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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 colonized Connecticut in the early 17th century.

Unlike the neighboring states of New York and Massachusetts, Connecticut does not possess the same high quality golfing strength and depth, but the Nutmeg State boasts circa 160 golf clubs playing over 180 golf courses. However, its standard bearer architecturally comes in the shape of a collegiate golf course.

The layout 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 in Connecticut's crown that was once neglected, then cherished and then neglected again. We sincerely hope the Golden Age gem will shine brightly once again.

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 December 2020. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Connecticut

Yale

2nd Connecticut - Best in Area

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

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Tamarack

3rd Connecticut - Best in Area

Charles “Steam Shovel” 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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Stanwich

4th 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

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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Round Hill

6th 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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TPC River Highlands

7th 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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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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Brooklawn

9th 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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Bull's Bridge

10th Connecticut - Best in Area

Designed with a somewhat uncharacteristic light touch by Tom Fazio, the 18-hole layout at Bull’s Bridge Golf Club was the architect’s first design in the Nutmeg State of Connecticut.

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Connecticut Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 David MJ Lenahan Courses Played 36
2 Doug Roberts Courses Played 27
3 Kevin Laruetti Courses Played 26
4 Michael Price Courses Played 19
5 Steve MacQuarrie Courses Played 18
6 James Gold Courses Played 16
= Adam Tomasiello Courses Played 16
= BAM Courses Played 16
9 Tanner Bown Courses Played 15
10 Todd Ohlmeyer Courses Played 14