18 wicked-good public golf courses in New England
Great River GC
A wooded, parkland outward nine morphs into a links-style inward nine with water (including the Housatonic River) coming into play on every hole.
Lake of Isles (North)
One of two Rees Jones–designed 18s here, the North can stretch to 7,300 yards, with a slope of 147—it’s rugged but fair from all five sets of tees.
Wintonbury Hills GC
Fifteen minutes from Hartford, this pristine par-70 Pete Dye design from 2005 winningly mixes links-style and tree-lined golf.
Belgrade Lakes GC
A beautiful course from British architect Clive Clark in a beautiful place—On Golden Pond was filmed here.
The Ledges GC
Local architect Brad Booth’s hilly layout moved minimal earth and sports seriously fast and undulating greens.
Sunday River GC
Dramatic and photogenic, this challenging Robert Trent Jones Jr. design makes the most of its mountain setting.
Pinehills GC (Nicklaus)
This tree-lined Nicklaus Design-team layout is classically featured, with subtle fairways leading to bold green complexes.
Crumpin-Fox Club gives golfers a hint of autumnal bliss.
Taconic Golf Club
Taconic Golf Club oozes old-world New England charm.
Breakfast Hill GC
Opened in 2000, this former farmland, transformed by New England architect Brian Silva, wends through 170 acres of majestic pines.
Home to Dartmouth College’s golf teams, this semiprivate club was reinvigorated by a 2001 renovation enhancing its Donald Ross-style character.
Omni Mount Washington
Step back in time at this 1915 Donald Ross gem, which is backdropped by the Presidential Range and the classic hotel, and which will test any short game.
Meadow Brook GC
Roger Rulewich and Dave Fleury transformed a short, flat 1929 course into a 7,400-yard test with elevation changes, big greens and water often lurking.
This links-style Arthur Hills course, opened in 2002, provides Atlantic Ocean vistas and fescue-lined fairways that demand accurate driving.
Minutes from downtown, Triggs is the only public Donald Ross course in the state where he also designed Wannamoisett and Rhode Island CC.
Wending gracefully through the Northern Vermont woods, Graham Cooke’s layout features significant elevation changes throughout.
Okemo Valley GC
The rippling fairways on this rare New England heathland-style, par-70 course provide a true U.K. feel.
The Golf Club at Equinox
An elegant 1927 Walter Travis design that tips out at 6,400 yards, the Equinox features undulating greens that maintain plenty of challenge into the 21st century.
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