This course on New State Rd. just south of Norwalk near RTE 250 is one of the most memorable courses in the area. Rolling terrain, trees, sand and water all come into play. Each and every hole stands out in your mind; there are not many courses you can say that about. A true 18 hole experience.
Condition: Here the staff really knows their stuff, the bent grass, tees, greens and fairways are immaculate. And the rough, real 3 inch rough, you can count on fliers and foozles if you hit it in there all day. The greens do sometimes get bumpy due to the poa annua but it does not detract from the overall experience. Rating TTTT1/2 Green Speed = Medium Fast
Playability: At only 6600 yards from the tips, you might think this course is a pushover. But think again, each hole requires a specific shot, for example the short 4th requires an exacting lay-up off the tee, fitting the ball between the creek on the left and the ridgeline on the right, then a precise short iron over the creek with a pond right that sneaks behind the green. Miss any shot and bogey or worse lurks. Several holes reward the big tee shot, but many require accuracy and finesse, a great combination. Behind the 7th tee is a mirror so you can see the bottom of the hill and the group in front of you. The putting surfaces and greens complexes are very challenging with sand and water. Many greens have severe slopes resembling dead elephants buried in them and all have an elegant subtlety. The scorecard lists 4 sets of tees, but options for 7 different courses alternating different tees on each hole. Rating TTTTT
Amenities: The clubhouse here is huge, and you can get lost heading to the pro shop. But from the grill head downstairs, and along the hall, (where you will pass the restrooms, so remember that). The grill room is simple with plenty of room to host several groups for post round libations. They also have an outside grill with burgers, sausage and hot dogs ready for you at the turn. You can’t get a T-bone here unless you are in an outing or banquet, but the food is good and the service is exceptional. The pro shop is well stocked but not cramped. Eaglecreek has a large range with its own practice green and bunker.
Overall: For most of us, Eaglecreek is a long drive, but well worth the spending the day. Green fees are reasonable, and you can find discounts on their website www.eaglecreekgolf.com as well as a few third party sites. If you get the chance, get your group together and make the trip. You won’t be disappointed. You may even start a love affair with this great course.