Seven best golf courses in Hartford

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Details And directions to seven golf courses in and around Hartford

A visit to Hartford is sure to delight with an abundance of historic attractions, arts and entertainment centers, and stunning public parks and gardens. Even after seeing the sights, few things compare to a round of 18 holes on a beautiful golf course. The city and surrounding area boast some of the most striking public courses in the nation. So after you book your hotel in Hartford, Connecticut, hit the course at these 7 public greens.

1. Rockledge Golf Club

Located in West Hartford, the Rockledge Golf Club has the distinction of being recognized as one of the finest 18-hole public golf courses in the United States. This par-72 championship course has a maximum potential of 6,436 yards. Rockledge is also known for its meticulous maintenance and landscaping. Beyond the beauty of the 18 holes, the course provides two practice greens, a driving range with 4 target greens, and a practice bunker. Furthermore, Rockledge is home to a full-service restaurant with three dining areas, a mid-course snack bar, and golf shop. Before you tee up, check out the club’s website for a hole-by-hole course tour with tips from the course’s PGA Professional, Rich Crowe. Rockledge Golf Club is within 5 miles of three comfortable IHG hotels, and just as close to downtown Hartford.

2. Willow Brook Golf Course

The Walter Lowell Distinguished Public Golf Course Award winner Willow Brook Golf course is located just 20 minutes north of Hartford in South Windsor. It also touts itself as the “Friendliest Golf Course in Connecticut.” Even better, Willow Brook is just a ten minute drive from numerous IHG hotels. The par-60, 18-hole course stretches just 3,000 yards, which makes it ideal for beginners or anyone looking to play a quick round of golf. If you’re traveling with children, this course would be great for them to test out their swings without troubling other patrons. Don’t let the length and difficultly fool you, Willow Brook features immaculate greens renowned for excellent conditions.

3. North Ridge Golf Club

Recently reinvigorated by new ownership, North Ridge Golf Club exudes an energy and excitement that golfers of all levels can’t miss. Established in 1960 as Pine Valley Golf Course, the course stretches a maximum of 6,325 yards. There’s no need for a cart and this course is family friendly, so bring the whole brood along. The grounds provide a putting green, chipping area, and practice bunker, all meticulously groomed. Friendly and knowledgeable staff ensure you have the best day on links possible. Travelers can squeeze in a quick 9 holes with ease, as you’re just 3 miles from a welcoming IHG Hotel.

4. Hawk’s Landing Country Club

Country club amenities at a public course is sure to please the traveling golfer at Hawk’s Landing Country Club. It’s also conveniently located near numerous IHG Hotels in Newington, Southington, and Meriden. This exquisite course spans short 5,825 yards at maximum, making it the perfect destination for all skill levels. What really sets Hawk’s Landing apart is the brand new climate controlled banquet room, perfect for weddings, corporate, and social events for up to 250 people. The grounds feature a fully stocked pro shop, grass tee driving range, and chipping and putting practice areas. Wind down after your 18 holes with a stop at the full service restaurant and sports bar.

5. Miner Hills Golf Course

If you’re crunched for time or just prefer a shorter outing, Miner Hills Golf Course is a well maintained 9-hole course covering just 1,769 yards. Make your commute even shorter by booking a hotel in Cromwell. Built on a hill, the course offers unique typography that heightens the interest in the short 9 holes. Executive courses are the perfect place to hone your skills or teach beginners the fundamentals of the game of golf. Tranquil and laid back, Miner Hills Golf Course is the perfect venue for the leisure golfer.

6. Indian Springs Golf Club

Indian Springs Golf Club has been family run for 40 years and has become a true Middlefield institution. In recent years, the course has renovated the driving range, first tee area, and added a practice putting green adjacent to the clubhouse. The family-feel is prevalent, you’d be hard pressed to find a day when the Mom of the family, Jane, isn’t working tirelessly maintain the greens and flower beds. Wide fairways lure players into a false sense of security and often overlook tricky blind spots that truly test their skills. If you’re staying south of Hartford, Indian Springs Golf Club is a must-play.

7. The Tradition Golf Club at Wallingford

In between New Haven and Hartford lies the most complete public golf offering in the area. The 18 holes provide numerous shot selections and incredible conditions. Players can even live out their 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass dreams on Tradition’s very own island green. Picturesque practice facilities will be the perfect start to any golfer’s round. Afterword, a meal or refreshment at the Season’s restaurant will be the perfect finishing touch.

No matter what brings you to Hartford, every golf enthusiast should take the time to tee up at one of these fine links. Book your hotel in Hartford today to be within minutes of these spectacular courses!

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