Golfers in the Hartford, CT. area and beyond are thrilled with the addition of a new nine holes at Blue Fox Run Golf Course in Avon.
The new nine, designed by Stephan Kay and Doug Smith, were actually incorporated into two nine-hole routings at the now 27-hole facility.
Five holes are on what is called the White Course and the other four on the Red Course. The unchanged back nine is known as the Blue Course. The operators juggle the nines around so as to create a new 18-hole layout several days a week.
The new holes are a pleasing mix of those that are open in nature and several that are lined by trees. There is ample bunkering in the fairways and around the modest-sized greens. By the way, the new putting surfaces are in amazing condition, especially given their youth.
“When you build a new nine holes you wonder if that will be the nine that everybody will want to play instead of mixing it up with the existing holes,” said Barry Wilson, general manager of the club. “But it’s been down the middle with players changing up the 18-hole configurations.”
He added, “We have always been known as a course where you can hit driver and not get in too much trouble. With the new holes we have more of a shot maker’s layout and everybody loves the links look on some of the new holes.”
One of the best of the new holes is the 500-yard par-five fourth on the White Course. If you can steer clear of fairway bunkers to the left of the fairway and high grass on the right, you may be left with an opportunity to go for the large, oblong green in two.
Probably the best new par-four is the 400-yard seventh on the White Course. A pond guards the entire left side of the dogleg left hole, and when the pin is tucked on the left side of the green near the water the hole just cries out for a big number.
The 201-yard seventh hole on the Red Course is as good a par-three as you can get. A pond guards the right side of the green and bunkers are scattered around the putting surface. Par here is a quite noteworthy feat if played from the back markers.
The club had earlier received a facelift on its existing 18 holes in the form of new bunkering and a bit of tinkering with several greens and tee boxes. The renovations gave the existing holes more visual character and challenge.
Wilson said the new holes enhanced the club as a site for charity tournaments and will free up tee times during busy weekends and holidays. There are hopes that the new holes and lengthening of some of the existing ones will also attract interest from professional and major amateur tournament organizers.
Depending upon which nines are used, the track can be stretched to around 7,000 yards and prove a true championship test.
Blue Fox Run is again offering its late afternoon special where $20 will get you a golf cart and as many holes as you can play before dark. The same deal walking is $12.
Wilson said the club is attempting to bring in new members and that reduced membership rates are available this spring.
Blue Fox Run Golf Course