Widely regarded as one of the top private golf courses in New England, New Haven Country Club was founded in 1898 and features an 18-hole championship course designed by Willie Park, Jr. The course has undergone numerous renovations since its inception, including a new set of green complexes that were completely resurfaced in 2009. The course is known for its outstanding playing conditions and its challenging, undulating greens which are often regarded as the best in the state.
In conjunction with the clubs 120th anniversary the 2018 Connecticut Open will mark the eight time, a tournament record, that New Haven Country Club has hosted this Championship. New Haven will add to that number again in 2022 as the club will once again host the Connecticut Open to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Willie Park, Jr. redesign.
New Haven Country Club boasts a history that is unrivaled in the state. The club was a founding member of the League of Connecticut Golf Clubs which later became the Connecticut State Golf Association, and it has been a cornerstone of the state’s golf scene ever since. Yale professor Theodore Woolsey is credited with being the driving force behind the club’s incorporation and much of its early development including the purchase of an expanse of farmland beside Lake Whitney in Hamden.
The present layout was designed by renowned architect Willie Park, Jr. in 1922. While the course is relatively straight-forward from the teeing ground, it is the green complexes that truly define the course. “New Haven features an incredible set of greens that offer a wide variety of hole locations,” said CSGA Executive Director, Mike Moraghan. “We are already looking ahead and planning the set-up of the golf course and look forward to providing the players with a unique and interesting challenge come late July.”
New Haven Country Club has a long history of hosting the area’s top championships, having played host to an incredible sixteen Connecticut Amateur Championships, a number of CT PGA championship and was the host of the nationally recognized Northern Junior Championship for the past four years.
Most recently, it hosted the 2013 Connecticut Amateur Championship, the 111th playing of the event, which saw Cody Paladino (2015 Connecticut Open Champion) of Wethersfield Country Club capture the title over Peter Ballo (Stamford, CT). “New Haven Country Club will always have a special place in my heart. The entire aura of the club makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, and having the Connecticut Open there this year makes it a truly special and memorable week for everyone involved,” said Cody.
The 2017 Connecticut Open, hosted by Ellington Ridge Country Club, saw the Championship's first aggregate playoff when Jeff Evanier of Clinton Country Club defeated both amateur Max Theodorakis (Ridgewood CC) and Jason Thresher (West Suffield, CT). The 54-hole Championship is the state's premier Open championship featuring the states top amateur and professionals competing for a total professional purse of $50,000 with $12,500 awarded to the winner.