The Best Golf Courses In Connecticut

The Best Golf Courses In Connecticut

Ben Jared | PGA TOUR

When it comes to golfing in Connecticut, the state offers a picturesque tapestry of courses enhanced by stunning fall foliage.

Fairfield County boasts some of the most exquisite greens, while Litchfield County’s rolling hills and the scenic shoreline present their own breathtaking challenges. Whether you’re teeing off amidst the vibrant colors of autumn or enjoying coastal breezes, Connecticut’s diverse landscapes cater to every golfer’s preference.

Discover the top ten courses that epitomize the state’s golfing excellence in our comprehensive guide. From historic layouts to modern marvels, Connecticut promises an unforgettable golfing experience for enthusiasts of all levels.

The Stanwich Club – Greenwich

Stanwich, a Connecticut golf staple since the 1960s, has seen significant upgrades under Tom Fazio’s team, following the club’s masterplan. Recent renovations include rebuilding five green complexes and creating a new first hole, enhancing tee shot options and course views. Further updates are planned.

Yale Golf Course – New Haven

Yale’s golf course, long hindered by inconsistent maintenance and modifications deviating from its 1926 C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor design remains a marvel with iconic holes like the Road, Cape, and Biarritz. Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner restored its original concepts post-2023.

Country Club of Fairfield – Fairfield

Country Club of Fairfield’s design history is tumultuous. Originally crafted by Seth Raynor, later changes included A.W. Tillinghast’s mid-1920s holes, Robert Trent Jones’s 1960s reconfigurations, and Tom Doak’s early 2000s Raynor restoration. Now, Bruce Hepner continues refining the course’s historic aesthetics.

Tamarack Country Club – Greenwich

Amid a hub of exceptional golf courses, Tamarack Country Club, designed by Charles Banks in 1929, stands out. Featuring signature holes inspired by Seth Raynor and C.B. Macdonald, Tamarack’s vast layout offers recovery from errant shots but demands precision for scoring.

Wee Burn Country Club – Darien

Wee Burn Country Club, named by Andrew Carnegie after the brook weaving through it, was artfully designed by Devereux Emmet. Recent tree removals have enhanced its pristine condition, aligning the course with its original intent. Wee Burn offers golfers challenging yet rewarding scoring opportunities.

Bulls Bridge Golf Club – South Kent

Nestled in Litchfield County’s hills, Bull’s Bridge is a Tom Fazio design named after a nearby historic wooden bridge. Offering stunning views of the Berkshire foothills, this private club is a favored retreat for New York City residents. The course features dramatic downhill tee shots and significant elevation changes, making it a challenging walk with uneven lies. Best enjoyed in the fall, Bull’s Bridge showcases its scenic beauty and vibrant foliage.

Round Hill Club – Greenwich

Round Hill, a 6,525-yard course designed by Walter Travis in 1922 and updated by Robert Trent Jones in the 1960s, offers a challenging golf experience. Its sweeping green complexes and thick rough serve as primary defenses. The signature par-3 11th hole, a 178-yard carry over a pond, showcases the picturesque difficulty of Trent Jones’ work. Varied topography adds intrigue to each hole.

TPC River Highlands – Cromwell

Ben Jared | PGA Tour

TPC River Highlands, host of the Travelers Championship since 1984, was initially redesigned by Pete Dye. In 1989, Bobby Weed, a former Dye associate, renovated and expanded the course as part of a pioneering home-development project. Weed’s latest update was a significant bunker renovation in 2016.

Lake of Isles: South Course – North Stonington

Lake of Isles, a 36-hole Rees Jones-designed golf club in North Stonington, Connecticut, opened in May 2005. Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and managed by KemperSports, the club features two courses winding through 900 wooded acres and around a 90-acre lake. The facility offers impeccable conditions, a 50,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, and a state-of-the-art practice facility, providing the ultimate golf experience.

The Hartford Golf Club: Red/Blue – West Hartford

Founded in 1896, Hartford Golf Club features 27 holes of parkland golf, blending Donald Ross and Devereaux Emmet designs. A major renovation began in August 2017, including 132 bunkers, a short game facility, 16 new tees, and 29 rebuilt tees. Architect Bruce Hepner led these enhancements, shaping bunkers and positioning new tees. This unique 27-hole course offers varied layouts unmatched in New England.