Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in New England

Golf in New England is defined by rolling terrain with fall foliage, plus classic architects like Donald Ross, Willie Park Jr. and Geoffrey Cornish. It's new breed features stellar resort and semi-private golf as well. Many of the state's best courses are 100 years old or more, and golfers love them despite their shorter yardage.

We've looked at states Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont to determine the New England Top 25, according to your reviews throughout 2016.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

Don't see your favorite New England golf course? You can make your voice heard by writing a review here.

Top courses by subcategory in New England in 2016

Course layout: Crumpin-Fox Golf Club
Course conditions: Woodstock Country Club
Value: Wahconah Country Club
Off-course amenities: Omni Mount Washington Resort
Pace of play: Wahconah Country Club
Staff friendliness: Crumpin-Fox Golf Club

Top 25 golf courses in New England

East Haddam, Conn.

North Dartmouth, Mass.

Quincy, Mass.

Farmington, Conn.

Devens, Mass.

Stowe, Vt.

Rumford, R.I.

Hartford, Conn.

North Conway, N.H.

Canterbury, N.H.

Granby, Mass.

Taunton, Mass.

Bloomfield, Conn.

Thompson, Conn.

Hebron, Conn.

Portsmouth, R.I.

Feeding Hills, Mass.

Plainfield, Vt.

North Stonington, Conn.

Southwick, Mass.
No. 24 Course Layout in the U.S. in 2016

Bretton Woods, N.H.

Dalton, Mass.

Newry, Maine

Bernardston, Mass.
No. 32 in the U.S. in 2016

Woodstock, Vt.
No. 17 in the U.S. in 2016

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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Waverly Oaks in Plymouth, MA should be on this list. The course is beautiful and has some interesting holes.

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I can only assume you didn't play Belgrade Lakes. There's no possible list that's accurate without that anywhere in a top 25.

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Richter Park in Danbury, CT must be on this list, challenging and affordable.

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Pine Grove Springs, Carter C.C. The Country Club of N.H. and Hooper G.C. all have great courses and should be considered for interest and the fact that that Mother Nature was a major contributer in there design.

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