Must Plays: Connecticut National
Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam, Ct. was reworked by accomplished golf course architect Mark Mungeam and his efforts made the layout one of the best in southern New England.
Nestled in what is known as “The Quiet Corner” of Connecticut, the northeast quadrant, the club was purchased by Jim Dandeneau and Brad Rabitor in 2007. They brought in accomplished golf course architect Mark Mungeam to oversee the redesign and he worked his usual magic.
The re-do turned the layout into a pleasant mix of links and parkland holes, with the open holes having only a few trees on them, as well as the usual high fescue rough off the fairways.
The par-three ninth was stretched from 112 yards to 162 yards, and the par-three 15th from 140 yards to 217 yards from the back markers.
The 507-yard par-five first, the monstrous 476-yard par-four second, the 223-yard par-three fourth, and the whopping 604-yard par-five sixth make the beginning of a round challenging.
The layout also ends in very demanding fashion, with the 462-yard par-four 16th, the 432-yard par-four 17th, and the 588-yard par-five 18th, which tumbles downhill through a chute of trees and where many a match is won or lost. But a number of the par-fours are on the short side and there are birdie opportunities to be had.
Connecticut National Golf Club