Course Review: Wallingford Country Club, CT – July 12, 2023

For the second year in a row, I was invited to play Wallingford Country Club in Connecticut as part of a Member-3 Guest with my dad and his friend who lives up there. 

Established in 1898, Wallingford is one of the premier courses in Central Connecticut. 

It stretches to as much as 6,418 yards from the back tees and is a par 71 with three par-5s and four par-3s. 

Wallingford 6th hole PHOTO: Joe Calabro

Needless to say, we did not play from the back tees.

Anyway, we started on the fifth hole which is across the street and is a straight away par-5 with a slight dog-leg right at the end.

The sixth hole is a cool par-3 over water, which is now the new home for my golf ball.

Seven is a nice par-4, again straight away, while eight presents a narrow tee shot.

Wallingford is a good mix of different shots and shot types, there are a few dog legs off the tees and tough shots into par-3s.

As it relates to this member-guest, the best part of the entire thing was at the turn, they had clams on the half shell.

Wallingford had a guy there shucking them throughout the day so they were fresh.

I think we stood there for ten minutes stuffing our faces with clams.

Clams on the Half Shell at the Turn PHOTO: Joe Calabro

Rhode Island clubs should definitely invest in this, though it is not good for pace of play.

Anyway, the toughest hole on the course, at least for us, is the fourth hole, an uphill, long, par-3.

We struggled on this hole last year, and did so again this year.

Overall, I struggled in general. Given how busy GolfNewsRI has been, I haven’t been playing much myself.

Also, I was a bit distracted trying to follow the scoring of the RI Amateur.

But, I showed some flashes and we had a great day in Connecticut.

Wallingford is a cool place, the course was in a great shape and I’m hoping to get invited back next year.

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