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314 Reviews (314)
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Conditions
3.5
Value
3.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.2
74.2%
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251 out of 314 reviews
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4.2
54 Reviews (54)
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4.2
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.4
87.0%
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4.0
77 Reviews (77)
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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Conditions
3.8
Value
3.8
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.6
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 71
Length 6912 yards
Slope 136
Rating 74.1
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Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 2001
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Seasonal
Architect Roger Rulewich (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Major credit cards are accepted.
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Connecticut (2019 #10) (2018 #1)
  • Golf Advisor: Golfers' Choice (2018 #24)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in New England (2016 #25)

Reviews

3.8
314 Reviews (314)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 13
Forced Carries 12
Bunkers 10
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 9
Advanced Golfers 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 8

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Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Let The People Play

Course was in great shape. It was cart path only due to overnight rain so somewhat of an inconvenience. I was sorry to hear they want to go private next year. It was the public that supported them last year when the course was in rough shape. I hope the current members don't mind their annual dues being doubled.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 115
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Just keeps falling

Two hour delay from a storm two days ago. All other corses around here did not have delays.

Every year this course gets worse and worse.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

Very nice course on Level of Lake of Isle and CT National would return. Only complaint was there was no on course cart service on a Thur Afternoon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course

The course is beautiful but the course management was not good. So many groups were waiting for cart.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Only had one issue

Arrived 2 hours before tee time to warm up, wasn’t actually able to start until 40 min after tee time. Carts for thin and far between to obtain. Everything else was excellent.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Punishing

Course in great shape. Punishing but fair. Miss the greens and the rough around them is thick and hard to get out of. Pins tucked near fringe on many holes so when I missed, chips out of the rough with no green to work with was extemely tough. My fault not theirs. Pace was slower than I'd like. Think we came after a scramble and things got slow especially late. Some of tee blocks need repainting. Hard sometime to tell which tee was which. Overall a good experience. Want another shot to make amends for a disappointing scoring round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Recently aerated, and long rough

I have played this course many times over the years. Normally, one of the best tracks in New England. Greens were furry and slow. When I inquired about the greens, I was informed that they had been aerated 7 days ago, though I did not see any evidence of that (late in the year for aerating). No aeration alert when I booked.
Much of the rough was very long.. Always a search for the ball in it. Very difficult to hit out of. Was a 5 hour round waiting for the groups ahead of us, probably from everyone searching for their balls.
I will certainly play here again., but only after doing my due diligence about conditions.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Almost all the way Back!

Was able to book a round on GolfNow for a good deal. Paired with 3 others. Good guys. We teed off at 1140 got done at about 440. A little slow but nothing crazy. Greens were a little slower than I’m used too there but def almost as good as they were before the power outage. Great time of year to play as the leaves are starting to pop. Will go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best public course in CT

This is a fantastic course. Excellent holes, views and conditions. Don't like slow pace of play, carts that completely shut off if you go in a restricted area, carts need to be in too early when is is still light out.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Shame

Worst 18 holes I’ve ever played!

Stuck behind a 4some slowing down play, playing multiple balls, and giving lessons for the full 18.

No ranger, no one checking on the course.

The group in front of us went home after 9 holes because they were so slow!

Spoke the assistant manager at the clubhouse after and he told us he couldn’t do anything because we played the full 18. So we were shamed for not calling and complaining, and also for playing the course that we payed to play.

Great customer service!

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course

too bad A slow group of women two ahead and a slower group of old men were in front of us. A single came up to us on the third hole. We let him go through. When we finished the 3rd hole, the single was waiting on the 4th tee. The old men were still putting. 15 minutes later, we said, lets play as a 5some and if it opens up we will let you go. We kept up to the old men as a 5 some till the 16th hole. A ranger came to on 16 and said people behind us were complaining we were a 5 some. we split up 3 and two and continued to wait every shot through 18….

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fivesome in front

We teed off @150 and @5pm right now we’re only just finishing 12. It’s absolutely horrible playing behind a group of 5 who don’t know proper golf etiquette. No ranger.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 197
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fine Views and Great Golf

The high quality of the layout at Fox Hopyard seemed to supercharge the proceedings today, as only the very best courses I’ve played earlier this year have done. This is an exciting, enjoyable, top-notch layout, excelling in design quality, setting, and playability. The Hopyard occupies the same echelon, I think, as Jay Peak of Vermont or Omni Mount Washington (at Bretton Woods) of New Hampshire, both of which have been ranked #1 by Golfweek in their respective states for 2021. It’s also a spectacular looking track. I’ve played here a couple of times in the past, and walked away, then, feeling about as I did today: more than impressed. The fly in the ointment on this occasion, though (I’m sad to write), was slow play, which docks the overall rating by a star. But I’ll be glad to return and give this course another go.

Fox Hopyard isn’t a gentle course, running up and down, as it does, through unspoiled woodlands, intimidating with several forced carries, and challenging you through imposing hazards on every hole. But it is a fair one, even considering that it slopes as high as 136, because the strategically placed bunkers aren’t overdone, and there is enough width on most of the fairways such that they seldom feel claustrophobic.

Strongest holes at Fox Hopyard:

The par-threes:
All are very good, but the toughest may be long sixteenth, which, without the use of water, makes the most of greenside terrain and bunkering (that is hardly low-key). Eight demands a carry over water and features what may be the course’s best defended putting surface. The fourth, however, stands as one of the best par-3’s in Connecticut. No description needed; just look at the photo.

Three and fifteen, two great par-5’s.
Among all the par-5’s, I’m most partial to the clever third, with its blind second shot to a troublesome layup zone and a well-fortified, plateau green. But the fifteenth is its equal, a 567-yard stunner that challenges, off the tee, with its tight landing zone, then virtually forces a layup on the second. The raised green complex is superb.

A quartet of great four-pars:
The second is a tough, uphill par-4 of 409 that concludes on a bunker-fronted plateau, and 17 is an equally tough, longer version of this one (but without a corridor of woods). Then there’s seven. This hole may be criticized, fairly enough, as a difficult target hole, but I like the use of water to the left and long in its landing zone; then at green again. It demands a well-struck drive, then a pured iron to find the green--no shuffling on this one. The ninth could be the course’s best four-par by virtue of its elevated, hard-to-hold green. But it’s a bit sinister.
The closer: this 551-yard five-par will be for most players a 3-shot hole; you’ll need to be a long and very straight hitter to intelligently risk going for it in two from the deeper tees. Even the lay-up is not without risks, so calculate carefully. But eighteen also manages to be a subtle hole that demands precision and finesse into the green--no small feat.

Conditioning;
To complain is to quibble. The maintenance staff does an admirable job here.

Playing experience:
Had a great time with my playing partners. Played with the friendly and personable Brendan, who hits the ball a ton. We were joined for several holes by a couple of other pleasant guys and good golfers.

Design Strengths:
Certainly, Roger Rulewich, who is best known for his long-time work with Robert Trent Jones, Sr., seems to have taken his sense of direction on this course from Jones, who is counted among the greatest masters of the last century. Here, there are a few excellent risk-reward holes, along with outsized bunkers sprinkled liberally around fairways and greens, a few sizable water hazards to steer clear of, and several greens set upon big plateaus. And like Jones, Rulewich everywhere shows his unerring judgment. Above all, the holes are varied throughout: each par-3, for example, is quite different from the others. Better still, uphill and downhill holes vary in severity, directional movement, and the use and placement of key hazards: the course’s rhythm, fortunately, never runs like clockwork. Most every green complex here is strong, too, and these vary widely by their bunkering and mounding, chipping zones, green shapes and side slopes, as well as slopes on the surfaces themselves.

You’ll often be forced to pitch the ball when you miss a green, which invariably puts pressure on your short game. The long and short of it: I felt little (if any) repetition and experienced no boredom as I played my way around these eighteen. What was constant, however, was the sense of challenge on nearly every shot.

Some conclusions:
Too bad the golfers we played behind here, much of the way, paid little heed to the 40 second or Ready Golf rules, nor spent 3 minutes or less looking for their errant shots. I’ve never seen the need, either, to stand around watching your putt for thirty seconds after you hit it. Pick it up, move on. In any case, Fox Hopyard needs a marshal.

None of this changes the fact that the layout is easily among the most precisely designed, high quality courses I’ve played in Connecticut. Every hole has its virtues. It seems wrong to dub Mr. Rulewich merely an acolyte of Trent Jones, for his sense of style is his own, and what he does is done with flair.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Over 5 hours to play……no ranger in sight…..won’t play there again

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great course 15 holes one style 3 holes links golf

Great golf course to play that rewards good golf shots if you are playing in the fairways. Very penal playing out of the rough especially around the greens .

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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