If you haven’t played golf at Connecticut National, grab your sticks and GPS and head out to this off-the-beaten path scenic wonder, nestled in “The Quiet Corner” of Connecticut. Formally known as Putnam C.C., this Mark Mungeam redesign has created a new appearance and “feel”. You’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away to a faraway land! Home to lots of wildlife, you’re likely to spot red-tail hawks and wild turkey. I’ve been told that in autumn gobbling sounds of wild turkeys echo throughout the countryside. Practice on their revamped driving range with target greens or putt on one of two putting greens overlooking the breathtaking countryside below, punctuated with the only home you’ll see while playing this course. The castle-like mansion in the distance adds to the mystical feel.

Getting back to the golf…the mix of parkland and links-style holes offer variety, lots of visual appeal and memorability. Expect to get distracted by the astounding vistas like the 8th hole’s spectacular valley view, dramatic downhill fairway to a small green bordered by a pond on right, mounding and traps on left. From the forward tees, this player-friendly 18- hole course features a manageable 5002-yards, and slope/rating of 69.2/119. The wide-open fairways have ample, visible yardage markers every 25 yards and signage for holes making it easy to navigate. The front nine’s dramatic elevation changes, sloping fairways and doglegs challenge your club selection. The rolling fairways, distinctive mounding, and water features on the back nine offer a more links feel. Shot accuracy is essential to score well, as an errant shot may land you on one of the many fescue-covered mounds bordering the fairways, or in the high fescue rough. Connecticut National has it all…great ambience, challenging yet fair layout, plush conditions, inviting clubhouse restaurant with mouthwatering menu selections and unbeatable SPECIAL RATES! www.ctnationalgolf.com