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Yardages

Black

423

Blue

423

White

417

Gold

415

Red

415


Hole 1

With its elevated tee and panoramic views, the 1st hole serves as a thrilling introduction to the course. A drive that strays left might bounce off the hill towards the fairway or could find the native fescues. A shot to the right off the tee finds nothing but trouble in the trees that separate the 1st and 2nd holes.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

453

Blue

412

White

395

Gold

370

Red

370


Hole 2

Called by 5-time state amateur champion Dick Siderowf "the best par 4 in the state", the 2nd hole may be Ross's greatest contribution to the Waterbury layout. A sweeping dogleg left leads to an elevated green with a false front.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

227

Blue

227

White

204

Gold

183

Red

183


Hole 3

A long downhill Par 3 with a narrow green provides a challenge with bunkers biting in from each side. The preferred method of playing the hole, even for low handicappers, is to hit short of the green in the approach in hopes of pitching or putting it close.

Tee Shot

Yardages

Black

386

Blue

386

White

360

Gold

305

Red

305


Hole 4

The short uphill Par 4 requires a left to right tee shot to an elevated green. Beware of the false front on this hole as a shot that comes up short could leave you 30 yards from the green.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

471

Blue

456

White

425

Gold

309

Red

309


Hole 5

Although the hole looks relatively flat from the tee, the 5th hole plays slightly uphill. The long straight away Par 4 requires a precise shot off the tee. A hybrid or long iron is usually the club of choice for the second shot to a green with little undulation.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

307

Blue

307

White

296

Gold

289

Red

289


Hole 6

The shortest Par 4 on the course, the 6th is no hole to let up on. The 4 fairway bunkers require a tee shot that splits the fairway. The short, uphill second shot to a well-guarded green can turn the thought of a birdie into a bogie.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

426

Blue

426

White

406

Gold

337

Red

337


Hole 7

To the eye, the 7th is the toughest driving hole on the course. A left to right tee shot is required, but a drive that is struck too well could put you in the rough between the upper and lower fairway. A long second shot to a green guarded with bunkers on either side proves that this Par 4 has seen more bogies than pars.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

150

Blue

150

White

131

Gold

109

Red

109


Hole 8

The shortest Par 3 on the course, the 8th hole is a Donald Ross gem. The small undulating green is surrounded by 4 bunkers. Ross noted that he wanted the two front bunkers to be cut between 4 & 6 feet deep.

Tee Shot

Yardages

Black

512

Blue

487

White

473

Gold

427

Red

427


Hole 9

With #9 being the only Par 5 on the course, this is the perfect opportunity to make up a shot lost earlier in the round. This hole represents the "risk/reward" of a short par 5. A well placed drive invites the question: Do I go for the green in two or lay up short of the water?

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

405

Blue

378

White

364

Gold

326

Red

326


Hole 10

Following the short Par 5, 9th hole, Ross presents a demanding 10th that is set up on the tee shot. The fairway narrows as it gets to the green and a shot that lands in the rough will be difficult to get to a green that is situated some 50 ft uphill. The punchbowl green receives most shots well, but a ball that rolls through the green into the rough will be tough to stop coming back to the pin.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

359

Blue

359

White

347

Gold

291

Red

291


Hole 11

The 11th hole is a short dogleg right. A low handicap player will usually hit 3 or 5 wood off the tee. The second shot presents a bit of a challenge as the fairway slopes away from you to a downhill green. Keep your head down on your second shot and your likely to come away with par.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

180

Blue

180

White

165

Gold

160

Red

160


Hole 12

This mid-range Par 3 is a hole that presents little challenges except your depth perception. You must trust your yardage, but beware of the subtle wind that can put your ball in either of the two bunkers that flank the green.

Tee Shot

Yardages

Black

427

Blue

395

White

356

Gold

325

Red

325


Hole 13

The 13th is the only tee shot over water which can wreak havoc mentally on the high handicapper. Once over the water, the placement of the tee shot is key. Too far right and you will have a long approach to the green that could be blocked by a large specimen oak tree. Too far left and you will cross the lateral hazard that runs up the left side. The green has a uphill approach and false front that leaves players throwing their arms up in disgust as their ball rolls 40 yards away from the green.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

234

Blue

226

White

212

Gold

175

Red

175


Hole 14

The 14th is the longest Par 3 on the course. The average golfer tends to swing harder on this hole just to get the ball to the green, but an errant tee shot will almost guarantee a bogey or double bogey

Tee Shot

Yardages

Black

427

Blue

427

White

399

Gold

387

Red

387


Hole 15

The number 2 handicap hole has a blind tee shot to an uphill green. A slight fade off the tee will put you in the trees on the right and it will be tough to make par from there. The mid to long iron second shot to a green that has a steep drop off on the left and two bunkers on the right will test your iron play.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

369

Blue

369

White

351

Gold

343

Red

343


Hole 16

A short Par 4 that slightly bends to the left, the 16th is a hole that you just want to get you Par and get out. The somewhat blind uphill shot to a green with a sever drop-off in the back leads golfers to club down in order to keep the ball from going over the green. These shots end up in the approach which requires a good short game to get up and down for Par.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

402

Blue

374

White

360

Gold

349

Red

349


Hole 17

Another blind tee shot, the 17th is a slight downhill Par 4. A tee shot that lands on the right center of the fairway is your best chance for Par here. The green also has a sever drop-off in the back, but unlike #16, this entire green is right in front of you. The large greenside bunker on the left swallows up many balls, but par is a must with the tough 18th to follow.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot

Yardages

Black

445

Blue

424

White

404

Gold

394

Red

394


Hole 18

The 18th hole is one of the best finishing holes in the state of Connecticut. It is crucial that your tee shot hit the fairway here to have any chance at par. The long second shot to an uphill green requires stamina and accuracy on what is likely your last full swing of the day. The two tier green with false front is also flanked by two bunkers.

Tee Shot
Approach Shot