The year after Spider Miller won the first of his two US Mid-Amateur crowns, Hartford GC invited him back for a visit. The club offered to pay travel expenses for Spider and his wife. Reminding them that he owned a beer distribution company in the college town of Bloomingtom IN, he indicated that their largesse would be unnecessary with the rhetorical question, “Do you think those kids drink out much beer?”
The USGA elected to play the Red and Blue nines, skipping the club’s third (Green) nine. That’s the same configuration I played. My experience was perhaps not as enjoyable as Spider’s. Though Donald Ross is the architect of record, this is not one of my favorite Ross works. Ross’s usual fine routing is not in evidence. Only two holes run in a north-south direction and there are multiple times where there’s an unintuitive and long walk to the next tee. The predominance of east-west holes tends to make them less memorable. There are a few charming greens, most notably the last two on the Blue nine. The rest are less imaginative and were quite slow the day I played.
Definitely a fun course, but there are more interesting Ross designs in New England.
Date: September 01, 2017