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.
Lake of Isles South, the private course, is virtually identical to the public course. If you played them both back to back the only differing memory would be the last hole. The par 3's which go into the lake are the same. The terrain is the same. The conditioning is very good and the same. They are both challenging for anyone. They can both play well over 7000 yards. The turf is normally pretty soft so they play to full distance. Overall if you are in the area these courses are quite nice and you should play. The North is usually mobbed, and candidly the South has much play too. Mostly VIP guests and their guests.