Poquoy Brook GC (Public)
Played on May 13
Yardages: 5,451 - 6,871
Architect: Geoffrey Cornish
Poquoy Brook has that typical New England feel to it. Plenty of trees, some that impede the line to a fairway or green, wetlands, and stream roaming around looking for golf balls. It was in good condition, particularly the greens, which rolled true throughout the round.
There was a good variation between all 18 holes and it allows for players to hit a bunch of drivers if they'd like or play back and hit shots into the massive greens with a longer club.
However, there were no "wow" moments on the course. No holes that made you want to return to the tee to play immediately.
Poquoy Brook's greens will leave a lasting impression on most golfers, not for their slopes or wild gradation, but for their sheer size.
The back tees are just a shade under 6900 yards, but those yards come in bunches on some holes.
The closing stretch of 15-18 is a beast and most noteworthy.
The 15th is a 200 yard par 3 with the wildest green and bunkering on the property. A massive mound on the back of the green has likely made and broken rounds over the years.
Then the 16th and 17th holes are 461 and 453 yard par 4s with OB lining the left of both holes as they run along the edge of the property. Those two greens are probably some of the smallest on the course, which doesn't make a ton of sense.
The approach into 16 is blind and the second shot into 17 is from a valley, likely from a downhill lie, back up to the green.
Reading the scorecard and seeing the 18th hole is a 483 yard par 5, you might think it's a birdie hole. Alas, it is set up to force players to hit three iron shots to reach the green. It's a ridiculous hole, I tried to hit driver and ended up playing down the tenth hole and having 100 yard for my third. It's not a great finishing hole, especially after the test on 15, 16, and 17.
If you're in the area and looking for some challenge but also a chance at scoring on a few holes Poquoy Brook is good option.