Tunxis Plantation Country Club in Farmington, Connecticut is New England’s most comprehensive golf facility.
TCC is home to two superb 18-hole courses, a nine-hole track, a real grass practice range and two practice putting greens. There’s also a grille and restaurant on site and an extensive pro shop where longtime head professional Lou Pandolfi holds court.
The three courses at Tunxis are kept in immaculate condition, not an easy task given the amount of tournaments the club hosts and heavy play by the general public. All three layouts flow over the flat terrain and are easy to walk.
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 two 18-hole tracks are decidedly different from one another. The Green Course is rather wide open, almost links in style and plays to a par of 70. The White Course is a tad longer, more tree-lined with water coming into play on a number of holes. The Red Course is a combination of its two larger sister layouts, with a few holes that play along the Farmington River and others that are open in nature.
The 6,446-yard Green Course has several sterling, short par-fours. The 385-yard 15th demands a well-placed tee shot and a mid- or short-iron across a pond that fronts a dramatically sloping green. The following hole plays only 325 yards from the tips with another approach across water.
The course ends with a great par-three, playing 210 yards from the tips. The green is somewhat hidden from sight off the tee and there are bunkers front, right and left to catch errant shots.
The White course plays 6,638 yards from the tips and has a par of 72. There’s a great par-three at eight, measuring 164 yards with the tee shot having to cross water to a green that sits on a peninsula. The best hole on the back side might be the 378-yard par-four 17th, which dares long hitters to try and clear a pond that starts about 180 yards out from tee.
The Red Course has a neat little par-three, the 170-yard third that demands a tee shot through a chute of trees. Players have to avoid missing to the left as the river rolls by close by the green.
Tunxis Plantation Country Club