Hotchkiss Golf Course
About the Course
The Hotchkiss Golf Course, designed in 1924 by prominent golf course architect Seth Raynor, circles the campus of the school, offering incredible views of Lake Wononscopomuc and the surrounding Berkshire-Taconic mountains. At just over 3,000 yards and a par of 35, the nine-hole course provides challenging play.
Raynor's course so enraptured Charles Banks, a Hotchkiss English teacher, that he formed a close friendship with Raynor, developed his own passion for golf course design, and ultimately joined Raynor in a partnership. They worked closely together until 1926, when Raynor died at the age of 42. After Raynor's death, Banks completed over 30 unfinished Raynor courses, and returned to Hotchkiss in the 1930s to reconfigure several holes.
- The golf course made Golfweek’s list of Best Courses You Can Play in June 2023. The article offers state-by-state ranking for public access layouts, and Hotchkiss is featured in Connecticut’s top 10.
- The golf course was featured on Golf.com for its historical significance, fun, and affordability in August 2022.
- The golf course was ranked 10th in Golfweek Magazine's "Best Places You Can Play" for 2016.
- The February 2010 issue of Golf World Magazine named the golf course number 22 in a list of the 25 best nine-hole golf courses in America.