Connecticut’s Best Golf Courses

The Keney Park Golf Course in Windsor, Connecticut is one of the best deals among the top-ranked courses in the United States in Golfweek’s Best lineup. Green fees at the municipal course are capped at $36 for residents, and even non-resident fees are capped this year at $45.

Not bad at all for the #1 ranked public access course in the state on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list.

With nine holes built just north of Hartford by Devereux Emmet in 1927 and another nine by city engineer Robert “Jack” Ross a few years later, then remodeled by Matthew Dusenberry in 2016, Keney Park now offers a very interesting set of greens which impressed top Golfweek reviewers who sampled the layout.

Golfweek’s Best offers numerous lists of course rankings, with the list of the best public-access courses in each state among the most popular. All of the courses on this list allow public access in one way or another, whether it’s standard daily green fees, through a resort, or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there is a will, there is a starting time.

Golfweek’s top rankings of the best private courses in each state are also popular, and that list is also included below. Connecticut ranks highly in this category, with each of the top five private systems in the state ranking among the top 200 classic or modern courses in the United States.

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(m): Modern course, built in 1960 or later
(c): classic course, built before 1960
Note: If there is a number in parentheses with the m or c, it indicates where this course ranks among Golfweek’s top 200 modern or classic courses.

Best Public Access Courses in Connecticut in 2022

Wintonbury Hills, Connecticut (Courtesy of Indigo Golf Partners)

1. Keney Park
Windsor (c)

2. Wintonbury Hills
Flower field (m)

3. Big River
Milford (m)

4. Lac des Isles (North)
North Stonington (m)

5. Fox Hopyard
East Haddam (m)

6. Shennecosset
Groton (c)

7. Hotchkiss
Lakeville (c)

8. Oxford Greens
Oxford (m)

9. Richter Park
Danbury (h)

10. Sun of Mohegan
Baltic (m)

Best Private Lessons in Connecticut in 2022

Yale Golf Course Yale Golf Course in Connecticut (Courtesy of Yale)

1. Yale Golf Course
New refuge (60c)

2. Fairfield DC
Fairfield (96c)

3. Club Stanwich
Greenwich (T99m)

Greenwich (T132c)

5. Round Hill
Greenwich (T145c)

How we rank courses

The hundreds of members of Golfweek’s Best Review Panel continuously evaluate courses and rate them against 10 criteria on a 1-10 point basis. They also provide a unique overall rating for each course. These overall scores are averaged to produce these rankings.

Michael C. Ford