Mike Svab, head professional and manager at Norwich Golf Course in Norwich, Ct., said the aim of the club’s management is quite simple, to provide a great experience for all players.
The golf course is in great shape and aeration is over and healed. Norwich has always been known for its fine playing conditions and as a fun, somewhat tricky layout that is approachable and interesting for players of all abilities. The course has quite a history, having opened way back in 1925, on July 4th no less. It was designed by Tull and Tull, a famous golf course architectural firm of the day, and there is some indication that Walter Travis, a noted designer and legendary amateur player, had a hand in the routing, or at least offered suggestions to Tull and Tull.
Norwich isn’t long, just 6,191 yards from the tips. But its slope of 131 from the championship markers gives you an idea of just how difficult it can be to navigate this track. The course features three sets of tees for different skill levels and the greens and fairways are rye grass. There is no water on any of the holes and quite a bit of elevation changes, both off the tees and on approach shots to the small and pushed up greens.
There are several short par-fours, the first, second, sixth, eighth and 17th, where the green can be reached, or approximated, by big hitters off the tee. But ample bunkering on some of these holes and mounding can cause problems even on short pitch shots. A few of the par-fours, like the third and 10th, while not long dogleg, which places a premium on hitting the fairway in the proper position to leave an unfettered approach to the undulating greens.
The progression of holes at Norwich is somewhat eclectic; there is only one par-five and one par-three on the front side with three par-threes and two par-fives on the back. The 14th is the longest hole on the course at 560 yards. The layout ends in an unusual fashion, with a par-three that plays 178 yards from the back markers.