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Conditions
3.3
Value
4.0
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.2
Amenities
3.1
78.7%
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3.7
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3.5
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4.2
Layout
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4.1
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3.6
28 Reviews (28)
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3.5
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Holes 9
Type Public/Resort
Par 35
Length 2772 yards
Slope 114
Rating 33.6
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Pomperaug Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1971
Golf Season April - November
Architect Ted Manning (1971)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $11
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Reviews

3.5
66 Reviews (66)

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Reviews 44
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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Reviews 179
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Strategic Golf at Pomperaug

Pomperaug, a flat but watery course, is about as hilly as such U.S. icons as Doral (quite flat), or Hilton Head in South Carolina, where there is no more than a 6 foot variance in elevation over the entire layout, or many of the British seaside links--e.g., St. Andrews. Flatness, in and of itself, is no sin for a golf course. And other factors may well compensate for ‘bland’ topography in golf design: quality of routing, good green complexes, bunkering, balance, variety, strategic focus and shot values, capable use of hazards and other, mostly natural, elements. In each of these aspects, as I’ve cited in previous reviews, Pomperaug is just fine.

The focus of interest here is not necessarily on some of the large water hazards here, which are indeed prominent, but instead the options the player has in avoiding them. For instance, at the difficult and excellent 7th, a par-4, you may fade the tee shot, which is the ideal play, or simply give a wide berth to the pond by hitting away from it, down the left side, where a bail-out area should help if you miss to the left. Several of the driving zones are set up this way, and playing the angles is beneficial. Another thoughtful design feature concerns how mature trees intrude at the margins of the fairways. Witness the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th., where large trees are used deliberately to either discourage an over-aggressive line of play or simply as key hazards to be respected.

The complexity of hole design at Pomperaug tends toward the subtle rather than obvious. At the 3rd--as one example--the tee shot for most players should be hit to the crook of the dogleg, thus opening up the green for a simple wedge. Bolder players may want to risk hitting farther: down to the small neck, which sets up a short pitch. This option, however, brings the pond fully into play from the tee. The aggressive and long-hitting player might even take a crack at hitting the green from the tee, but the shot must be shaped almost perfectly. These risk-reward options are reminiscent of the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. style; no surprise architect Ted Manning was a Jones protege.

Both of the par-3’s at Pomperaug play on the long side from the blues, as do the sixth and seventh holes as par-4’s. This is still a short course overall, especially given the par-5’s. And so what? The plus side is that you might card a personal-best score if you play carefully enough and hit it straight here. It’s still notable that every par-4 presents a different and real challenge, almost all encouraging a specific shot shape for either safe or optimal play, or both.

The ninth hole, a suspenseful closer, puts emphasis on the approach. All that’s required off the tee is a hybrid or midiron, hit straight and as far down the fairway as you dare. Then comes a wedge over the river (here the one genuine forced carry on the course). The margin for error is small and missing the green significantly spells trouble.

Service and Playing Experience:
Pro Dave Cook was, as always, friendly and polite. He paired me with a couple of capable and sociable young players, Marc and Jimmy (see photo, hole 6), who currently attend northeastern colleges. Playing the nine was all the more enjoyable in their company.

Conditions:
In good condition. But Pomperaug’s greens and green complexes, including the bunkers, are excellent. Tees were very good, fairways good except a couple, which are still recovering from last year’s drought. Overall, not at the level I recall when, long ago, Pomperaug was private. Still, I noticed a vast improvement at holes four and seven.

Some Conclusions:
Strong, strategic design sets this course apart from most of the herd of nine-holers. Conceived as a resort-style course, it wasn’t designed to play like Oakmont or Pine Valley, but that hardly matters. I never tire of playing it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Pomperaug Golf Club / Southbury Ct

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Course fairways and rough well maintained. Greens were fair and a little slow but this was expected after heavy rains had just passed. Course had its challenges between tree placements on doglegs, water hazards that needed to be carried, and pin placements that challenged approach shots.
Very enjoyable

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 75
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

A good 9 hole muni

nice 9 hole muni . good to walk and a real 9 hole course not par 3 . recommend the try.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good time

Caught some slower players after a few holes. Didn’t pick up after that but the course was in great shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Meh

Midday pace was easy. Mostly senior citizens so no one pushing you. I'm a senior by the way.
Course wide open with few difficult holes.
This is a no frills course. No starter. Riding paths in bad shape but greens good considering.
Terrible signage. 9th hole had no board so you don't know anything about the hole.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Course was in very good condition wish pace of play was a little quicker other than that the course management was excellent would highly recommend for people to play it’s a hidden gem!!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Nice course despite the rain

The course was great. I would recommend this course. I will play at this course again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great staff, great value

This 9 hole course can be hard to find because it is behind a hotel but drive around the hotel to the right and it will be worth it for an inexpensive round. The greens were excellent, the fairways well maintained and the design provided a good test of every shot and every club.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Are you kidding me?

As a Southbury resident, I play this course fairly frequently, when I want to get out for a quick nine and not have to drive a distance. On the good side, the owner/pro Dave Cook is a nice guy. But the course is poorly designed and maintained - people suggesting it’s one of the best nines in the state have lost there minds. Turf conditions are poor, there’s goose poop everywhere, and often pace of play is horrendous. It attracts the casual golfer due to price and being flat and easy to walk. There’s pond everywhere and shots often run off slopes into the pond because of poor grading.

At one point, Dave had the golf maintenance from the adjacent Heritage Hills course taking care of it. But they were too expensive, so the maintenance is done on a shoestring budget. If you play there, go with very low expectations.

Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 44
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Previously Played

Not notified

Spent hr driving to play course. Got there and sign on 1st tee closed grant you it did rain a lot but I had this tee time for a week. Should have been notified?

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough greens

Bad putting day on challenging greens,better luck next time.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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