Established in 1916 during the, “Dawn of American Golf”, and located in central Connecticut, Wethersfield Country Club has existed for over 100 years as one of Connecticut’s most historic golf courses with perhaps the richest golf history in Southern New England, but with a strong commitment to the present and future of its membership. The course, originally designed by Robert D. Pryde, has a traditional feel amongst the lush rolling hills and stately trees that will transport you into its timeless beauty. It is well maintained with sprawling fairways and challenging greens that will test you but treat you fairly.
Each hole seems to be on its own stage and you’ll never tire of playing it whether you’re a scratch golfer or a high handicap player. Wethersfield Country Club is renowned as the site of the Insurance City Open/Greater Hartford Open for 32 years from 1952 until 1983. All of the great professionals of the day played at Wethersfield with only two exceptions, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, although Nelson did appear there in an exhibition.
Of course, Arnold Palmer won his first PGA Tour event in the United States at Wethersfield in 1956 while Jack Nicklaus was never successful in winning at Wethersfield. Ted Kroll (the leading money winner on tour) won the inaugural event in 1952, followed by Bob Toski in 1953 (his first tour win), Tommy Bolt in 1954 (who shot 60 for the course record), Sam Snead in 1955 (who won by the largest margin of victory of 7 strokes that still stands), and Arnold Palmer in 1956 (beat Ted Kroll in a playoff).
Coined by Hartford Times Editor Skip Henderson as the “Club of Champions”, becoming a member of WCC doesn’t just make you a member, it indoctrinates you into an elite part of golfing history. Bob Zaiman a sports writer for the Hartford Courant once said, “anything happening in Connecticut golf was happening at WCC.” So when you join, you become a part of that history.