Historic Tamarack Country Club Ranked by Golf Digest as the #5 Best Course in Connecticut
As Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2019, the historic course received an early accolade when Golf Digest listed Tamarack as the #5 Best Golf Course in Connecticut. Tamarack was designed by noted Golden Age architect Charles Banks, whose other state course credentials include The Course at Yale and the Hotchkiss School Golf Course. Tamarack, which opened for play in 1929, is one of the premier clubs in the region and one of only a handful of original Banks designs.
The distinguished club is enjoying a renaissance since the completion of a Master Plan implemented by noted architect Brian Silva that improved and enhanced the golf course’s playing conditions without altering Banks’s original design intent. Silva’s work included the enlargement of Tamarack’s putting green surfaces, the leveling and increase in size of all tees with the inclusion of new forward and championship back tees on certain holes, and a comprehensive bunker restoration program. All existing fairway bunkers were rebuilt and 24 additional bunkers were installed, while a small number of greenside bunkers were rejuvenated.
Tamarack boasts a remarkable number of holes that were adapted from legendary European courses, including: the stunning long “Biarritz” par-3 (the 12th); a “Redan” (the 7th); the “Eden” (the 3rd) and the “Short” (the 15th). Other historic features found at Tamarack are a “Punchbowl” green (the 11th), a “Double Plateau” (the 13th), “Alps” (the 6th), “Moat” (the 9th) and a “Road Hole” (the 14th).
Tamarack gained local fame as co-host of the popular Ike Championship during its formative years from 1953 to 1962. The Ike was named in honor of former President Eisenhower, who personally approved the competition, and many of the top name amateurs of the day who were affiliated with Met area clubs competed for this prestigious title. Most recently, Tamarack hosted the 2017 MGA Mid-Amateur Championship.
Tamarack, named after a species of pine indigenous to the region, has a reputation as a friendly, family-oriented club. There are many children’s activities such as kids cooking classes, karaoke, tennis, swim meets, junior golf programs, summer day and sports camps, and the annual Family Fun Day.
About Tamarack Country Club
Tamarack’s historic Charles Banks course offers five sets of tees, including two forward tee boxes. In addition to golf, the club has a state of the art pool complex inclusive of a restaurant and locker facilities, plus tennis with five Har-Tru HydroCourts. The gracious clubhouse presents a number of indoor and outdoor dining options for members, as well as for weddings and other special events or parties. Tamarack enjoys an enviable reputation for its culinary excellence. There is a fitness center, a dedicated indoor golf training room and spa services all offered as popular amenities in the clubhouse. For more information about Tamarack Country Club, visit www.tamarackcountryclub.com.