Quarry Ridge

9A Rose Hill Road, Portland, Ct.

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Architect: Al Zikorus, Joe Kelly

Terrain: Hillside / Valley Floor

Type of Course: Public

Driving Range: No

Year Opened: 1993

Green Fee: flag in holeflag in holeflag in hole

Par: 72

Lodging: No

Tel: 860-342-6113

Rating: 4.8. From 1 vote.
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Feldspar can sometimes be friend, not foe


Maybe the most difficult course to walk in the region


In spite of the often rugged terrain, the conditioning is very good


Great scenery all around, with glimpses of the Connecticut River Valley


If you try to get cute and cut corners on the doglegs, the course can be punishing


It’s not the greens that have sideboards on the 11th and 12th holes, but the fairways


Unless you’re gunning for a 15, do not use your water wedge from the pond fronting the 14th green


6th fairway runs at an oblique angle to the tee and sports a landing area about as wide as a Machu Picchu runway


First three holes slide down a cleared hillside on ledges – so too might your ball if you don’t keep it on the safe side of the hole


One slip, and you’re dead as you try to navigate the monorail fairway of the 17th hole without fading away to oblivion on either side


Par 4 8th ends with a little buttonhook, keeping the green out of view on approach unless you really clobber your tee shot


The embankment separating pond from green on the short par 3 14th is slicker than a freshly shorn poodle


Uphill, downhill, and sidehill are lies you’ll get used to by the end of your round


More “don’t go there” zones than a date with someone coming off a third divorce


The elevation changes are as dramatic as on any course in the region


You need to pick your spots wisely to go aggressively for the flags


Greens mostly come in four flavors: Fast, firm, large and crowned


Overhitting greens can send your score into a death spiral


Expect your fairways-hit average to perceptibly drop


Due to the terrain, holes often link awkwardly


Scorecard

Tee Station Yardage Slope Par Rating
Black 6389 124 70.9
Blue 6049 119 69.5
Green 5213 108 65.1
Red 4852 117 66.7

Beyond The White Stakes

Brewskies The White Dog Cafe, Pub (3.2 miles)
Post-round meal Farrell’s Restaurant Comfort Food (3 miles)
Worth a Detour Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park (3.5 miles)
Splash! Bone Mill Pond – Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown (7.3 miles)
Sundae Golfer Vecchito’s Italian Ice, Middletown (4.4 miles)
Native Grace Hetrick, played Twisted Wasabi in the 2011 film Horrorween

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