Tunxis Plantation Country Club
in Farmington, Connecticut prides itself as being an accessible facility.
With 45 holes of superb golf, a grass tee practice range and affordable greens fees, Tunxis is considered public golf at its very best. The club is also welcoming of junior payers and has a great offer on weekends to help get families out to the track.
“Our family plan has been extremely popular,” said Lou Pandolfi, head professional for the club. “On the weekends after 1 p.m. juniors 17 and under can play nine or 18 holes for half price when accompanied by an adult. The adult gets five dollars off nine holes and $10 off 18. It’s a good chance for parents and their children to play together.”
Tunxis will also once again offer its popular fall rates after Columbus Day, with golfers getting $5 off nine holes and $10 off 18 hole greens fees during that time until the courses close.
The club debuted some popular changes to its two 18-hole courses this year. Grass bunkers were added to an area left of the 17th green on the Green Course, while new bunkers and mounding was installed on the fifth hole on the White Course. On the White’s 11th hole, mounding was added to prevent shots from rolling into a hazard. The 14th hole on the White Course has a new tee box and the green and bunkers were reworked.
“We are always trying to tweak things to make the courses better each year,” said Pandolfi. “And we’ll keep doing things every year.”
The club’s Green Course plays to a par of 70 and a distance of 6,446 yards from the tips. The layout is a pleasing mix of short and long par-fours, very strong par-threes and several reachable par-fives.
Perfect examples of the wide variety of shot values you will find on the Green Course are the sixth and seventh holes. The sixth plays around 440 yards from the tips and demands a long drive to the crest of a hill, followed by a long iron or fairway wood to a green that is guarded by bunkers. Then comes the short, 330-yard seventh, where a good drive will leave only a wedge into the green.
The White Course is 6,638 yards from the back markers and plays to a par of 72. It is a bit more tree-lined than its sister 18-hole layout and has water on a number of holes. One of the best holes is the 365-yard par-four 17th that begs the big hitter to try and clear a pond that starts about 180 yards away from the tee.
The club also has a very good nine-hole layout called the Red Course.www.tunxisgolf.com