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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 August 2018. 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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Description: Yale remains a testament to everything that is truly magical about classical, penal and strategic golf course architecture. Rating: 5.1 out of 6

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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Description: Dan Jenkins reckons "Seth Raynor's best work is the Country Club of Fairfield... It's short but covered up with charm." Rating: 5.5 out of 6

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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Description: 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. Rating: 4.3 out of 6

Tamarack

4th 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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Description: 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. Rating: 6 out of 6

Wee Burn

5th 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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Description: 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. Rating: 6 out of 6

TPC River Highlands

6th Connecticut - Best in Area

The course at TPC River Highlands was once home to Middletown GC then Edgewood CC before makeovers enabled the PGA Tour to establish it as venue for the annual Greater Hartford Open.

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Description: The course at TPC River Highlands was once home to Middletown GC then Edgewood CC before makeovers enabled the PGA Tour to establish it as venue for the annual Greater Hartford Open. Rating: 4 out of 6

Round Hill

7th 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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Country Club of Waterbury

8th 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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Connecticut Golf Club

9th Connecticut - Best in Area

Founded by Lawrence Arthur Wien, a lawyer turned real estate investor, Connecticut Golf Club opened for play in the mid-1960s, with members playing on a golf course designed by Geoff Cornish.

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Brooklawn

10th Connecticut - Best in Area

Host to the 1979 US Women’s Open and 1987 US Senior Open, the course at Brooklawn Country Club is a late 1920s redesign by A. W. Tillinghast that’s been modified and adapted for the modern era by Ron Forse.

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