Editors' pick

Little Bennett Golf Course

Golf Course
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Editorial Review

Many of the holes at this beautifully maintained course facing Sugarloaf Mountain place an emphasis on accuracy over distance, with tight fairways and uphill drives. Accuracy proves especially important on the holes closing the front and back nines, which require a well-placed tee shot downhill to set up an approach that must carry a waste area to the green. Unlike many municipal courses, the par 5s at Little Bennett are quite long for your average weekend golfer, with the shortest, the undulating fifth hole, coming in at 498 yards from the white tees.

A few holes are a bit gimmicky, including two par 3s with such steep declines that it's almost impossible to take a full swing with a wedge, and the short par-4 13th that splits a fairway in half. But the other 15 holes make up for those, especially the gorgeous 10th, with a huge pond down the entire left side of the hole, and the 12th, a rather simple downhill par 4 with a spectacular view of the mountain.

Before your round, warm up on one of the few grass driving ranges at any public facility or on the course's three practice greens. Or enjoy a beverage or snack on the clubhouse's porch and watch as golfers tee off on the first or putt to finish the 18th.

-- Brandon Weigel (June 15, 2012)