Here is my sleeper pick. This course gets even less talk than CT National and is on my top 5 CT course list. Fairview Farm is right off of Rt 8 in Harwinton which is one town south of Torrington. It all starts with the entrance. The winding uphill driveway takes you to the clubhouse providing views of a couple holes, the driving range, and the signature shared green of 9 and 18. The course itself is picturesque and spacious as it sits on 170 acres of land.
Hole 1 puts the pressure on you right away; a downhill narrow par 4 surrounded by trees that makes it maybe the most intimidating opening hole in the state. Hole 2 comes right back and is up hill with a larger landing area. Hole 3 is a par 5 that goes back down the hill leading to a big downhill par3 with a neat multi level tee box. No need for a driver on hole 5. Hole 6 is a beautiful somewhat short par 5 but the skinny green makes it hard to hit if you go for it in 2. Next up is a par 3 with a large green and a tee box along side the large lake. If you thought hole 1 was tight, you should def lay up on hole 8. Hole 9 is another beauty that brings you up to the turn. Hole 10 is a long par 3 that plays at least one club less but make sure you have enough to carry the hazard. Holes 11-13 are pretty simple and lead up to a short dogleg right 14. It reads 330 on the card but if you pick the right line you can easily hit the green(I went over it with prob my best drive of the day). Next up is hole 15 which is my favorite hole there. Elevated tee box with a classic red farm on the left and wetlands on the right. #16 is a par 5 with handicap 2. Usually I don’t agree with high handicaps on par 5s but this one deserves it. Lay up on 17 and then give it everything you got left on 18 going uphill to the house.
I suggest enjoying food on the terrace overlooking the shared green after your round. Place is perfect for outings.
Tee times can be made by calling the pro shop at 860.689.1000. I strongly recommend playing their 9 hole sister course Stonybrook before or after your round. Its a top 5 9 hole course in CT.
Overall it gets a 9.5 and is a MUST play.
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