The most fun at Mohegan Sun comes early in the round with back to back par 5s at the 5th and 6th. Both are short, 505 and 495 from the back tees, but both provide strategic choices from the tee. At the 5th, the player is confronted with a creek running diagonally across the fairway (think the 6th at Essex County or the 7th at Sedgefield). The 6th provides the option of carrying a bunker at the corner of the dogleg. In each case, a risky drive can yield the reward of getting home in two. Both holes would have met the approval of C.B. Macdonald or his acolytes—Seth Raynor and Charles Banks. The diagonal creek was the primary feature at their template Leven hole. The green at the 6th, though elevated, is a smaller version of their Biarritz.
Tee shot strategy is present on 5 other holes (1, 9, 11, 12, and 15) as well. And the undulations of the 6th green are seen again at the 3rd, 7th, 12th and 17th.
Despite these appealing features, there are some negatives here. Conditioning is poor, as unrepaired ballmarks, unreplaced divots, and unraked bunkers are common…..along with too many bare spots in the fairways. The course is heavily watered and even in a dry summer did not play firm and fast. And the greens without undulations are generally flat, though often sloped, I’d guess the 13th has a 5% slope. Both factors contribute to slow greens.
Date: July 23, 2020