Originally designed by William F. Gordon, Western Hills Golf Course in Waterbury, Ct. (www.GolfWaterbury.com) opened for play in the fall of 1960.
The municipal course, which has hosted a number of local and state tournaments, is known for its rolling terrain and beautiful vistas. Renovated in 2007 by architect Stephen Kay, the project included bunkering and design changes to improve playability and drainage.
While only 6,356 yards from the tips, Western Hills Golf Course presents a stern challenge because of its elevation changes, tight fairways, some forced carries, and tricky greens.
The second hole is a 472-yard par-five, which, on paper, appears as though its green can be attacked in two shots. But the second shot is dramatically uphill and the fairway slopes to the left, making you pay dearly for an errant strike of the ball.
The fourth hole is a real nice par-four that plays 347 yards from the tips. But there are woods lining the fairway on both sides and the putting surface is elevated, making club selection on your approach shot difficult.
The ninth hole is a pretty, downhill par-three that plays 155 yards from the back. Again, you have to pick the right club that takes into consideration the elevation drop if you want to stick your shot on the green.
The 12th hole is perhaps the most interesting on the course. The par-four plays only 314 yards from the tips, but you must hit your tee shot short of a pond that crosses the entire fairway. Then it’s an approach to a green that is partially hidden from view to the left.
The 16th is a very tough par-three that plays much longer than its 165 yards. The tee shot is to an elevated green, which has serious slope. Deep bunkers guard the front of the putting surface.