The Country Club of Darien is set to host the 87th Connecticut Open presented by Reby Advisors from July 26-28. Opened in 1957 as an Alfred Horace Tull design the course was long considered, “a nice little layout.” Eventually, the membership decided they wanted more out of their course, and in 2005 they hired Dr. Michael Hurdzan to update it. Hurdzan, the architect of 2017 U.S. Open host Erin Hill Golf Course, turned a nice course into a layout worthy of any championship.
Work began in 2007 and hardly a blade of grass or a spec of sand was left unturned. When the redesign was done the sides had been flipped, all the tees and bunkers rebuilt, the par dropped from 72 to 71, holes were rerouted, ponds were added, and greens rebuilt.
Since the renovation was completed the Country Club of Darien has hosted a number of prestigious championships including the Westchester PGA, Westchester Open, The IKE, and now the Connecticut Open. “We are honored to have the opportunity to host and showcase the Country Club of Darien to all of Connecticut at this historic championship,” says Head Professional Cory Muller. “We believe the golf course will present a fair and challenging test for the players as well as provide an experience for the participants that they won’t soon forget.”
In 2020 Max Theodorakis made the Connecticut Open his first career professional win with an impressive final round that helped him pull away.