Vote: Which is the best public golf course in Connecticut?

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Are you a weekend hacker? Do you like to go out, hit some balls, take some mulligans and generally create as many divots as humanly possible on the golf course each week?

If so, we want to know which public golf course is your favorite in the state. The criteria is simple:

-How fun and challenging is the course to play?

-How expensive is it?

-How difficult is it to get on?

There are plenty of picturesque, beautiful golf courses that can challenge your game without testing your wallet. But hole for hole, dollar for dollar, which public course is Connecticut’s best?

Simply name the course in the comments section below or on Facebook.

Our News 8 experts have already weighed in with their choices.

In case you need help deciding, we’ve linked to a list of all of the courses in Connecticut.


Noah Finz, Sports Director: Grassy Hill Golf Club in Milford.

“I like Grassy Hill because of the friendly staff, the fun layout, and the fact that it’s challenging, but not too challenging for a hacker like me,” Finz said. He also mentioned that it’s affordable.


Keith Kountz 


Keith Kountz, News 8 Anchor: Sleeping Giant Golf Course in Hamden.

Keith likes Sleeping Giant’s affordability and that the course is fun and well-maintained.

Kels Dayton

Kels Dayton, Ex. Producer of Stony Brook Golf Course in Litchfield.

“I love Stony Brook because it was my home course in high school, they gave us free cheeseburgers, and I have a lot of great memories playing there,” Dayton said. “It’s a very hilly course with some challenging holes, and it’s not too expensive.”



Jocelyn Maminta, News 8 Health Reporter: Alling Memorial in New Haven.

“I took my daughter there for the First Tee program and was surprised at how beautiful it was,” she said.





James Campbell, WTNH’s Resident Golf Ball Destroyer, Meaning it Slices, Hits a Tree and Literally Breaks Apart: Stony Brook Golf Course in Litchfield.

“I like how it starts with a Par 5 right off the bat and has a lot of challenging holes,” Campbell said. He also mentioned Pomperaug Golf in Southbury as his second-favorite.

 Here is what some of you said:

Scott Feulner: Quarry Ridge, Portland CT

Steve Doughty: Wintonbury Hills

Tom Laufer: Orange hills country club!

Gil Brouillette: Is this a joke??? Richter Park in Danbury is one of the top public courses in the country and is not even on list!


  • Gil

    Is this a joke??? Richter Park in Danbury is one of the top public courses in the country and is not even on list!

  • Noah Bergren

    Timberlin GC in Berlin! Nice nature/landscape, challenging course, very reasonably priced and well maintained.

  • Haley

    Guilford Lakes Golf Course

  • Mike Tolhurst

    I have fond memories of playing a round every Summer at the Saybrook Point mini-Golf course run by the Old Saybrook park district. The covered bridge (hole 18) was always a bit difficult if the ball didn’t make it all the way across the bridge.

    The location near the beach and the CT river was also great fun and made for a great afternoon out.

    I also want to bring attention to it because it was sadly flattened by Sandy and needs to be rebuilt.

  • Mary Ann Quinn

    Hunter Golf Course in Meriden. Very challenging. Not a course for beginners, but still fun to play.