Bloomfield is just 15 minutes from bustling Hartford, yet it seems a world away when you’re strolling the peaceful, picturesque fairways of the Wintonbury Hills Golf Course. This Pete Dye-design opened in 2005 and was the first New England course created by the legendary architect. The par-70 layout combines open links-style holes with tree-lined fairways, providing ample challenge.
Make sure to visit The Tap Inn after golf. Not your typical golf course pub, the menu was created by executive chef Rebeca Ostafin, who previously worked at The Wynn and Encore casinos in Las Vegas.
Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam is one of three distinguished layouts owned by Bill Sandri, who also operates the award-winning Crumpin-Fox Golf Club in Massachusetts and Fox Hollow Golf Club in Florida. Built by Roger Rulewich, it sits adjacent to Devil’s Hopyard State Park and plays to a par-71 at nearly 7,000 yards from the tips.
Woods, meadows, water, wetlands, and wildlife combine to make this a memorable challenge, while the stunning clubhouse sits atop a 30-foot rock ledge and provides commanding views of four holes and a five-acre pond.