Farmington, which most recently hosted the 2018 Russell C. Palmer Cup, has over the last century been the site of nearly every CSGA major championship, this year adding the Senior Amateur Championship on September 29-30.
John Cleary won the Connecticut Open here in 1963. Farmington hosted two Connecticut Amateur Championships, won by Kevin Gai in 1996 and Jeff Hedden, a member of the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame, in 2002. Brian Ahern won the Palmer Cup here two years ago.
Designed by Devereaux Emmet along the Farmington River in 1924 on the site of a nine-hole course built three years after the formation of the club in 1892, Farmington measures about 6600 yards and plays to par 71, but tends not to yield unusually low numbers. Ahern was five under over three rounds in 2018, when only four players broke par. That was in the early spring. In September the course is expected to play firmer and faster, but certainly not easier.
Though it begins benignly with a par-4 measuring just under 300 yards, the course quickly toughens, and its finish, including the long par 4 16th, rated the toughest hole on the course, the par-5 17th with its narrow, elevated green and the 209-yard par-three 18th, often make for turn-the-table conclusions.
Farmington’s pro shop is unique. The Little Red Clock Shop dates from 1790 and was moved to its present site next to the first tee in the 1930s.
Named for Russell C. Palmer, former CSGA Executive Director (1986-1995) and inductee into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame (1997), the Palmer Cup is the Connecticut Stroke Play Championship. Mr. Palmer’s numerous accomplishments include establishing the use of GHIN throughout CSGA member clubs and initiating the purchase of the “Connecticut Golf House” which for 25 years served as the home of the CSGA and the Connecticut Section PGA.