Lake of Isles (South) - Connecticut - USA

Lake of Isles,
1 Clubhouse Drive,
North Stonington,
Connecticut (CT) 06359,
USA


  • +1 860 312 3636

  • Golf Club Website

  • 50 miles SE of Hartford via the CT-2

  • Some member for a day golf packages available

  • Patrick Boucher

  • Rees Jones

  • Chris Thomas

Located next to the Foxwoods Resort Casino, said to be the second largest of its kind in the United States, the South course at Lake of Isles is the private 18-hole layout at an upmarket 36-hole golf complex designed by Rees Jones. Both the North and South courses are routed around a 90-acre lake, with several holes on each layout touching its shores.

Opened for membership in 2005, the South course can be stretched to a massive 7,359 yards, playing to a very strong slope index of 140 and a rating of 75.8 (against a par of 72) from the back tees. It’s laid on out on a rolling landscape where wetland areas and rocky outcrops come into play from time to time.

Feature holes on the front nine include the 440-yard 2nd, which doglegs left across a couple of marshy areas, and the 433-yard 9th, where the tee shot is played across another wetland area to a fairway veering left towards a greens that’s protected by sand on either side of the putting surface.

On the inward half, two of the more memorable holes are water-threatened par threes: the peninsula green at the 165-yard 11th juts out into the lake and the putting surface of the 230-yard 16th sits behind an inlet on the same body of water. The short par four 13th is another fine hole on the back nine, its severely rumpled fairway slanting left to a lovely infinity green.

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Description: The South course is the private 18-hole layout at the 36-hole golf complex where fairways were literally routed around the 90-acre Lake of Isles by architect Rees Jones. Rating: 3 out of 6 Reviews: 1

This is not Rees Jones’ best effort. Lake of Isles’ private course is characterized by far too many dull, flat putting surfaces. Nearly all feature bunker in front. At dinner back in 2013, Rees mentioned that increasing age and a wrist injury had made him more sympathetic to building greens that allowed running approaches. This course was designed 10 years earlier and it shows. (Though to be fair, there are some greens with small areas that do not require an aerial attack.) Missed opportunities abound. Number 4, a par three that plays 177 yards from the 6400 yard tees that most members use, is a perfect example. While the front of the green is entirely bunkered, there is a hill left and behind the green. It would have been easy to use the hill as a sideboard that would allow a ball to be played onto the green without having to carry the bunker. Number 13, a downhill par four that plays 375 yards from the back tees, would have been a more interesting hole as a shorter, driveable par four. And it wasn’t because Jones didn’t want a long distance from the 12th green. The course is virtually unwalkable with a mile and a half total distance from greens to the next tee. It seemed to me when I played in August 2015 that the members may not be enthusiastic about their course, either. Many approach areas were strewn with divots that could have been replaced but were not—dozens of them in some cases. Moreover, the cart I used was equipped with an ice bucket where the sand bucket should have been. There are a handful of fine holes here, including two short ones that bring the lake into play. Next to the first of these—number 11—an amusing buoy floats near the green. Instead of warning of speed limits or hazards to navigation as most do, the inscription on this one reads “Danger Golf Ahead.” Unfortunately, this was the highlight of my round.
3 / 6
Lake of Isles (South)
September 05, 2015


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