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Splendid Public Golf at Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin, Ct.,-Ct./Page1.html
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 09/8/2008

Splendid Public Golf at Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin, Ct.
Always a solid public golf course, Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin, Connecticut has upgraded itself into one of the best daily fee layouts in the state.

That’s what a couple of million dollars will do and lots of tender loving care. The course received a facelift in the form of new bunker complexes, fairway and green complex work, an effort led by noted golf course architects Stephen Kay and Doug Smith. The course is kept in immaculate condition and the renovations added as few more teeth to this scenic, parkland routing, originally designed by Al Zikorus.
The course stretches to 6,722 yards from the back markers and has water that comes into play on a number of holes, mostly on the back nine. While not overly long (there are seven par-fours under 400 yards in length), Timberlin demands proper placement of the ball off the tee and accurate shot making to hit the medium-sized greens. A number of the greens are elevated, which further complicates matters.
There are a number of strong holes on the track. The course starts tough right out of the box with a 581-yard par-five that is somewhat of a double dogleg. It will take most players three good shots to get home in regulation.
The number one handicap hole on the course is also a par-five, the 567-yard sixth that bends slightly to the right and has a green that is elevated and protected by three bunkers.
Number 13 is another great par-five, although shorter in distance at 517 yards. There’s a stream that bisects the middle of the fairway forcing the player to choose the right club in order to stay out of trouble.
The best par-four may be the 17th hole. It’s only 372 yards from an elevated tee, but water guards the deep left side of the fairway and the front of the green. The proper play is a fairway off the tee and a short iron into a large green.
The par-threes are also very good, the best being the 170-yard 16th, which plays dramatically uphill, with bunkers guarding the front sides of the putting surface.
Timberlin Golf Club
Berlin, Ct.