rule. Was very impressed. Should spread t times a little more but overall was a great time

Conditions Excellent
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Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
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Amenities Excellent
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Awful.

Made the turn and they had 2 groups of walkers in front. Really. Learn the game new owners you don’t do that. If someone Books 18 you don’t allow 2 walking 4 somes at turn. Unacceptable. Never playing there again.

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4.0
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Previously Played

Great place

All covid precautions by CDC followed, a little crowded but still got in under 4:30 totally recommend

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Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
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4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Good experience

Overall thought the course was good. Conditions pretty good for the recent rain. Greens had some odd movement. Good value for the price.

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Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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1.0
Previously Played

Awful

Booked and paid in advance on golf now showed up today and place is closed with note on proshop door closed for the season! Why are u listing tee times and taking money if your not open waste of time

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 60
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked

Winter Games

Because conditions were far from ideal here during the Connecticut winter, my son and I consigned to play something less than ‘real’ golf. We tried match play, but playing without tee markers and minus the pins in the cups, it all quickly seemed unrealistic. A bit worse still, hitting into greens hardened by cold was far from optimal. Still, we had a good deal of fun—it was far better than hitting at the range or playing on a simulator.

We booked the 9-hole round through GolfNow; I checked the F.H.C.C. website and read the message that the course was open for play today. The rate was indeed excellent, but when we arrived there was no one manning the pro shop, nor golf carts on the premises. Since plenty of groups were out on the course—and we had paid in advance—we went ahead. Perhaps GolfNow and FHCC could get their signals a bit straighter about the course’s ‘open for play’ and attendant golf cart status. Overall, we were just happy to get out and play (or really ‘scrimmage’) at this odd date, considering this is Connecticut.

I have included here a few pictures—outtakes, really—from our highly enjoyable round back in early November.

My strong impressions of a stellar layout were reinforced here today, despite the sub-standard playing conditions (which were fully expected). The strong Golden Age design qualities allow for strategic shot-making on a nearly regular basis. One fine example of this occurs on the eighth hole, when played as a par four. The tee shot must carry an angular ridge, set on the diagonal, which may tempt players into biting off more than they can chew. Another strategic gambit should be considered at the previous hole, whereby one may seduced into taking the inside route on the dogleg right for a shorter approach shot. Doing so, however, only leads to a far more awkward shot to a green now, in effect, skewed from the line of play. A far more prudent approach is to drive down the left side for a somewhat longer second shot, but one that opens up the green directly. Such a choice reflects exactly what Nicklaus refers to with his phrase “percentage golf.”

Frankly, few nine-holers in the state of Connecticut require such tactics, though I’m anxious to play Hotchkiss School G.C., as well as revisiting a few others I’ve played long ago, for comparison’s sake.

The other thing that again bowled me over about Farmingbury Hills was its fantastic fourth and fifth holes, a dynamic duo in the fullest sense of that phrase. The former is an incomparable driving hole, with a view from the tee to match, while the latter offers one of the most formidably set greens I’ve yet to encounter. The green itself is sizeable and certainly receptive, but is placement atop a huge and steep hill makes clubbing your second shot a tall order (no pun intended). The hill is monstrous looking and shaped something like an inverted anvil.

Judging by the overall reviews here, which are respectable but not quite glowing (overall) for FHCC, I’d call this track a serious sleeper. I highly recommend it when spring arrives; for now, given realistically lower expectations, it may still be part of your ‘winter games.’

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 60
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Friendly Golf Club, Formidable Course

In the golf world, ratings can be a funny thing—and sometimes they may even seem downright laughable. Prior to my round here, I noticed, in a certain widely-circulated golf directory, that Farmingbury Hills Country Club carried no rating. Other area nine-hole tracks were also omitted (very good ones, in my judgment) while, for whatever reason(s), a pair of other nearby nine-holers was included in the ratings—they shall also be nameless, as I don’t want to offend anyone—and merited two stars (equating to “good”). Now, these tracks were both UNDER 2,000 yards and had slope ratings hovering around 100, but they carried, in this guide, the same rating as Pequabuck, a course I recently reviewed and currently running at 4.6/5 stars on this website. At minimum, then, Golf Advisor puts us back into the realm of sanity!

Here, let me editorialize: Uh, there’s simply no way that a course with a slope rating of 124, as is Pequabuck’s, is in the same universe as this (alluded-to) pair of Connecticut courses, courses which I’m sure have their charms, though I’m not planning a pilgrimage to either in the near, or even distant, future.

The idea of Farmingbury Hills not being rated, and therefore not deemed worthy of a rating, no matter the golf guide, is something of a joke. I’ve never played Farmingbury—it’s a 50-minute drive from my house—until today. And it was a revelation, pure and simple. I will certainly be returning, despite the drive, along with my son, who appreciated it just as much.

This course carries a stroke rating of 68.5 against a par of 70 and a slope of 123 from the blue tees. It plays not one iota short of such ratings, and—I’m fully confident—exceeds them. The question that remained for me after finishing up this round became this: Is there a better nine-hole course in Connecticut? Nothing was called to mind. I remember very much enjoying Pomperaug in Southbury, where I played home high-school matches, and, while it was indeed an interesting course, it comparatively falls somewhat short of FHCC, primarily because it is less three-dimensional, both literally and figuratively: it is too flat and relies on simple, target golf on a few too many holes.

This course has neither of these flaws. Built in the early-mid 1920’s (designer unknown), it is classically styled with mainly small greens; it is relatively open (though not field-like) driving areas; it has an emphasis on ground movement. The latter aspect is critical, because there is a good chance the architect—like most architects from that era—was Scottish, and this course has a distinctly Scottish feel to it. However, we’re talking inland, not links, style, and more specifically a course you might find in the Highlands. Farmingbury takes full advantage of elevation changes, ranging from large to massive, typical of the western Connecticut hills, and the slopes here are often exhilarating.

Speaking of Scotland, the first hole’s green complex, sporting a small and sloping putting surface, looks like a Donald Ross creation. It’s designed artfully, fortified by large, well-formed bunkers and boasting subtle but flowing contours around the green’s periphery. Tee-to-green, this opener is less exciting, but who’s going to object to a low-key starter? The second is a more high-powered hole: long and downhill, but with a leftward slope that may toss your Titleist into the woods (OB). The long approach here sets up best for a straight or faded iron shot, because a large tree guards the right edge of the fairway. Pars are fully earned at two. The third hole, a short, downhill par-4, should be receptive to birdies with a solid and relatively straight drive, followed by a precise wedge—but you’ll still have to putt the sloping green well to make a par.

So far, the course is not heavily resistant to scoring, but things change dramatically over the next stretch: holes 4 through 7 are all dynamos. The fourth, a 373 yard downhill four-par, has the double distinction of scenic beauty and high difficulty. Perched on a high tee, one may find some beguiling distractions below: the view of the road; the long, scenic vista; the verdant hole that unfolds leftward. The hole’s challenge is formidable: it features an angled fairway with OB looming left and the road right. But this tee shot is eminently fair, by virtue of a just-broad-enough landing zone, yet, should any curve be applied to a driven golf ball flying downward with substantial hang-time, results shall be imperiled. After a solid drive, most players will have a mid-iron to wedge into the green at four.

The fifth follows up with more dramatics. After an uphill drive to a semi-blind but wide fairway, the approach shot will be to a green situated atop a towering and very steep hill. The upward rise seems to be between forty and fifty feet (see accompanying photo), and I found it to be a ‘three-club’ difference to reach the green. Another stern uphill carry comes on the heels of this one at six, a short par-3 of 125 yards. To add to the festivities, the green cants downward from back to front. Seven completes this quintet of outstanding golf holes. The drive must find its way to a suitable destination on this dogleg-right par-4 of 419 yards. The next shot, however, will require all your talent with an approach ranging from 150 to 180 yards: it must land on a smallish green with a steep falloff on the right, further protected by a bunker at the base of this mini-bluff.

Fortunately, Farmingbury Hills closes with a pair of good but somewhat less demanding holes. The eighth, an uphill—but much shorter—two-shotter that doglegs right, features another well-protected green (yawing, deep bunker on the right). Yet this putting surface is far friendlier than the previous one. Nine plays long from the deep tees (531 yards), and will be just out of reach in two for all but long hitters, but it’s open on the drive and the lay-up, while a good wedge on the third will still yield a birdie opportunity.

Today I also enjoyed speaking with the very genial pro at Farmingbury, Mr. Craig Kealey, who will tell you, with refreshing and agreeable understatement, that “we have a nice course here.” The experience was also bettered when we met up with a terrific playing partner, a retired teacher who frequently plays here and thoroughly enjoys it (he’s pictured in the photo of the fifth green, behind my son, who had just chipped in for a birdie). Incidentally, this gentleman also mentioned that the food in the on-site restaurant is excellent, which features impressive, stylish décor inside. It’s notable, too, that the course itself is in equally appealing playing condition.

I have seldom played at courses where, almost spontaneously in the parking lot, golfers chat about their rounds and how much they enjoyed their day or the course. But I noticed that phenomenon here on three separate occasions, and loved the wholly unpretentious feel to this club.
Although Farmingbury Hills is playable by just about any golfer, serious players should definitely give it a go. This outstanding layout, decidedly ‘old-school’ though it may be, offers up charms that greatly outnumber its minor deficiencies. It is the antithesis of designs of the Trent Jones and Dye varieties, but, even though I respect the work of those modern-day trend-setters, I can’t help admiring any course with features that demand the widest range of skills, most importantly imaginative and creative shot-making.

Although FHCC has its own, individual design stamp, there's also a good deal of Donald Ross (or Scottish) classicism impressed into this course, and it is the better for it. Farmingbury is also reasonably priced and thus a very agreeable value.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Value

Beginner golfer. Enjoyed the course. Will definitely go back

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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