Robert McNeil of Northeast Golf Company took a layout, now the Mohegan Sun Golf Club, which was first designed by Geoffrey Cornish and reworked by Stephen Kay in 2002, and brought something new and special to southern New England golf.
McNeil opened up the course to create somewhat of a links feel on many holes, with mounded fairway and greenside bunkers and tall fescue grass growing in the rough areas. In all, five holes were totally rebuilt, the bunkers redesigned and all new greens installed.
One of the best holes on the new track is the sixth, a 495-yard par-five that starts from a severely elevated tee. There is water if your tee shot is hit too strong straightway and big hitters can cut the corner on the right to shorten the approach, which is to an elevated green that is tucked into a hillside with a waterfall tumbling down toward the pond below. It’s a classic risk/reward hole that is extremely pleasing to the eye.
The 537-yard par-five 18th is another great risk-reward hole. A good tee shot will leave the player with the opportunity to go for the green in two but there are ponds stretching from 200 yards out to about 100 yards away from the putting surface and ample bunkers and fescue protecting the green.
Mohegan Sun Golf Club is a fun routing that won’t beat you up as long as you take what it gives you and keep your tee shots and approach shots away from danger. If you stray or get too greedy, you’ll find yourself paying a stiff penalty.