Fox Hopyard Golf Club (www.GolfTheFox.com) in East Haddam, Ct. offers a blend of challenging golf, first-class customer care and a setting that is difficult to beat.
The course, designed by Roger Rulewich, is always in top condition, with large, fair greens, full and thick rough and cuts, and definition between the fairways/rough and greens/fringe; always the sign of a well-maintained course.
There really 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 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 are excellent back-to-backers. They also are two of the prettiest holes you will find anywhere, especially during autumn.
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 solid finishing hole. At 551 yards it is best attacked in three shots, as a pond is to the right side of the hole from about 150 yards and hugs the putting surface. Miss the approach ever so slightly right and you are in the drink.
The club has a top-notch clubhouse and an outdoor pavilion that sits upon a rock outcropping where golfers or guests can relax and enjoy a drink and meal.
East Haddam, CT