The course at Breakfast Hill Golf Club was unveiled in the summer of 2000, just ahead of the Independence holiday. It’s a Brian Silva design that comfortably stretches out across 170 acres of a pleasantly undulating, wooded landscape.
Give kudos to architect Brian Silva in being able to capture classic architectural elements in a New England landscape with various hole movements and rock outcroppings that add to the eye appeal when playing. Too often when modern designs are pushed on to such terrain the net result is a layout that clearly is superimposed rather than fitting as naturally as possible. That's not the case here.
The course is not especially demanding but it has enough kick to keep those who fail to secure proper placement over wayward brawn.
Silva realized that the daily fee nature of the course would have a wide assortment of players and being a public layout he's given sufficient consideration with that in mind.
The shorter holes provide much of the character -- among the best ones include the par-4 3rd with a superb greensite as well as the short par-4 8th hole that requires a deft approach to an equally challenging green. The short par-4 13th is also a fun hole -- tempting the big play while including a tapered fairway that narrows considerably as one nears the green.
The issue with Breakfast Hill is that the overall consistency of the course has its lull moments where quite a few are merely pedestrian and not as sufficiently interesting.
The inward side starts well with a quality trio from the 10th thru 12th holes and the ending par-4 ends the round in fine fashion as a 445-yard par-4.
Breakfast Hill has weaknesses -- the two par-5's on the outward nine and how the overall par-3 holes are merely adequate for what might have been provided. Be very interesting to see if Silva should return and be given a second opportunity in bolstering what's needed because by doing so the overall stature would clearly benefit from doing so.
M. James Ward