Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic, Ct. (www.MoheganSunGolfClub.com) was given a new look a few years ago by noted New England architect Robert McNeil, and the reviews ever since have been very good indeed.
The redesign gave the 6,691-yard course, formerly known as Pautipaug Country Club, a more links feel on many holes, with mounded fairway and greenside bunkers and tall fescue grass in the rough areas. In all, five holes were totally rebuilt, bunkers redesigned, and all new greens installed.
The course is a true delight to play in the autumn, as many of the holes are lined by woods and tall fescue grows along some fairways, making a loop around the track a visual pleasure.
One of the best holes on the new track is the sixth, a 495-yard par-five that starts from a severely elevated tee. There is water if your tee shot is hit too strong straightway and big hitters can cut the corner on the right to shorten the approach, which is to an elevated green tucked into a hillside. A waterfall tumbles down toward a pond below. It’s a classic risk/reward hole that is extremely pleasing to the eye.
The 537-yard par-five 16th is another gambler’s hole. A good tee shot will leave the player with the opportunity to go for the green in two. But there are ponds stretching from 200 yards out to about 100 yards away from the putting surface and ample bunkers and fescue protecting the green.
Mohegan Sun Country Club at Pautipaug is a fun routing that won’t beat you up as long as you take what it gives you and keep your tee shots and approach shots away from danger.