O nly in middle age did I settle in the Connecticut River Valley. Actually my home is in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, but I knew to choose wisely enough to be just a 1-iron away from I-91, in order to gain the quickest possible access to all the incredible golf to be discovered in the region.
Of course getting up and down 91 can be about as daunting as hitting that 1-iron, but my travels consistently demonstrate that there are several dozen courses within an hour’s drive worth adding to the “rotation.”
From this experience of trying to play different courses every week was this website born. Having traveled all over the U.S. and usually with my golf bag accompanying me, I can state without the least bit of reservation that the golf courses of Western New England are my favorite in the country.
Not necessarily the most difficult, but that’s not what I was looking for when settling here. I wanted to play a range of layouts that would both allow me to walk 18 and to take in the beautiful natural scenery of the region. And I hoped the golf would consistently test my skills and imagination without overwhelming either.