Shuttle Meadow Country Club is a private course with limited membership, as to assure that no tee times will be required. Those lucky enough to get on will find a Willie Park Jr. design, including his devious putting surfaces and imposing bunkers.
No. 18 certainly has the best-named of the bunch with the “Big Mouth,” a large cross bunker that will separate the good drives from the bad on this short par five. Those who are clean off the tee can carry in two and even consider eagle...those who miss the target will be forced to cede a shot to their opponent and lay up. A notable principle’s nose exists just short of the green at No. 14, however Park’s thunder is stolen by Bobby Jones, who played the course in days of yore and is now memorialized in the hole’s name: “Bobby’s Lure.”
The course claims its own “Amen Corner” in the wooded section of the property, although this trio comes in much shorter than its Augusta namesake. Still, these two short par fours offer punishment for those who bite off more than they can chew. And, as at Augusta, the most nerve-wracking of them might be the shortest: No. 6 asks for a “simple” shot...to a Park-style green fronted by a creek and surrounded by sand.
Shuttle Meadow is a nice private course in the hillside outside New Britain. The course is one of those places that likes to remind you they are private. The course starts with a couple par 4's back and forth. Rolling terrain with much slope so the landing areas are quite small as all balls will be deflected to the low side. There are some nice holes. A couple very good par 3's. But after that a group of average holes that fade from your mind. A couple holes near the finish are very nice. 18 is a catch up par 5 which even light hitters may have a crack at in 2 if you catch the hill right on your drive. A good tree removal program would work well even given they have removed some already. Many more should go.