The Course at Yale

Post Reply
User avatar
Coda1850
Posts: 921
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:17 pm
Location: MA
Contact:

The Course at Yale

Post by Coda1850 » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:09 am

Guess I'm gonna play The Course at Yale in New Haven CT on in a couple Tuesdays [the 27th]. Anyone know anything 'bout this one? DougE? The website yammers on about it being difficult which is not really a selling point to me but... guess it's a Donald Ross design - whatever that means.

I had to pick between an invitation to this one & Quinnatisset Country Club. Picking The Course at Yale, I guess, 'cause I've never played it.

I gotta shake off the rust. I haven't played in 3 weeks.
Low Round: 83, +11 Green Hill - 09/15/14
Low Round: 83, +11 Indian Meadows - 09/12/15

Mark unread?

User avatar
bkuehn1952
Posts: 2198
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:08 pm
Location: The Frigid, Sunless Mitten
dogs: 0
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by bkuehn1952 » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:30 am

Coda1850 wrote:Guess I'm gonna play The Course at Yale in New Haven CT on in a couple Tuesdays [the 27th].
I gotta shake off the rust. I haven't played in 3 weeks.

What's the Over/Under bet on your score? ;)
Let's Play 36
GHIN Handicap: 7.8 … 9.2 … Let’s just say I am around a 14!

User avatar
jattruia
Posts: 428
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:32 pm
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by jattruia » Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:03 am

I played it a couple times, although when i was a much higher handicap. From what i remember, it's a fun, difficult course. I remember the first hole, and a couple par three's. One par three is surrounded by a bunker that you can't really see from the tee due to long grass the whole way from tee to green. The other is hole 10 i believe; the signature hole. A long downhill 3 over water with a huge green with a gully running through the middle. You HAVE To get on the right tier for a chance at par. To top it off, i think there's a snack shack right next to the tee box so there's a chance of an audience. Enjoy the round and let us know how you do.

User avatar
legitimatebeef
Posts: 5113
Joined: Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:34 pm
Location: island off the coast of america
dogs: 1
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by legitimatebeef » Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:21 am

Donald Ross is one of the pioneering course designers (not gonna say architect because it is kind of silly to call this stuff architecture) in America. Anytime you can play a course that was built by horse-drawn tractor, I say that is pretty cool.
Build a bridge and get over it.

User avatar
DougE
Posts: 1691
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:40 pm
Location: Maryland
dogs: 1
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by DougE » Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:48 pm

A tough course and a very good course. It's massive. Private. Yale alumni and members only. Only played it once, many years ago in a business outing, back when I was a die-hard sailor and only a very casual golfer. Now that I have some semblance of a game, I would like another shot. Unfortunately, I have moved away from the New Haven area, and even so, don't know any members who would invite me. You have to be invited or know someone to get on...or play in an outing. Lots of difficult bunkers and some forced carries. (But back when I played it, ALL bunkers were difficult for me!) Not for the faint of heart. It's one of the best courses in the country and is always listed in Golf or Golf Digest's Top 100 Private Courses in America. It's awesome that you have the opportunity to play it. Good luck.

User avatar
jattruia
Posts: 428
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:32 pm
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by jattruia » Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:08 pm

DougE wrote:You have to be invited or know someone to get on...or play in an outing.
So true. The only way i was able to play was because someone had a connection with the New Haven Register so we played for free.

User avatar
Coda1850
Posts: 921
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:17 pm
Location: MA
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by Coda1850 » Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:32 pm

O.k., so it is a *special* course. Thought so but just checking - pretty excited now. The website has youtube flyovers of every hole. I'll check that out before playing. Getting on through work related stuff, nice little perk... This same guy has brought me out to Orchards in South Hadley twice.

Thanks for the info. Really looking forward to it now!
Low Round: 83, +11 Green Hill - 09/15/14
Low Round: 83, +11 Indian Meadows - 09/12/15

Mark unread?

User avatar
GBOGEY
Posts: 607
Joined: Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:22 pm
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by GBOGEY » Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:56 pm

Take you normal score, add at least 3-6 strokes and don't expect to do any better than that. Blow off 3 putts - the course is hard and new to you. That way you can enjoy it better.

User avatar
Coda1850
Posts: 921
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:17 pm
Location: MA
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by Coda1850 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:06 pm

Played this gem yesterday. It was a nice course. Quirky, but I thought it was a very nice & interesting layout. Trouble is definitely lurking, what seems like, everywhere. I have been playing like garbage this year, avg score is 98/99 or so.

I shot 90 with 10/14 fairway, hit 7 greens, 37 putts. Played well considering my norm ^ this year.

My best stretch was hole #2 - #8... went: bogie, par, bogie, par, par, par, bogie... & I birdied #12.

Here's a pic of the 205 yrd. par3 9th
Image

You can't really tell from the pic but wow, what a green!!!

As I remember from Donald Ross' Orchards he tries to mess with you visually off the tee (hell, & most approach shots). Knowing this helped me off the tee. So many shots were visually intimidating. I had to really focus. Alot of the greens had some real slopes. Slopes, mounds, false fronts... these greens were all you could handle & more - especially if you're in the wrong spot.

After the round we drove past Yale & headed to the famous Frank Pepe's for some world famous pizza.

Image

Long day but it was saaawweeeeeeeet!

[One of the guys I was with shot 74 :shock: ]
Low Round: 83, +11 Green Hill - 09/15/14
Low Round: 83, +11 Indian Meadows - 09/12/15

Mark unread?

User avatar
jattruia
Posts: 428
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:32 pm
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by jattruia » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:44 pm

Well done, and way to top it off with the best pizza in the country. I certainly do miss New Haven style pizza.

User avatar
Coda1850
Posts: 921
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:17 pm
Location: MA
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by Coda1850 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:54 pm

jattruia wrote:Well done, and way to top it off with the best pizza in the country. I certainly do miss New Haven style pizza.
Hell yeah. That pizza was good! The more you ate the better it got... Had some left-overs re-heated today for lunch. It's not the same re-heated tho.
Low Round: 83, +11 Green Hill - 09/15/14
Low Round: 83, +11 Indian Meadows - 09/12/15

Mark unread?

User avatar
legitimatebeef
Posts: 5113
Joined: Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:34 pm
Location: island off the coast of america
dogs: 1
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by legitimatebeef » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:22 pm

jattruia wrote:Well done, and way to top it off with the best pizza in the country. I certainly do miss New Haven style pizza.
Amen. Better than NYC.
Build a bridge and get over it.

User avatar
DougE
Posts: 1691
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:40 pm
Location: Maryland
dogs: 1
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by DougE » Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:29 am

New Haven pizza is the best! Pepe's is unbelievable. Saturday nights in the summer, there is a line around the block to get in. Standing in that famous line is part of the social experience. The pizza itself is worth the hour and a half wait.

Great job Coda, at a pretty tough course.

User avatar
bkuehn1952
Posts: 2198
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:08 pm
Location: The Frigid, Sunless Mitten
dogs: 0
Contact:

Re: The Course at Yale

Post by bkuehn1952 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:04 am

USA! USA! USA! ... oops, wrong thread.

Mr. Coda, nice playing young man. Your dinner stop made for a great day.
Let's Play 36
GHIN Handicap: 7.8 … 9.2 … Let’s just say I am around a 14!

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests