GolfWeek.com has named their top ten public golf courses in Connecticut — and we agree they are some of the most scenic, and challenging, fairways in the state. Whether you want to tee off among the trees or cast your club along the coast, there’s a public course that’s perfect for golfers of every skill level.
Many of these courses now require visitors to make tee time reservations and follow social distancing guidelines during play. Be sure to check out each website before venturing out.
Consistently rated at the top of the list of New England’s best courses, Lake of Isles is the golf course that shares its home with Foxwoods Resort Casino. Two scenic, Troon-managed courses wind their way through 900 wooded acres and around a 90-acre lake.
In the rolling hills just 15 minutes from Hartford, you’ll find New England’s first Pete Dye-designed championship course, Wintonberry Hills. Its 6,711-yard, challenging par-70 course is also certified as a wildlife habitat and is considered one of Connecticut’s best.
In the heart of the capital city of Hartford, this 18-hole championship course was designed into 1927, and still retains much of its original character. A renovation that began in 2014 added improvements to fairways, greens and bunkers, as well as an updated clubhouse.
Known as a first-class experience for golfers of all abilities and named one of America’s Top 100 courses by Golf Digest, this Tommy Fazio-designed championship course features a wooded parkland front nine and a challenging water-focused back nine.
Golfweek Magazine rated Oxford Greens the #4 best public golf course in Connecticut, and although it’s the selected site of several annual events and championships, it’s still possible to call for a tee time, 24 hours a day.
Designed by legendary golf course architect Geoffrey Cornish, and featuring a comprehensive golf academy training facility, the highly awarded, championship Par 72 golf course at Mohegan Sun Casino features a challenging design that accommodates all levels of play.
Located equidistant to Hartford and New Haven, this scenic and challenging semi-private course lives winds its way through rolling hills, dense forest, open pastures, running brooks and ancient stone walls.
Less than an hour from Manhattan’s Grand Central Station, Westport’s Longshore Golf Course combines well-bunkered greens with Long Island Sound views. After play, relax and unwind at the nearby award-winning Inn at Longshore.
The facility includes a visually stunning and enjoyable 18-hole golf course, two practice greens, driving range, short game area, and a restaurant.
In the heart of Fairfield County, the undulating fairways and scenic water hazards of Danbury’s Richter Park make for a challenging 18-hole course and a great experience popular with golfers of all skill levels.
An Arnold Palmer designed course, Gillette Ridge in Bloomfield offers a course that winds through “tree-lined fairways, spectacular carries and several natural obstacles.” With two putting greens and a full grass driving range, the course has played host to PGA and LPGA tours.
Mini Golf Heaven
Looking for fun on a smaller scale? Connecticut has mini golf courses to challenge and delight putters of all ages. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Matterhorn, Canton
- Copper Creek, Montville
- Only Game in Town, North Haven
- Saybrook Point Miniature Golf, Old Saybrook
- Nomad’s Adventure Quest, South Windsor (Black Light indoor mini golf)
- R&B Sports World, Winsted
- Sports Center of Connecticut, Shelton
- Safari Golf, Berlin
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