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Mill Pond GC Review

Located in Medford, NY this par 70 course is a beauty. The first time I played I was surprised by how well conditioned the course was but something about the course design really didn’t appeal to me. Today, after about 10 rounds, I must say that this is one of my favorite courses. There really is something to be said for knowing a golf course!

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The beautiful Par 5 3rd
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The course itself has a nice clubhouse that’s used as an event venue normally and a decent sized driving range that’s matts only. The first hole is a tight little par 4 over some water, right in front of a terrace of golfers enjoying a cold one at the 19th hole. The ensuing 10 holes are a traditional Long Island links style with fescue surrounding undulating fairways and greens. The front 11, as I call it here, because after 11 you go by the clubhouse and under the road to the back portion of the course which has a completely different feel, is highlighted by the 8th and 11th holes.

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Tough approach shot here at the 8th
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200 yards to that green if you want an eagle on the Par 5 12th

The 8th hole is a tough par 4 protected by a large lake (above left). The approach shot is often a good 150 yard carry over the lake to a tiered, sloped green. Going long into the fescue or bunker leaves a tough downhill chip that could end up wet!  The 11th hole is a beauty with a lovely creek meandering through the green. Hit a 180 yard ball then a pitching wedge to a long green. After the hole, you go under the road to the best part of the course. The back 7. The first hole, the 12th, is a picturesque par 5 (above right) with a massive bunker protecting an elevated green that is relatively receptive to golf balls. Miss short and you’re in trouble! The lay up here is pin high, or short of that, to the right which likens it to the legendary Par 5 4th of Bethpage Black.

 

Another great hole here is the 1 handicap, the Par 4 15th. The hole itself is 444 yards with an ever-so-slight dogleg to the right. But instead of being lined by fescue its lined with a thick pine forest so you have to be precise. This gives the hole a completely different feel than the rest of the course – a somewhat welcomed escape.

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The unique Par 4 17th
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A foggy finish here on the 18th

Overall, the course’s design is simple yet utilizes the undulating hills nicely with appropriately placed bunkers. This course has seen a lot of play this year and its condition from May to now in August is significantly better than most. Hats off to the greenskeeper as he truly does a great job! (You can see the condition difference in the below photos). My grade for the course is an 8.4. Marks only taken off here for lack of flare and consistent slowness of play.

 

 

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The short Par 4 5th
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