The Stanwich Club Review
If you have the opportunity to play the best course in your home state, take it. It seems obvious but playing The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Connecticut confirmed it for me. The Stanwich Club is annually voted one of the best in Connecticut and is known for two things: Exclusivity and difficult greens.
The Stanwich Club lives up to the hype, both in greens and exclusivity. Despite it’s location, North Ave in Greenwich, the entrance to the club and bronze signs at the entrance are barely noticeable. If you’re lucky enough to find the entrance on your first try, you’re better than me. After turning around and making it into the entrance, I made the half mile trek along the tree lined driveway until I reached the clubhouse. Already amazed, I had no idea how much better it would get.
The Golf Course
The greens are every bit as fast and difficult to read as I was told, even the practice green was a challenge. Every green slopes from back to front and in most cases I was forced to hit a club less and bounce it in. If the pin location was in the back and you were long, it was almost guaranteed to be a one stroke penalty.
Prior to playing Stanwich I was not informed about the bunkers. I was fortunate enough to avoid the fairway bunkers but I watched several players attempt to hit out of them only to hit the lip and fall back in. If you’re in the fairway bunker it may be wise to take a short iron or wedge and advance the ball. The greenside bunkers were deep and in the two cases I found them, I hit a lob wedge out. I went 2-for-2 in sand saves with a birdie and par so I can’t complain.Continued on the next page