Connecticut

The New England state of Connecticut is often referred to as the Constitution or Nutmeg State and originally took its name from the Connecticut River which cuts through the state. The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle in the present day state capital, Hartford, but it was the English that colonised Connecticut in the early 17th century.

Unlike the neighbouring states of New York and Massachusetts, Connecticut does not possess the same high quality golfing strength and depth, but the Nutmeg State does have its standard bearer in the shape of the world’s premier collegiate golf course. The golf course at Yale University has experienced ups and downs since it debuted in the 1920s. Routed across dramatic terrain by Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor, Yale is the jewel of Connecticut that was once neglected but now cherished.

According to the author and sportswriter, Dan Jenkins, The Country Club of Fairfield is Seth Raynor’s finest creation, stating, “it's short but covered up with charm.” The Stanwich Club at Greenwich competes a trio of top-drawer golf courses for the Constitution State. Apparently, the name chosen for the club had been part of the local lexicon for nearly 250 years.

Our Connecticut Best In State Rankings were last updated in July 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Connecticut

Yale

1st Connecticut - Best in Area

Yale remains a testament to everything that is truly magical about classical, penal and strategic golf course architecture.

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Country Club of Fairfield

2nd Connecticut - Best in Area

Dan Jenkins reckons "Seth Raynor's best work is the Country Club of Fairfield... It's short but covered up with charm."

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Stanwich

3rd Connecticut - Best in Area

The Stanwich Club has no shortage of great holes but perhaps the pick of the bunch is the par three 13th which, from the tips, plays firstly over a creek and then a pond.

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Wee Burn

4th Connecticut - Best in Area

Wee Burn Country Club dates back to 1896 when George Strath from St Andrews set out a 6-hole course on forty-eight acres of leased farmland. A further three holes were soon added once the members had settled in.

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Round Hill

5th Connecticut - Best in Area

The Round Hill Club’s course dates back to 1922 when Walter Travis laid out the fairways, though Emilio Strazza, the long term green keeper at the club, is also due enormous credit for shaping the putting surfaces.

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Tamarack

6th Connecticut - Best in Area

Charles Banks, Seth Raynor’s associate, laid out the course at Tamarack Country Club in 1929 and it features many standard replica holes like North Berwick’s “Redan” at the 196-yard 7th.

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Woodway

7th Connecticut - Best in Area

Willie Park Jnr designed the course at Woodway Country Club in 1917. The par three 9th is a new hole, built when the clubhouse was replaced in the late 1990s, but nearly everything else on the layout is a hundred years old.

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Lake of Isles (South)

8th Connecticut - Best in Area

The South course is the private 18-hole layout at the 36-hole golf complex where fairways were literally routed around the 90-acre Lake of Isles by architect Rees Jones.

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Country Club of Waterbury

9th Connecticut - Best in Area

In 1928, thirty years after its formation, the Country Club of Waterbury acquired more land to build a new course. Donald Ross was then chosen to fashion a new layout for the membership on this extended 200-acre tract.

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Hartford (Red & Blue)

10th Connecticut - Best in Area

A 27-hole facility, the Red and Blue nines at the Hartford Golf Club are often combined to form the premier 18-hole course. That’s not to say that the 9-hole Green circuit is any way inferior, however.

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