Chippanee CC Enters a New Era
Chippanee Country Club in Bristol, Ct. is entering a new era in 2015.
The club was purchased over the winter and the new owners are keeping the club private, as they plan for the future of the 92-year-old facility. Subscribers of Golfing Magazine New England can access this stellar layout by using their Course Play Stimulus card this year.
In 1923, 15 local golf enthusiasts held a meeting at the Bristol National Bank to discuss possible sites for a golf club. A previously appointed committee recommended the purchase of “Dunhurst,” the country estate of Edward G. Dunbar, located at the top of Chippens Hill. The estate had a wonderful view overlooking the countryside, which included a homestead that would be converted into a clubhouse. The name of the club was voted on and it became Chippanee Golf Club. The following month, club officers and a board of directors were elected. The front nine was built by local golfer and industrialist Herbert Lagerblade in 1923. The back nine was added by the membership in the late 1950’s.
Although the course plays to a par 70 from the blue tees (a modest 6,310 yards), Chippanee has small, challenging greens and tight narrow fairways. There are 33 sand traps throughout the course with water coming into play on the par-five fourth hole, the par-four 10th hole, and the par-three eleventh hole. I found the course to be eminently fair and not overly tough, and a track that players of all abilities would be able to approach without too much trouble, even higher handicap golfers.
The club offers a number of levels of membership, including family, limited family, single, social and senior. The club’s Junior Golf Program is directed by Director of Golf, Gary Sassu, who was voted the top junior teacher in the state of Connecticut in 2004.
The club’s dining room offers a scenic view of the first fairway, making it a great setting for a private function. There’s a cozy bar and covered patio off the bar, which makes it ideal for relaxing after a round on a warm weather day. The atmosphere at Chippanee is relaxed, not stuffy, as you may find at some private clubs.