Golf Advisor Icon
Rating Index Rating
Tooltip Information Icon
4.1
73 Reviews (73)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
39
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.4
94.9%
Recommend this course
68 out of 73 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.9
21 Reviews (21)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.4
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
95.2%
Recommend this course
20 out of 21 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.9
30 Reviews (30)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.4
96.7%
Recommend this course
29 out of 30 reviews
Read Reviews

About

Holes 9
Type Public/Municipal
Par 36
Length 2887 yards
Slope 109
Rating 33.9
Book a Tee Time at
Hop Brook Golf Course
Powered by GolfNow.com

Course Details

Year Built 1910
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Blue Grass

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Reviews

4.1
73 Reviews (73)
Advanced Filters
Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Annoyed

Usually like coming to play here and like the course. This time, the Course was closed due to wet conditions but they made no effort to contact me about it. Took my money from convenience fee and not a word was said. Glad we got on a course nearby instead.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice little fun course

Great place to play . Great value . A few different hole layouts makes this 9 hole course interesting

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 187
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

Golden Age Golf in the Naugatuck Valley

More than any course I’ve returned to recently after many years, Hop Brook stands out as the most improved. How so? Much of the added oomph derives from longer holes, because deep tees, moved much farther back, have been added on nearly every hole. It seems like common sense to do this, given longer-flying golf balls of this modern age, but far too many clubs, who actually have the real estate to achieve such improvements, do not, sadly. Give Hop Brook credit for being one of the few to manage this intelligently and comprehensively. They’ve also made the smart decision to add bunkers on holes three (numerous) and eight (a few). I’m also thinking the wetlands zone on the left side of six was not there when I used to frequent the course so long ago: my last round here was in the early eighties.

The other major change is the course’s superior conditioning today, representing a quantum leap forward from the only fair grooming the course once delivered. Consequently, HBGC seems a wholly different animal--and a fiercer one that will threaten you a bit more. With quicker greens and better groomed fairways, it plays faster and better. The bunkers are particularly manicured and cared for; they’re well raked and filled with fine white sand. One small weakness was a bit of brownout on most of the fairways, surprising and unusual given all the heavy July rains.

The course, set nearly in downtown Naugatuck, benefits from its position next to the cascading Pigeon Brook (if I’m correct) running alongside the sixth hole; you begin from a tee positioned just behind and alongside the brook. Fairways are well-proportioned and the first five holes are separated well enough. The six hole does parallel and border, directly, holes eight and nine. Even though this is a ‘river valley’ course, holes one through five have some striking elevation changes. Variety, then, is a strength of this nine-holer.

The vigor of this track comes mainly from the par-threes and fives. Each one of these holes features character, variety, and some unusual aspect that sets it apart from the ordinary. The par-three seventh exemplifies this well by its raised green, armed with ideal defenses: bunkers on either side and a large hump guarding the middle. And if you’re long, you’ll be chipping from an awkward, downhill lie.

The par-fours fall closer to the side of routine than exciting, though a couple are dog-legged and most all have some of the ground movement characteristic of Golden Age layouts (this was designed in the 1920’s). But a standout is the third, which begins on an elevated tee, presenting a beautiful view of a landing area framed by woods left, a row of mature trees right, and bunkers sprinkled alongside the fairway. The hole concludes at a clever green complex with a sand bunker on the left flank and two grass bunkers to the right.

An Outstanding Hole: Six, Par-5, 512.
A great dogleg-right, strongly encouraging a fade from the tee. But the second shot will be the clincher if you dare slam another long shot down to the green, as the smallish surface is protected by a high-lipped bunker on the right, and, further right, the brook.

An Exhilarating Hole: Five, par-3, 152.
Wow, what a downhill tee shot! This was good when I used to play it way back when, but now, with the longer tee, the vista amazed me. It’s a sheer pleasure to hit a solid shot and watch your ball descend what seems like eight stories to the putting surface.

Some Conclusions:
Hop Brook ranks among the better nine-holers you can play in Connecticut. With great conditioning and a solid layout, this is a very good option for anyone who wants to sneak in a quick yet serious round. Clearly, this is a popular course, busy upon my arrival and positively packed when I left today at 3:30. I paired it up today with Sleeping Giant in Hamden today and enjoyed both rounds thoroughly.

Don’t hesitate to play it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mow the ruff

The course was in pristine shape - except the ruff was uncut & too long!! If you didn’t stay on the fairway - you were in trouble, it didn’t matter where.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

9 holes of fun

Great and challenging layout. Not too long but shot placement is critical. 5th hole downhill par 3 is great. Plan to play at least twice a month

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good value for the cost

Course was in decent shape, greens were very very fast and hard but overall well worth the money. Low rate with a cart for 9, will definitely go back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Jam packed, so bring a chair

I want to start by saying I like playing this course. Not much of challenge if you hit relatively straight. The greens aren't bad. The only problem I have with Hop Brook is pace of play. The weekends are booked out. We asked to skip to 6 to sort of create a shotgun start and were told no. I was not going to wait 2 hours at the first tee and watch 50 golfers tee up. I did get my raincheck and I'll book for a weekday. Have to say, one of the absolute best par 3 holes around is hole 5.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Full club selection

Even though it’s only a 9 hole course it has an excellent layout. Only my second time there but loved it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Nearby Courses
Waterbury, Connecticut
Private
5.0
1
Waterbury, Connecticut
Public/Municipal
3.375
8
Waterbury, Connecticut
Public/Municipal
3.5555833333
10
Oxford, Connecticut
Public
3.9559352941
355
Prospect, Connecticut
Public
0.0
0
Middlebury, Connecticut
Private
0.0
0
Bethany, Connecticut
Public
4.4454941176
355
Wolcott, Connecticut
Public/Municipal
3.9468882353
151
Watertown, Connecticut
Private
0.0
0
Southbury, Connecticut
Public/Resort
3.6177294118
69
Southbury, Connecticut
Public
4.375
5
Southbury, Connecticut
Private
4.0
1
Golf Packages
FROM $147 (USD)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ | Enjoy 4 nights' accommodations at Seaview Dolce Hotel & Courtyard Allentown Behtlehem/Lehigh Valley and 4 rounds of golf at Seaview Pines Course, Seaview Bay Course and Architects Golf Club.
FROM $217 (USD)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ | Enjoy 2 nights' accommodations at Seaview, A Dolce Hotel and 2 rounds of golf at Seaview Bay & Pines Courses.
FROM $277 (USD)
LEESBURG, VA | Enjoy 2 nights' accommodations at Lansdowne Resort and 2 rounds of golf at The Golf Club at Lansdowne - Greg Norman & Robert Trent Jones Jr. courses.
Now Reading