The Shennecossett Golf Course
continues to offer golfers of all playing abilities a scenic and challenging place to play golf. There are fantastic views of the
Thames River and the Long Island Sound looking from the 16th and 17th holes, and at any time, one might see the U.S.C.G.C. Eagle or a
nuclear submarine navigating the waterways.
The course is extremely rich in history; founded in 1898, the course was originally a four-hole layout. Over the next 18 years, the
course was enlarged to a six, nine, eleven, and eventually eighteen-hole track. Then, in 1916, famed golf course architect Donald
Ross redesigned the course layout (one of only five courses in the State of Connecticut that he designed), and in 1919, he rerouted
three of the holes to complete his work. The course remained this way until 1997, in which a land swap with Pfizer gave the course
the property to build three holes overlooking the water.
Over the years, many famous golfers have
walked the fairways at Shennecossett, including Arnold Palmer, Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Tommy Armour, Francis Ouimet, Babe Didrikson, Marion Hollins, Glenna Collett,
and former club professionals Alex Smith and Harry Cooper.
Since April 10, 1969, due to the purchase of the course by the Town of Groton, Shennecossett has been open to the residents of Groton
and surrounding communities for public play (the only public Donald Ross designed course in the state).
Shennecossett continues to host
premier Connecticut golf events, such as the Connecticut Senior Open, and furthers its reputation as one of the best public golf courses
in the state. In September of 2007 Shennecossett was featured in Golf Magazine as one of the "Thrifty Fifty"
(view article) in the United States; best public access courses that one can
play for under $50. Shennecossett was featured in The Best of Northeast Golf 2007 Reader's Choices as one of the best overall conditioned courses and best overall courses.
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Connecticut
and Ten Years at Shennecossett (PDF)
Shennecossett Golf Course Contact Info:
Shennecossett Pro Shop
93 Plant Street
Groton, CT 06340
Eric S. Morrison, CGCS, Golf Course Superintendent
Todd Goodhue, Golf Professional
Mark Berry, Director of Parks and Recreation
Directions to Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton, CT
From I-95 North or South Exit 87 - Clarence B Sharp Highway - Route 349 Turn Right at 2nd stoplight - Rainville Avenue Turn Left at
next stop light - Benham Road Go approximately 1 mile - Benham Road turns into Eastern Point Road Turn Left onto Plant Street -
Shennecossett Pro Shop is on the right at 93 Plant Street.