East Mountain Golf Course (www.GolfWaterbury.com) in Waterbury, Ct. was designed by architect Wayne Stiles and was opened for play in 1932.
The golf course shows much the same character as many of the classic designs of the period during which it was built. Redesigned in 2007 by Stephen Kay to increase par from 67 to 70, the course is challenging for players of all skill levels, while remaining accessible for the walking player and beginner.
The second hole used to be a long par-three prior to the recent renovations, but now plays as a true risk-reward par-four. The hole is around 270 yards from the back markers and a crushed drive may find the green. But woods lurk to the right and left as well as sand bunkers.
The fifth hole is a strong par-three that measures 181 yards from the tips. It calls for a mid- or long-iron across a pond to a large green that slopes from back to front. Woods hug the left side of the putting surface.
The ninth hole is a 483-yard par-five that bends to the left. The approach is to a steeply elevated green, and the 13th hole is another of the course’s tough par-threes, playing 191 yards from the tips. The tee shot must carry a deep gully.
The 14th hole is a short par-four that moves sharply to the left. If you can draw your tee shot you’ll be left with a wedge into a large green. A deep bunker guards the front of the putting surface.
The 17th is a nice little par-three that plays only 142 yards downhill to the green, while the 18th is a 368-yard par-four that allows you to take driver and hit it as far as you can with little worry. It’s a good hole on which to make birdie and complete a satisfying round.