Overall Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Cost: $130 for 18 and a cart
Cost Rating: Good
Overall rating is based on the course maintenance, grooming, challenge of holes and course design – 1 being poor and 10 being excellent. Cost rating is the value of the course based on how the price matches up to the overall rating. A poor rating = course isn’t worth the money. A Fair Rating = try to find a deal, not worth paying full price. A good rating = fair value. An excellent rating = you are getting more than your money’s worth. Prices are determined by listed weekend rate.
Fox Hopyard is without question a course that every golf enthusiast should play at least once a year. The course is special because it is isolated from the rest of the world and offers golfers the unique ability to feel like they are the only ones on the course on most holes, even on super crowded days. It accomplishes this by laying out the course over a more land mass than your average course, so the end result is that many holes are separated by mini-forests.
Although the price point creates a barrier for many golfers, it is worth every penny. Located deep in the Connecticut Countryside the drive to Fox Hopyard is almost as enjoyable as the round of golf. There is no easy way to get there so regardless of where you are coming from you should plan on at least a 25 minute drive from the time you get off of any major highway.
The course is littered with incredible and fun holes to play. The front nine are very hilly and will force you to continually club up or club down. The back nine is flatter but offers more doglegs and blind shots. The one characteristic throughout the course is the designers ability to create constant risk reward situations.
The 18th hole is the signature hole of the course, it’s a par-5 dogleg left with a large pond on the right. If you can hit a big tee shot and are able to cut the corner without going in a bunker or OB, you will have a shot at getting to the green in two. The green is narrow, long and has a lot of undulation. Water is on the right and bunkers littered on the left. Accuracy is a necessity for success on your approach shot on this hole.
The par-5 fifth hole is a writer favorite, is has you teeing off from elevated tee boxes down to a slight dogleg right fairway. Any golfer than plays a slight cut and is daring enough to go for it off the tee will find themselves with a 160 yard shot into the green for a potential eagle putt. However if you go too far right or left will put you OB and a well hit straight ball will put you in a bunker. The green is guarded by wetlands that you will need to get over on your approach.
The course is always in great shape, the fairways are well maintained and the rough is rarely burnt out. The greens run fast and true with a good amount of undulation on most holes. The course has a grill located by the pro shop where you can get a reasonably priced beer and snack and also has a full service restaurant overlooking the 18th hole for when you finish your round.
Cost: Standard rates are $130 for 18 and a cart on the weekends
Course Maintenance: Great
Greens: Fast with a good amount of undulation
Speed of play: Moderate to fast, usually fast
Food and Drink: Snack shop located at the pro shop as well as a full service restaurant overlooking the 18th hole. The restaurant offers a very comfortable patio.
Distance: Plays 6,912 from tips, 6,512 from Blues, 6,109 from Whites, 5,657 from the Gold and 5,111 from the Reds
Best Aspect: Everything. The atmosphere and layout are exceptional, however a cocktail and nachos on the patio overlooking the 18th green is extremely enjoyable after a good round.
You should know: More often than not it is better to go long than short on your approach shots.