About the Course
Located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, the Hotchkiss Golf
Course circles the campus of the school, which is located on the top of
a hill overlooking the village of Lakeville, Connecticut. In 1924, prominent
golf course architect Seth Raynor designed the course, which still retains
some of the best examples of his work in New England.
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.
Playing at Hotchkiss is like playing in another era. The combination of
a beautifully landscaped campus replete with stately brick buildings and
an old golf atmosphere makes for a unique golfing experience. At just over
3,000 yards and a par of 35, the nine-hole course provides challenging play.
The course will re-open officially on April 15. However, if weather
permits, the course may re-open on April 1. You may call the Pro Shop
after April 1 (860-435-4400) to confirm the exact date. We also ask your
understanding in letting the course dry out properly before play begins,
and for taking extra care of the course in the early season.
During the school season (opening day through May 30), the course is closed
from 3 to 5 p.m. for student use. The last tee times are 1 p.m. for 9 holes,
and 11 a.m. for 18 holes. This restriction does not apply to weekend play,
although there are several Saturday closings for school sponsored golf matches.
Schedules for the matches, including closing and re-opening times on match
days, are posted at the Pro Shop. The course also is closed for a few additional
events during the season; updates are posted at the Pro Shop.