James Healey… Ken Green… Jerry Courville Sr…Nick Cook…
The list of champions who’ve won major CSGA titles at Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury is a list of Connecticut Golf Hall of Famers. Ridgewood, the child of architects Devereaux Emmet, Geoffrey Cornish and Roger Rulewich, is parkland golf at its most seductive. Not long, at about 6800 yards, it is playable for all levels of golfers, but challenging from the championship tees, thanks to omnipresent trees, many doglegs and enough land movement up and down to sow club-selection doubt. Like the 2019 Open venue, Torrington Country Club, Ridgewood, too, has greens that tolerate pars but are stingy with birdies.
Originally designed by Emmet, the course is in its 100th year. The first nine holes, now holes 10 through 18, opened in 1921. The front nine today came a year later. Gene Sarazen, who lived a few miles away, often practiced there. The first LPGA tournament in Connecticut was held at Ridgewood in 1968. This is Ridgwood’s fourth Connecticut Open Championship. It hosted previous Opens in 1955 (won by John Galeski), 1992 (Green) and 2006 (Cook). It was the site of three Amateurs in 1951 (Healey), 1981 (Courville) and 2000 (Brian Hedstrom).
Former Connecticut Senior Amateur Champion Shawn McLoughlin plays here, as do two products of the club’s strong junior program Alexsandra Lapple and Max Theodorakis, who was Low Amateur in the 2018 Open, T8 last year at Torrington, and certainly one of the favorites on his home course in 2020.