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Connecticut’s Best Public and Private Golf Courses: Report

CONNECTICUT – Healthy addiction? Or good walk, lost? Whatever your opinion of the game of golf, there’s no doubt that Connecticut offers some of the best places to play it.

But where to play first? For that answer, we turned to the latest course ratings from Golfweek magazine. Editors named a Hartford golf course, envisioned in part by a links design legend, as the best public-access course in the state.

Keney Park won high honors in Connecticut among courses “for the rest of us”, those that allow public access in some way, whether through standard daily green fees, or as part of a complex or an affiliated hotel.

The first nine holes of Keney Park were designed by the famous course architect Emmet Devereux, and built in 1927. Emmet is best known for his design of the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD and Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club in Bermuda. Locally, he laid out the Hartford Golf Club and Farmington Country Club.

Keney Park’s final nine were built in 1931 and designed by Hartford city engineer Robert “Jack” Ross, who later designed or remodeled a number of Connecticut crossovers. The course was closed while it underwent a $6 million restoration, before reopening in 2016. Since then, Keney Park has hosted the Connecticut PGA Championship, the Hartford Women’s Open, and the Boys’ PGA Junior National Championships and daughters.

All that prestige remains remarkably affordable. Playing 18 holes at Keney on the weekend will only cost you $36 without a cart, and the $20 fee to play dusk golf any day of the week is a bargain.

Ratings are tabulated from input from hundreds of members of Golfweek’s “Best” Rating Panel, who regularly rate courses and rate them against 10 criteria on a 1-10 point basis. They also file a unique overall rating on each course, according to the magazine. These overall scores are averaged to produce these rankings.

Here are Golfweek’s top public courses in Connecticut for 2022:

  1. Keney ParkHartford
  2. Wintonbury HillsField of flowers
  3. big riverMilford
  4. Lake of the Isles (North)North Stonington
  5. Fox HopyardEast Haddam
  6. ShennecossettGroton
  7. HotchkissLakeville
  8. Oxford GreensOxford
  9. Richter ParkDanbury
  10. Mohegan SunBaltic

Of course, if you have a few shekels to shake and really, really enjoy your golf, you probably play on a private course. Connecticut was also well represented on the elite links list, with five of its courses appearing on Golfweek’s list of the top 200 private golf courses for 2022. Three of those five are in Greenwich.