New England in the Fall. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the chance to as of yet. In fact, I haven’t spent any time in this part of the country but many of my friends have. Between the history, things to do outside, and quaint places to explore, it sounds idyllic to say the least.
What I hadn’t learned until recently was about the abundance of golf opportunities, especially in Connecticut. Wanting some further insight, I consulted some close friends, and reached out to some of our loyal Connecticut readers to get their perspective.
Having compiled all the data, I’ve come up with a list of the top ten golf courses anyone can play in the Constitution State.
Pequabuck Golf Club
There’s no shortage of old, iconic golf courses in the Northeast. Pequabuck Golf Club is no exception.
Built in 1902, this track is a stearn test of golf even though it’s only a par 69. With just two par fives and five difficult par threes, you’ll need to think your way around here if you want to score well.
Small, treacherous greens have been known to embarrass even the best putters. Stay below the hole is the rule of thumb.
This is classic New England golf with tight fairways lined with a stately mix of coniferous and deciduous trees and plenty of water to negotiate.
If you get the chance to tee it up at Pequabuck Golf Club, I’m told it’s a round you won’t soon forget.
Indian Springs Golf Course
Even though it’s only nine holes, Indian Springs appears to be a resounding favorite for Connecticut golfers.
Located in the town of Middlefield, the track has remained largely unchanged since it opened in 1964.
The greens in particular have received rave reviews. Large in size and immaculately kept, if you start your ball online, there’s a good chance it’s going in.
The course winds its way through the forest and many holes have significant elevation changes which can make club selection tricky.
I’m also told that the restaurant has some of the best food in the area.
When I eventually make it to Connecticut, you can bet I’ll play a round at Indian Springs.
Connecticut National Golf Club
One of the best courses in the entire state is Connecticut National Golf Club.
Located in the town of Putnam, this course proves a stern test from the first tee to the 18th green.
You’ll want to stay in the fairway out here. Expansive bunkers and knee-high fescue line most fairways. If you venture offline, finding, letting alone hitting, your second shot can be a daunting proposition.
If you want to work on your game, the practice facility features a large driving range, world class short game area, and two practice putting greens.
The club house is everything you would expect as well. A full-service restaurant, banquet facilities, and professional staff are here to make your experience at Connecticut National top-notch.
Tallwood Country Club
Don’t let the words “country club” in the course’s name fool you. This track isn’t reserved for your granddad and his pleated pant buddies. In fact, everyone is welcome at Tallwood.
For more than 40 years, Tallwood has been a staple in New England golf. It has a long and storied history of playing host to some of the area’s most prestigious tournaments.
The course sits on over 200 acres of rolling farmland and densely wooded forest.
A recurring with New England golf courses is tight fairways. That’s indeed the case at Tallwood. Keep the ball in play if you want any chance of hitting the small push-up greens in regulation.
Portland Golf Course
The only “Portlands” I had heard of were in Oregon and Maine, respectively. That was only until I received feedback about the outstanding Portland Golf Course in Portland, Connecticut.
Known for being in great shape and one of the best values in the state, Portland Golf Club is a can’t miss if you’re in the Hartford or Shoreline areas.
Once again, tree lined fairways dictate the importance of staying in play.
Elevation changes throughout the course add a lot of character.
Even more, everyone raves about how friendly and accommodating the staff is at this facility.
Sounds like a winner to me!
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
Fox Hopyard Golf Club is one of the premier daily fee courses in Connecticut.
The mixture of holes here is something to behold. The course’s terrain features wide fescue-hewn pastures, wooded tree lined fairways, dramatic elevation changes, and water hazards that get your attention.
When you come out to Fox Hopyard, you’ll feel like you’re a member at a private club. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and personally see to it that every guest has an enjoyable experience.
For one of the more distinct rounds in all the state, Fox Hopyard is a great choice.
Sterling Farms Golf Course
It’s hard to believe that Sterling Farms is only a 40-minute drive from downtown New York City.
Nestled in a quiet parklike setting, you’ll feel like you’re 1,000 miles away from the hustle and bustle at this course.
Situated on an old dairy farm, this 1969 Geoffrey Cornish design boasts one of the toughest sets of par threes in Connecticut.
Water hazards come into play on a number of holes, so you’d best be accurate.
Since the course isn’t overly long, it’s playable for golfers of all abilities.
If you’re looking to escape the city for a tranquil round in the country, Sterling Farms is calling your name.
Manchester Country Club
Manchester Country Club opened its doors in 1917 – that’s a long time ago.
Precision is the name of the game out here as strategically placed fairway bunkers and well-protected greens present all the challenge you could want.
The design incorporates the property’s natural features yet, there’s nothing too tricky. Most shots are right in front of you.
Even though the greens are small, they’re known for being sneakily fast. Make sure you don’t short side yourself and stay below the hole.
If you happen to be in the Manchester area in late August, sign up for the Manchester Open. The tournament has been played since 1946 and annually draws some of the best players in the region.
History meets a great test of golf at Manchester.
Timberlin Golf Club
At the base of Ragged Mountain in the town of Berlin lies Timberlin Golf Club.
Designed by Al Zikorus in 1970, this track is built on rolling terrain and boasts expansive views of the farmland below.
In 2006, the course underwent a $2 million wall-to-wall renovation and the reviews have been glowing since it’s completion.
Manicured fairways, true greens and full-service amenities make this course a favorite for locals and visitors alike.
Southington Country Club
Southington Country Club is nestled in the Apple Valley between the Waterbury and Meriden Mountains.
The front nine is built into an open hillside that affords plenty of room off the tee. Even though the back nine is flatter, it’s much narrower and demands course management.
If you’re an old architecture enthusiast, you’ll feel right at home at Southington Country Club. Built in 1922, this course has the subtle quirks characteristic of the era.
After your round, be sure to check out the Back Nine Tavern. A full-service bar and mouth-watering wood-fired pizza await.
I’ve never been to Connecticut, but I’ve always wanted to go. After hearing from close friends and so many avid readers, it sounds like a golf trip is warranted in the near future.
It’s abundantly clear that this great state is rich in golf history and lore. That’s reflected in the many designs that date back well over a century. And the best part is, golf here is affordable. What more could you want than great golf at a tremendous value?
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