Great Golf Getaway

One of the best ways to enjoy Connecticut is to get out play a few rounds of golf. No matter what the season, the air is fresh, the courses beautifully kept and the surrounding hills and meadows are picturesque. And when it comes to challenging first-class layouts, here are three of the best.

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Great River Golf Club Fox Hopyard Golf Club Lake of Isles
Great River Golf Club

Great River Golf Club

The fun and the challenges begin here at Milford's Great River Golf Club, a gorgeous layout on the east bank of the Housatonic River. The front nine weaves through woodland, while the back nine is designed in links style; 12 holes offer a water challenge, six of which border the river. Great River has been ranked among the Top 100 public courses in America by Golf Digest. After your round, you can dine onsite at Monty’s River Grille before getting on the road and heading up to an accommodation closer to your next day’s challenge.

Fox Hopyard Golf Club

Fox Hopyard Golf Club

Next morning, it’s a short, pleasant drive up to East Haddam, home of the Fox Hopyard Golf Club. The challenging course here runs through woods, meadows, water and wetlands. Fox Hopyard has been named the No. 1 Public Access Course in Connecticut by Golfweek, and it won’t take you long to see why.

Lake of Isles Golf Course

Lake of Isles

Meander the back roads on your way over to Mashantucket, home of the Foxwoods Resort & Casino. Hopefully, you’ve already checked out the golf packages offered by the casino for its wonderful golf course, Lake of Isles. The Rees Jones design for 36 holes (on 900 acres!) was recently rated #1 in Connecticut by Golf Magazine, and the North Course, which is open to daily-fee users, packs lots of entertaining challenges into its rolling layout.

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