If you are looking to improve your golf game this summer, all you need to do is practice. What better way than by working your way through some of CT’s best golf courses? Here are 15 of Connecticut’s most unique courses that any lover of golf absolutely must try.
Worried about price? We know golf can be an expensive sport, so we made sure to include plenty of courses on this list that you can play without emptying your bank account. (Pro-tip: If you want to get even more savings, check tee-times the day-of for discounted rates.)
1. Connecticut National Golf Club – Putnam
I have to say that CT National is one of my favorite courses. They have an interesting course set-up that gives golfers a diverse challenge that tests all aspects of their game. This beautiful course is a bargain to play, you’ll spend about $50 to walk and about $70 to ride. When I played this course, it truly pushed my game to a point where some of my golf balls ended up in the woods, or maybe a pond or two. If you are looking for a beautiful challenge, CT National is the perfect place to visit.
2. Highland Greens – Prospect
Highland Greens is the only full-length par three golf course in the state. They strive to make sure their course is the best par three around with low greens fees and pristine course maintenance. They even have the capability to accommodate any late night golfers with their stadium lighting. Golfing at night seems like a brand new concept, but Highland Greens makes it possible for any golfer looking to sneak a few extra holes in.
3. Lake Of Isles – North Stonington
If you are a golfer I’m sure you have heard the name Lake Of Isles getting tossed around from time to time. Lake Of Isles is rated as one of the best golf courses in the country and has the pricey greens-fees to back it up. This is a dream course. The difficult twists and turns of this course challenges even the most experienced golfers. As a non-member, you have access to the North Course. If you are lucky enough to know a member you might be able to have the chance play the South Course as well. If you have a little extra cash hanging around this is one that you have to play at least once.
4. Lyman Orchards – Middlefield
Lyman Orchards offers a few different courses to please a multitude of different golfers. The Jones Course, being the only public course designed by legendary golf architect, Robert Trent Jones, and Players Course are two separate 18-hole courses. The Apple Nine course is a little par- 3 perfect for working on your short game. Check out Lyman Orchards if you want to play some diverse courses without breaking the bank. The courses are only a couple minutes drive from the Orchards where you can pick your own Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, pears and pumpkins depending on the season.
5. Great River Golf Club – Milford
The Great River Semi-Private Golf Club is located right along the Housatonic River, offering amazing views during your round. The Great River Golf Club is a highly rated course that offers a golf cart, private locker access, and pre-game driving range included with your greens-fees. This course may rank a little higher on the price scale but you truly get what you pay for. When you finish your round, check out Monty’s River Grille, located in the clubhouse, this restaurant is home to amazing food making it a perfect stop to end a golf day.
6. Topstone – South Windsor
Topstone is South Windsor is a premier destination for anyone in the area. They have reasonably priced greens-fees so plan to spend around $60 if you want a cart. This looks like an average course with plenty of par 4’s and long par 5’s with some shorter holes sprinkled in. This course gives you a ton of variety and challenging obstacles that push you to improve your game. While traveling around Top Stone, you can enjoy scenic water features and a railroad track that runs right through the course. Head over to the clubhouse for a celebratory burger!
7. Indian Springs – Middlefield
Indian Springs, located in Middlefield, is a challenging 9-hole golf course. A quick nine-hole round will cost you about $30 with a cart. This short golf course offers some longer holes making it a great spot for someone who wants to get some swings in without having to play a par-3 course. If you really want to dial-in your swing, the spacious course at Indian Springs allows you to practice without having to worry about being in the “lumberyard”. (Any Caddyshack fans out there?)
8. Portland Golf Course West – Portland
At Portland Golf Course you can expect to pay around $30-$40 depending on if you go during the week or on the weekend. The front nine opens up with a wide fairway perfect for getting the confidence up. After a couple of easier holes to get around, you have to overcome a couple of water features. The back-nine has a similar difficulty but seems to tighten up in a few spots making it tricky to conquer. Watch out for the sixth hole, a 366-yard par 4!
9. Rockledge Golf Club – West Hartford
Rockledge Golf Club is an 18-hole course with a total yardage of 6,436 yards. Warm up your game with their exclusive driving range. All you’ll need is a small bucket of balls to wake up those swinging joints. They offer some instructional classes for juniors and adults if you need some help tweaking your swing. Challenge yourself with a couple of doglegs, quick greens and tight fairways at Rockledge.
10. Fox Hopyard – East Haddam
If you are looking for a well-maintained course with diverse obstacles, the Fox Hopyard is your answer. They have “530 acres of rolling hills, dense forest, open pastures, running brooks, ponds and stone walls.” This course touches on each of these different types of terrain as you conquer each hole. Having played here I can attest to this courses beauty and difficulty. A pretty penny will get you access to this course for the price of about $100.
11. Willow Brook – South Windsor
Willow Brook is self-proclaimed “Connecticut’s Friendliest Golf Course.” Back in 2017, the Willow Brook course was named Course of the Year by New England Golf Course Owners Association. Even though they have high remarks, they offer 18 holes of golf for about $40 which is a bargain to play on such a renowned course. This is a must visit in the summer if you want to play an awesome course and save a little extra in the process.
12. Longshore Golf Course – Westport
Longshore Golf Course, located in Westport, was voted #8 in Golfweek’s 2017 “Best places you can play” in Connecticut. Longshore offers discounted rates and tee-time preference to “Handpass Holders.” These passes are only available for purchase to those living in Westport. This doesn’t mean that you can’t play here, it justs means you may pay a little extra. If you don’t live in Westport you are going to pay around $50 for an 18-hole round of golf on the weekdays and $50-$60 on the weekends.
13. Gainfield Farms – Southbury
If you only have a couple hours to get a couple holes in, need to work on your short game, or just love a par-3 course, you need to go to Gainfield Farms. They have 8 par-3 holes and 1 par-4 so you will have plenty of opportunities to tighten up those iron shots. They say that the entire course can be played in about 2 hours so it’s perfect for anyone who is pressed for time. Give Gainfield Farm a try, this could be your new spot for perfecting your iron shots without having to go to the driving range.
14. River Ridge – Griswold
This 18-hole, 72 par golf course is located in Jewett City. I have played this course many times and always find a new challenge every time I visit. The course is pretty straightforward with a couple of curveballs. I always forget that all of the elevated shots are deceiving and I always forget to club-up, especially on the last hole.
15. Stonybrook Golf Course – Litchfield
Stonybrook Golf Course is located in Milton and offers a 9-hole golf course loaded with par-4’s. They claim to be super friendly, laid-back and offer up a great environment to play a round of golf. If you want to by and play, you can expect to pay about $30 if you want a cart and about $20 if you like to walk.