Connecticut is not necessarily thought of as a mountainous state, however that Bull’s Bridge Golf Club is located just a few miles off of the Appalachian Trail should give a hint to players as to what kind of terrain they should expect when they set foot on this course.
It’s a rare Tom Fazio in the New England region, but the architect does well to tie his signature style into the “old world” aesthetic of the region, with stone walls running throughout the property. Fazio is not shy about creating some ambitious landscapes on his projects, but he allows the mountains to do the talking for him in most cases at this property.
There are a few exceptions, where players will be forced to partake in more adventurous shots: Nos. 12 and 16, both par threes, will require significant carries and drops to reach the putting surface. Despite the ample opportunity to air it out from the teebox down to mountain fairways, the course plays just under 7,000 yards, which is a touch shorter than many Fazio designs. This may be a slight nudge from the designer that perhaps you should look for accuracy off the tee, and leave the big stick in the bag.
Bulls Bridge is a really nice course which seems to have it's own world. It is so far out in the country you could never imagine you are in CT. The course is on a mountain side with glorious views all about. The playing field traverses these hills and seems to fit right in. The facility is top notch with a staff which is motivated to make your day special. There are quite a few elevated tees with dynamic holes laid out before you. A few holes approach the side of very rocky terrain and offer some interesting hazards. The green complexes are interesting but not so varied as to be overly punitive. The course just plays nice and could easily be your everyday play if you lived in the NW corner of CT. I have tried to get here for some time and the opportunity finally came. Drop everything and go.