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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 70
Length 5944 yards
Slope 120
Rating 68.6

Course Details

Year Built 1967
Architect Geoffrey Cornish (1967) Bill Robinson (1967)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Professional Golf Academy at Hawk’s Landing"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.2
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Smartly Playable

Having played nine holes at Hawk’s Landing twice since April, and today the full eighteen, first impressions of the back side were more than favorable. The back seems to capture all that is best about the style of its two designers, Geoffrey Cornish and Bill Robinson, who applied ample bunkering in fairways and around greens, fashioned excellent green complexes, and crafted terrific variety amongst three triplets: three par-3’s, fours and fives, with all nine holes possessing an individual character. But there is balance, too, between open holes and a few that are more wooded (especially the thirteenth and seventeenth), while holes such as 14 and 15 have a sense of opposition–open versus tree-lined–on one side of the fairway versus the other. One of the inward half’s best aspects, though, is its constantly rolling, sliding, and bending ground movement, where successive holes tend to play down and then up (and vice versa), slopes around greens are geared to be both testing and playable, and the greens themselves pitch and roll in various directions. I used a driver on every par-four and five on the back nine today, feeling challenged to do so because each hole supplied enough bail-out room to make the slight added risk a worthwhile one. Adding to the high quality of this nine: nothing seems overdone; every feature appears as if it were chosen carefully to present some firm scoring resistance–yet the cumulative effect never crosses the line into toughness-for-its-own-sake. In terms of playability and interest, then, this nine–indeed, nearly the entire course–is first-rate.

Three Back Nine Standouts:

BEST HOLE, Par-4 14th, 400 yards.

Off the tee, this superlative tester plays downhill to a tree-lined landing zone, its major threat being the dense left-side forest. But the approach is magical: you can see the tempting green lying well below, guarded by a trio of bunkers along with some large mounding on the green’s periphery. An incoming iron shot may, for example, kick off the rightward mound and onto the beautifully contoured putting surface.

17: A TOP-NOTCH PAR-5

This Cape hole design tempts the player to bite off as much as (s)he can chew down the dogleg-left fairway, as off the tee you’ll want to carry a pond (mostly obscured by trees and sidling up to the landing zone’s entire left side). A huge multi-lobed bunker may well catch those who overshoot the fairway, so a draw is clearly the ideal play. Remarkably, the second shot may be more interesting because a towering pine presents an obstruction in the right side of the fairway, forcing you to play left, pretty much, and thus bringing that lengthy left-side pond again into play. I aimed just off the inside of the tree and managed to touch down on land. Another sprawling, multiform bunker impedes a direct approach to the green.

10: GREAT FOUR-PAR (#1 index, 410 yards)

Playing downhill off the tee and with mature trees looming on each side of the landing zone, this lean and tough hole begs for a carefully placed draw. On its heels you’ll need a precise mid-iron or hybrid to a perched green surrounded by the usual mounding–yet it’s massive here–and grass bunkering. Wow!

CONDITIONING
The whole course was in fine condition today, including greens, fairways, and tees. Roughs weren’t perfect but still good. I met the Course Superintendent, Dan Sisson, after the round and chatted with him for a bit. It’s clear he takes pride in how this course looks and plays, and, better still, believes in continuous improvement.

FRIENDLINESS
Outstanding both in the pro shop and out on the course. At the counter, Joe was personable and flexible. Out on hole fifteen, I happened to strike up a conversation with friendly starter Jack Fager (he was doing an errand) who showed his great enthusiasm for Hawk’s Landing; his picture is among the photos. I’m not sure how you can ask for anything more than a great vibe like this from a club’s staff.

BOTTOM LINE:
Hawk’s Landing is both stylish and original. With a slope of 121, this course is above average in difficulty, yet it won’t weary too many golfers. Cornish and Robinson wisely tilted the balance away from sheer hardness to strategic focus, lending it a nearly perfect playability. After a very good front side, on the back the course gets a turbo boost from a long string of excellent holes, many of them exhilarating. Despite a few unusual twists you’ll encounter in certain spots from tee to green, this layout is about the playing of smart and careful golf. The holes that feature some risk/reward possibilities add an extra dimension to the mix.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 260
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Well Designed and Nicely Conditioned

After today’s second play in as many months at Hawk’s Landing, which was again the front nine only (given time constraints), I want to get back soon and play the full eighteen. It was clear today that now, in late May, the conditioning here is reaching its peak, and that is a high level indeed. Excellent tees and fairways, smooth greens that putt at a perfect speed, and well-kept greenside areas–-the course superintendent does a very fine job here, and in this department HL rivals anything I’ve played in Connecticut.

The layout boasts strong golf holes in a varied package. A high-quality and balanced routing set in a suburban neighborhood, Hawk’s Landing offers plenty of bunkering, mature and beautiful trees along its fairways, a pair of long and tough par-3’s, and, in the fifth hole, one of the best-looking and well crafted par-4’s that I’ve played anywhere. Water hazards pop up intermittently in the form of a meandering creek, some large ponds, and a bit of marshland here and there. For the most part, the holes glide smoothly over this gently rolling landscape, and several high tees make your fairway targets distinct (see full review from April). Today’s only drawback was slow play, but I still enjoyed the smooth but vigorous walk. This time I noticed a driving range to the left of the eighth fairway; watch for the carts crossing over to it (on a path from the clubhouse) in front of tee eight.

This is an appealing golfing venue worth visiting.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 260
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

Hawk’s Landing: Nice Mix of Quality and Balance

Only having had time for nine holes today, I played the front at Hawk’s Landing, finding it to be an intriguing mix of a few tame holes, of several that surely up the ante yet remain quite playable, and of a couple that prove difficult. That’s about how it should be on most layouts. After all, who wants to play something as hard as a Robert Trent Jones course every day? Geoffrey Cornish, one of the outstanding New England architects of his era, designed this with partner Bill Robinson in 1967, and the track holds up quite well in 2022.

LAYOUT
On the front side, the watchword for Cornish and Robinson here appeared to be, as it frequently was in the courses they designed, ‘balance.’ Short holes (the 1st, 7th, and 8th) are balanced by longer ones (two, five and nine). The uphill holes at four and seven are offset by three holes–the first, fifth, and eighth–that play from high tees, which offer commanding views of their fairways. Some of these fairways felt narrow, or, at the very least, hemmed in by their hazards, and a few were clearly wider. Shot values are also consistently varied–a Cornish trademark. The few constants I noticed here were relatively large and mostly circular greens along with nearly all straightaway holes; the only real dogleg is six.

It’s important to choose your tees wisely here: from the blues, two holes–six and nine–require you to fly the ball some 200 yards off their tees. Water is used sparingly and wisely on this nine, and is especially dramatic at the demanding ninth hole, a 235-yarder from the blues. It seems that Cornish here was channeling his inner Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the architect whose work he thought to be most important and admirable in his era. The hole is a brute and a hard par. Also apparent, in more subtle fashion, is Jones’ influence at the eighth, where a genuine risk-reward opportunity is at hand: you may choose to drive (or get near) the well-protected green on this 265, steeply uphill four-par, but at your own peril. It’s a brilliant hole, one of the most impressive short par-4’s in Connecticut.

DEFENSES / HAZARDS

The best defense against par here are the mature, towering pines, which, whether they line the fairway or are grouped in stands, will often play havoc with tee shots (and some approaches) that fly off course. The pines add a soothing effect and great aesthetic appeal. The other major defense comes in the form of frequent bunkering, both in the fairways and around the greens. The aforementioned ponds and marshy areas are certainly a factor, too, but just to make life a little more difficult are a huge tree jutting into the eighth fairway, humps around most of the greens, and some grass bunkers here and there. The fairways themselves have mostly flat landing zones–this is not a course characterized by strong ground movement–and there are only a couple of cross hazards on the front side.

GREEN COMPLEXES
These are fairly typical of what Cornish tended to design in the sixties. They tend to rise only slightly above grade, and are well guarded on the sides and back, typically, and almost all open in front to allow the run-on shot from higher-handicap players. Only the sixth and ninth greens are like fortresses.

CONDITIONING
The only flies the ointment today were the aerated greens, which are not surprising at this time of year, and a few too many leaves around the course. But it is early springtime. Bunkers were decent and tees above average, but the fairways, roughs, and greens (despite the aeration) impressed.

BEST HOLE
For my money, the classic fifth is superb. Offering a terrific downhill vista from the tee, the fairway is properly proportioned for a long, downhill shot. A large stand of pines impinges somewhat on the fairway not far from the green, blocking the approach from the right rough, while most players will want to steer away from the more penal woods on the left. Translation: it pays doubly to hit the fairway of the fifth tee. A small brook snakes across the fairway, while green is both sided and backed by large, pesky humps.

INITIAL TAKEAWAYS
This was only my first time playing here, but I’m already thinking about coming back this summer, as I’d like to play the whole track. The course is short but challenging enough, with an 18-hole slope of 120 from the blues. Cornish and Robinson threw just enough wrenches into the works to keep each hole interesting, and a few are bearish. The experience of playing here was pleasant, and I was particularly impressed by the Head of Maintenance, a very congenial gentleman whom I met at the 9th while taking a picture of the hole.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Windy Day

The course was in great shape. The wind tested our club selection and on a couple holes our putting. All in all enjoyed the round and played well despite the 20 gusting to 30 MPH winds.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hawks Landing is a very nice course

Always enjoy playing at Hawks, nice layout, well maintained

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Early season surprise

The course was in great condition for this early in the season. The greens were fast not very bumpy.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 52
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Out with a friends!

Today was worse than yesterday! They started on hole number #10.. the pace of play was so slow that the beverage lady was coming around the course twice before we could even off. It took three hours to finish the back nine.
We went to the first tee box and waited fifteen minutes before we could tee off. This people was so bad. they don't have no respect for the game or other people around them. One of the women had a cast on her foot and she's out there playing golf on a busy day, how crazy is that this game golf is hard enough when your healthy, how dare you show your face on a golf course on Sunday on a busy busy day. A golfer like you guys should know your place. You guys should should try playing the pot-pot instead. The pace of play is four hours not six. I will never book here ever again. This past weekend was the worse ever. This was my worse nightmare of my life. Never play here again!!!! The Ranger need to do his job. We didn't even see him all day they should give that job to the beverage lady, cause we saw her at least thirty to forty times today alone. I don't understand how those people could pay that kind of money you guys are charging to play there. I don't usually get mad about anything but today just put it above the boiling point. Six hours to finish 28 hole, come on guys. You wasted my whole weekend by booking a tee time at your course. I'm a Golfpass+ member and played all over and I never had a weekend like this!!!

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 52
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Out with a friends!

We went out to have a great day at the golf course. Instead we end up playing behind a foursome that was so slow that it took us 5:23 minutes to finish our round.. our tee time was 10:00am and we didn't finish our round until 3:23 pm. The Ranger should of done a better job. You cannot have a foursome that have no respect for other golfers. The Ranger gotta make his round more often. We asked if we could play through and they just ignores us. There was nobody in front of them!!!!
IOther than that, we had a great time. Those golfers make other golfer wanna stop playing .this guys shouldn't be playing on a course like this. They should learn the golf rules, before they go out and play.
" This was really the Rangers fault"

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great venue for a tournament

This was a great course for our group's Oktoberfest today. The weather turned out to be beautiful and we had a wonderful day. Nick and his staff did an amazing job in organizing our event and stayed in constant communication. He was there to start us off on our shotgun and things could not have run smoother. The course, though short demands your attention on several holes.. but it was in great condition considering the dry weather we've had this year. The greens were some of the best we've seen in our travels. Our group stayed for refreshments after golf and both food and service were superb. Play there if you get a chance and enjoy a fun day of golf. Thanks Hawks Landing for a special day!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Good value on Tee off

The course is in great shape. Beautiful greens. Unfortunately with lack of rain this summer the ponds have dried up. The 19th hole is always nice for a snack and cocktail after your round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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 Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

family fun

I like playing this course, this is the 2nd time so far this year, and I will be back for sure before the season is over.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun course to play.

From tee box to green in very good condition. Really nice deck to enjoy a beverage and lite meal after. Weekend is always a slower pace.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 167
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Really?!?!?!

I understand fully we are all under the spell of Covid19!!!!!

My first time playing Hawks Landing was very disappointing. The layout is hard for us “amateurs” so why would they allow the rough throughout the entire course to be 2 to 3 inches. This is NOT the US Open! Example ... I had an awesome drive on a par 5. Nailed my approach. I get to the green and find my find 3 inches into the rough. I could barely see the ball. The driving fairways are tight on most holes. Trees everywhere. Water where you don’t expect if you are new to the course.

Pace of play was horrible. Actually had 3 groups on a par 3!! No Rangers all day.
The greens were in horrible shape. Many holes had our putts jumping and going offline.

Social distancing was not being observed on the bar deck that overlooks one of the green. Clearly 10 people were hooting and hollering all whilst sitting at the same tables. Very close

I still shot 89 with some awesome par saves.
I most likely will not return.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

The course has come a long way

We play Hawks a great times a year and each time the conditions improve. Fairways and tee boxes were cut well and the greens were soft and receptive. The course plays short except for the par 3 7th that plays 260 uphill from the tips. Really ?? How many players can reach that ? Beyond that love the track. And a thumbs up for the 19th hole!!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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