Pace of play: We didn't shatter any records here, but it "felt comfortable." We weren't waiting on the group ahead of us and didn't really hold up the group behind us. It moved along pretty well. Great flow, or feng shui, grasshoppah. Finished in 4 1/2 or slightly less, which was acceptable.
19th: Another New Haven-ish clubhouse; pretty much non-descript. The 19th at LVCC bears a striking resemblance to those at The Country Club of Woodbridge and Alling Memorial. Not sure why the same cookie cutter was used for all three.
In summary: Maybe because no one in our group had played LVCC and we played it on the cheap; it over-delivered, but we still liked all that it had to offer. With its 129 slope rating, going low at LVCC is no easy task.
We've found New Haven area courses to be overpriced when one can't catch an online bargain. We played this one when it was under MDM (mis) management. Maybe it'll get upgraded from a reasonably sound...
Layout minutiae, front 9
Learn from our newbie mistakes. What we learned on the 1st hole was that you should just let it rip off the tee. Don't overthink the dogleg left. If you're thinking about using a 3-wood or less from the box, reach down to see whether you still have a pair. Hammer away!
Bunkers: there's so much good stuff going on at LVCC that we're not going to bitch about them, but...no one in our group looked forward to hitting from them or was able to hit a good shot from them. They're not obnoxious: high-lipped and deep are rare, as are fairway bunkers that can impede your progress to birdie/par, but they're of material foreign to most Goat Trackers, or golfers, for that matter. A good mix of riverbed clay, which always contains flat, red stones that will wreck your sand wedge. After further reflection, it's all that much more reason to like LVCC. If you don't want to hit from the sand, by all means, try to avoid it.
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The key to getting things moving in the right direction from the 1st tee was the sexagenarian, (maybe septuagenarian, maybe even octogenarian) Starter. "What are you waiting for? Hit it!" was definitely the quote of the day, when he barked that at the group in front of us. "Hit it while we're young," may have been a stretch for him to pull off, but this is exactly the kind of "motivational speaking" we like on a crowded first tee. This guy was our hero. So skilled at wrangling, that he could probably herd cats. He ran the first tee like a rodeo, as in, "Let's get out of the chute!"
Navigation (for those traveling great, or not so great, distances to play this fine course). After peeling off the main drag and meandering through the narrow neighborhood side street; if you miss the first parking lot entrance to LVCC on your left, don't worry, there's a second one not too far away. Very accommodating.
The Tracker known as Wink had no problem arriving ahead of schedule, moving north along I-95 from New Jersey; the Tracker known as Rabbit Ears did not share the same experience working I-95 from the other direction. When Rabbit Ears was late, the excuses sounded a lot like those from Jake in the classic sewer tunnel scene from the Blues Brothers, minus the locusts. The point is that LVCC is easily accessible from most major thoroughfares in the Nutmeg state and points south in the tri-state area.
Laurel View Country Club (Hamden, Connecticut) Reviewed August, 2013
Playing LVCC is almost Clark Griswold Walley World fun, (i.e., so much fun that you'll need plastic surgery to remove the smile from your face...or...maybe you'll be whistling zippity-doo-da out your ass all day; take your pick) An outdated pop culture reference? Sure... But Laurel View is that much fun to play.
Now that it's been oversold, let's see how the rest of the LVCC review stacks up...
Greens: recently aerated before our visit, so we we were all "victimized" by bad rolls on numerous occasions, but it felt good knowing that they probably roll well any other time other than when we're playing them.
On the turn...you may notice from your perch that the back 9 has a lot more hills and a lot fewer opportunities to hit across tree lines.
Layout Minutiae, back 9
After getting our brains pretty well beaten in on the front 9 and noticing that the back 9 looked a lot hillier, we thought that it could've turned ugly, or uglier. Surprisingly, not so. This is when Goat Trackers suck it up and start scoring. Overall, we liked that the LVCC layout wasn't too new-school-cute; just classic old school Tracking.