The Course at Yale and Maltby Lakes Recreation Area

200 Conrad Drive, New Haven, CT 06515

In 1924, a 700-acre tract of swamp and woodland was given to Yale by Mrs. Ray Tompkins in memory of her husband. Under the supervision of Charles Blair Macdonald, the renowned golf course architect, champion golfer, and co-founder of the USGA, plans were made for an 18-hole golf course. With a budget of $400,000, Macdonald, in collaboration with Seth Raynor and Charles Banks, designed a masterpiece.

In addition to being the home of Yale's nationally ranked golf teams, "The Course at Yale" serves as the home competition course and practice venue for Yale cross country.  The course provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown New Haven and gives Yale distance and middle distance runners an incredibly scenic, bucolic and challenging place to train and compete.  In addition to being able to run on the course itself, Yale athletes are afforded the opportunity to train on the numerous dirt trails that surround the golf course.

Directly abutting the Yale Golf Course is the Maltby Lakes Recreation Area, supervised by the New Haven Regional Water Authority.  Maltby offers miles of dirt fire roads and single track trails for Yale cross country and track athletes to train on year-round.  Although only a short run from Yale's Smilow Fieldhouse, the Maltby Lakes trails offer a serene alternative to the nearby busy downtown area of New Haven and are big enough to offer a variety of different runs.  Athletes can access these trails without ever having to run on pavement when beginning their runs from either the indoor or outdoor tracks. 

For complete information on The Course at Yale, visit:

http://thecourseatyale.org/

 

To Purchase Golf at Yale, contact The Course at Yale Pro Shop, 203 392 2376. You can also purchase on amazon.com or find in local bookstores. The cost is $26.

 

 

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Yale hosted the 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Regional. Here is what those who took part in the Regional had to say about The Course at Yale:

George Bryan, sophomore player
University of South Carolina

“It’s tricky but fun. It challenges all aspects of your game. Whoever wins here is going to be playing the best. You are not getting through here by being lucky. It’s all about your skills when playing this course.”

 

John Fields, Head Coach
University of Texas

“It’s a thrill for our guys to come and play a piece of golf history. C.B. Macdonald did an outstanding job almost 90 years ago. It really has stood the test of time. We feel very fortunate to be able to come and compete on this course.”

 

Patrick Rada, senior player
University of South Carolina

“It is beautiful, and it’s obvious Yale has put a lot of work into it. The condition is second to none. It has a lot of character and elevation change. It’s a fun course to play. Every hole seems different than the other 17.”

 

Clint Tolleson, sophomore player
University of South Carolina

“It is very interesting and a lot of fun. The nature element sets it apart. We saw deer and turkey, and it felt like an old fashioned golf course. The greens gave it lot of character, each of them very different but equally hard.”

 

Chris Rockwell, senior player
Vanderbilt University

“It’s an awesome course. It’s like opening up a time capsule. It reminds me of Prestwick (Yale’s 12th is named after a hole on that course) and the Old Course at St. Andrew. Our team took a trip there last summer. We all thought the Yale course reminded us of the courses over there. Having played over there will help us here this week.”

 

Rich Mueller, head coach
Columbia University

“I like it but it’s tricky. Whoever putts the best will win. You have to know where to hit it. You really need to trust yourself and your instincts. It can be very deceiving and there are a lot of blind shots.”

 

 

Updated April 2011