New England Golf Destinations

  • Maine

    With more than 140 golf courses, Maine offers tremendous diversity to golfers. In fact, the state is home to one of the oldest golf courses in America. In Maine, you can play on courses steeped in rich tradition as well as ones that boast today's signature designers.

    Freeport Country Club is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Portland, Lewis-Auburn, and Brunswick-Topsham and it is also only minutes from one of Maine's most popular attractions, the L.L. Bean flagship store. Freeport itself is also a charming destination, with plenty of shopping and activities available.
    Highland Green Golf Club in Topsham is a Scottish-style links course that is nestled within Maine's first adult resort community that has been ranked as one of the country's top 100 master planned communities. The spacious nine-hole golf course takes advantage of the club's 650-acre expanse across mid-coast Maine.
    Located just three hours outside of Boston, Sunday River Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., is worth the short trip, especially if you are coming from Portland, which is less than two hours away. It is one of New England's must-play golf courses. The layout is nestled in the foothills of the Mahoosac Range, overlooking the beautiful Sunday River Valley.
  • Massachusetts

    Massachusetts' golf season stretches from May through October. With that in mind, NewEnglandGolf.com offers your guide golf in the Bay State, from Boston and Cambridge to Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

    Cold Spring Country Club is situated halfway between Springfield and Worcester. Opened in 2010 in an effort to bring world class golf to western Massachusetts, the club has since garnered a local following. The 6,521-yard length indicated on the scorecard can be deceiving since it feels much longer when you're playing it. The golf course has plenty of variety, including dogleg lefts, doglegs rights, short holes, and long holes.
    The 18-hole Lakeville Country Club in Lakeville, MA is a public golf course that opened in 1971. Lakeville Country Club measures 6274 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 123 and a 70.1 USGA rating. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels. The greens are bent.
    Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Amherst is one of western Massachusetts' premier courses. It plays across a gently rolling landscape accented with mature tree that offers an especially scenic round in the fall thanks to the changing colors of the foliage. The course has some subtle contours but it is still pleasantly walkable and offers just enough of a challenge to appeal to low and high handicappers alike.
  • Rhode Island

    Rhode Island might not be the first place to come to mind when you think top-notch golf destination, but this beautiful state has some wonderful courses to choose from.

    The 18-hole Laurel Lane Country Club in West Kingston, RI is a public golf course that opened in 1961. Laurel Lane Country Club measures 6177 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 124 and a 69.
    The 18-hole Green Valley Country Club in Portsmouth, RI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1957. Designed by Manual Raposa, Green Valley Country Club measures 6830 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 125 and a 72 USGA rating.
    Country View Golf Club is situated just 20 minutes north of Providence and just south of the Massachusetts state line. Its convenient location in the Blackstone Valley area is easily accessible from several major highways. The course sprawls across rolling terrain with beautiful trees lining the fairways. It's a player-friendly golf course where you won't find many bunkers or water hazards.
  • Vermont

    Vermont knows its charm is in its small, old mountain towns, not mega resorts. You won't find any New Age multi-course resort with designs from Fazio, Dye, etc. That isn't to say Vermont doesn't have its share if design credits (including Nicklaus, Trent Jones and Rees Jones).

    Woodstock Country Club is one of New England's top destinations for visitors, earning a spot on Golf Magazine's list of top 100 golf resorts in the world. Robert Trent Jones designed the course, taking advantage of the panoramic views of Kedron Valley and the scenic and varied terrain.
    The 18-hole Forest/Lake at Stratton Mountain Country Club in Stratton Mountain, VT is a resort golf course that opened in 1984. Designed by Brian Silva, Geoffrey Cornish and William G.
    The 18-hole Killington Golf Resort in Killington, VT is a resort golf course that opened in 1984. Designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Brian Silva, Killington Golf Resort measures 6186 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 70.
  • New Hampshire

    What are the best places for the public to play golf in New Hampshire? Well, according to Golf Digest the Balsams Panorama golf course is the head of the class in New Hampshire, and it's open to the public. Other public courses recognized on the list were ...

    The 18-hole Newport Golf Club in Newport, NH is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1921. Newport Golf Club measures 6543 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 127 and a 71.9 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 9-hole Exeter Country Club in Exeter, NH is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1889. Exeter Country Club measures 5522 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 114 and a 68.9 USGA rating. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Shattuck in Jaffrey, NH is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1991. Designed by Brian Silva, Shattuck measures 6764 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 147 and a 75 USGA rating. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Connecticut

    Tourism in Connecticut is a $4 billion-a-year business. With its wealth of open land, Connecticut's scenery is some of New England's most beautiful. Dozens of golf courses are open to the public; boating, fishing and swimming opportunities are everywhere.

    Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane is situated in the quiet town of Woodbridge, just 20 minutes from New Haven. Formerly known as Oak Lane County Club, the course was both renamed and renovated when it was acquired by the management team at The Tradition Golf Club at Wallingford. Many of the holes were updated but the golf course retained its challenging but playable nature.
    The 18-hole Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam, CT is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1994. Designed by Mark Mungeam, Connecticut National Golf Club measures 6935 yards from the longest tees. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The Tradition Golf Club at Wallingford is one of the most affordable rounds in the area and it has received praise as one of the best golf courses in Connecticut. The par-70 layout is player friendly enough for beginners but low handicappers will also find it to be a fun round.