Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam, Ct., designed by Roger Rulewich, is one of the premier daily fee layouts in southern New England.
The club offers a blend of challenging golf, first-class customer care and a setting that is difficult to beat. The course is always in top condition, with good greens, full and thick rough and cuts, and definition between the fairways/rough and greens/fringe. Over the last decade, the owners of Fox Hopyard have fine-tuned their course, removing some trees to improve airflow around greens and tidying up the fringes of the playing surface.
There isn’t a weak hole at Fox Hopyard. At almost 7,000 yards from the back markers, which carry a slope rating of 136, the par-71 course offers a stern test for even the best players. But five sets of tees allow the track to be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities.
The par-three fourth and par-five fifth may be the best one-two punch in the region.
The 202-yard par-three fourth features a dramatic elevation drop from tee to green and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The 506-yard fifth hole is classic risk versus reward. Big hitters can go for two with a lusty drive off another dramatically elevated tee box. But there is a stream that guards the front side of the green and danger left and right all the way.
The 18th is a superb finishing hole. At 551 yards it is best navigated in three shots as a pond stands to the right side of the hole from about 150 yards and hugs the putting surface.
The club has a top-notch clubhouse and an outdoor pavilion where golfers or guests can relax and enjoy a drink and meal. And the casinos are only a short drive away. The charming small towns of the Connecticut River valley offer shopping and cultural opportunities.
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
East Haddam, Ct.