Lyman Orchards might be famous for its pies and pick-your-own adventures, but there's a hidden gem for golf enthusiasts within this beloved Connecticut destination. 

Their collection of meticulously maintained courses offers a surprisingly delightful golfing experience. With lush fairways, strategic challenges, and the captivating backdrop of the orchard, Lyman proves there's more to discover beyond the Apple Barrel. 

Lyman's Triple Play: Courses for Every Golfer 

The Jones Course 

This 18-hole masterpiece was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. It offers a classic challenge amidst rolling hills and varied terrain. Golfers can expect strategically placed bunkers, tree-lined fairways, and undulating greens that test putting skills. 

Water features on the back nine add both beauty and an extra layer of difficulty. The Jones Course is a favorite among seasoned golfers seeking a traditional, well-balanced test of their game. It stretches to over 7,000 yards from the tips, so come with a big drive! 

The Player Course 

Designed by Gary Player, this course has a distinct style. It rewards precision, with smaller greens and narrower fairways demanding accuracy off the tee. Power will help, but precision is key here! 

With over 30 bunkers and strategic water hazards, good course management and shot selection are vital. The Player Course is ideal for golfers who enjoy a thoughtful approach and the thrill of well-executed shots. Hone your putting skills in the practice area beforehand! 

The Apple Course 

The Apple Nine Course is a fun, welcoming experience for golfers of all levels. With its shorter layout (9 holes) and more open fairways, it provides a relaxed and enjoyable round. It’s perfect for beginners or those who just want a scenic, leisurely game. 

While less challenging than its big siblings, the Apple Nine still boasts the same natural beauty. It integrates seamlessly into the orchard's landscape, making you feel like you’re part of nature. 

Golfing Throughout the Seasons 

One of the unique charms of golfing at Lyman Orchards is the stunning transformation of the landscape throughout the year. Each season paints the courses with its own distinctive beauty. Enrich your golfing experience with a touch of nature's wonder. 


As the orchards come alive, so do the golf courses. Imagine teeing off amidst blossoming fruit trees, their delicate petals adding a touch of romance to your round. Surrounded by vibrant new growth, the fairways have a fresh, new feeling that mirrors the season! 


Lush greenery surrounds you as you play, the summer sun lighting up the course. Perhaps the true appeal of summer at Lyman Orchards lies in the potential to combine your golfing passion with a favorite summertime activity—icking your own fresh fruit right in the orchard! Enjoy a round, then head for the trees to sample some delicious, tree-ripened treats. 


The courses explode into a kaleidoscope of autumnal colors. Russet, gold, and fiery red leaves decorate the surrounding orchards, creating a breathtaking backdrop against which to sink your putts. There's a special magic in the crisp fall air as you navigate the fairways amidst this vibrant display. 


While winter weather may soften the greens, it creates a different kind of appeal. Imagine the tranquility of the orchard under a blanket of white, the stark beauty offering a unique backdrop to your winter round. After defying the chill on the course, warm up with hot cider and savor the cozy atmosphere of the winter market. 

Defying the Weather: Trackman 4 Virtual Golf Simulator 

Don't let rain, snow, or busy schedules keep you off the course! Lyman Orchards' state-of-the-art TrackMan 4 virtual golf simulator takes your indoor game to the next level. It might not be quite as scenic as outdoors, but it’s got its own appeal. 

Play the World's Best 

Transport yourself to iconic courses from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews without leaving Connecticut! Experience the thrill of playing legendary fairways in stunningly realistic detail. A different kind of beauty and a thrill that costs a lot less than an overseas trip. 

Hone Your Skills 

TrackMan 4's advanced technology provides precise data on every shot. Analyze your swing, improve your game, and get ready to take those skills to the real course when the weather permits. 

Fun for Everyone 

Virtual golf offers a relaxed and enjoyable experience. Book our Trackman for social gatherings or corporate team building. Compete against friends, tackle challenging courses, or simply work on your swing in a pressure-free environment. 

Beyond the Game: Lyman Orchards’ Added Charms 

While the quality of the golf courses will keep you coming back, Lyman Orchards offers a full day of entertainment that extends beyond the 18th hole. Here's why it's the perfect spot for a well-rounded outing. 

The Apple Barrel Market 

A feast for the senses. Browse local produce, gourmet goodies, specialty baked treats, and unique gifts. Pick up a sweet reward after your round, or grab picnic supplies to enjoy out on the course. 

Orchard Fun 

Depending on the season, immerse yourself in the orchard experience. Get lost in the Sunflower Maze, brave the Corn Maze, or pick your own fresh fruit right from the tree.  Family-friendly activities that complement a day of golf. 

A Taste of the Farm  

Connect with the agricultural heart of Lyman Orchards. Sample fresh produce, savor a homemade meal featuring orchard ingredients, or learn about the farm's history. It adds a delightful layer to your golfing day. 

Lyman Orchards isn't just a place to golf; it's a destination for creating lasting memories, whether you're with friends, family, or simply savoring a solo round amidst stunning scenery. 


Whether you're a passionate golfer seeking a new challenge or just looking for a scenic round in a unique setting, Lyman Orchards delivers an unforgettable golfing experience. From the moment you step onto their meticulously maintained fairways, you'll be immersed in the beauty of the orchard. 

With courses designed by legends and the ever-changing backdrop of the seasons, each round brings a fresh appreciation for the game. Next time you’re thinking of a golf getaway, remember the picturesque landscape of Lyman Orchards, where the charm and challenge of the courses rival the sweetness of those famous apple pies. 

About the Author Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer and businessman. When he’s not on the course working on his own game or mentoring young golfers, he writes in-depth articles for his website, Golf Influence.

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Lyman Orchards and Lyman Golf are very proud to announce that the readers and voters of Connecticut Magazine have named Lyman Golf as having the BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE in 2021.  If you are only familiar with Lyman Orchards as making “that delicious pie you buy at the supermarket” and were not even aware that Lyman Golf exists, then this may come as a pleasant surprise!  Yes, Lyman Golf can be found right at Lyman Orchards, and it is officially the best public golfing available in CT. 

If you’re still wondering how Connecticut’s favorite orchard came to have the Best Public Golf Course in CT, let us fill you in:  The journey started in the 1960s after the dairy operation (!!) was being phased out of the Lyman pastures.  The Lyman family decided to embark on an entirely new field of business by putting a golf course on the extra acres no longer dedicated to cattle.  Constructed commenced in 1967 and the Robert Trent Jones course opened for play in 1969. 

Running an orchard and a golf course is like being on Mother Nature’s payroll.  She provides the miracle of nature in the bounty of fruits for picking and the splendor of rolling hills for golfing.  But she can also be fickle and alternate between weekends of flooding with weeks of drought-like conditions and unbearable heat or hurricane-force winds or freezing temperatures when it should be warm.  Being a family-owned farm since 1741, Lyman Orchards has been employed by Mother Nature long enough to learn a few predictive and preventive strategies to stay afloat in the ever-changing New England weather.  So, while it was a nerve-wracking first few years of operation for Lyman Golf, the Jones Course eventually became a beloved part of the family business.       

In fact, by the 1980’s it was determined that running a golf operation was slightly less impacted by the erratic behavior of Mother Nature than raising fruits and vegetables.  So, in the interest of boosting the positive impact of the golf operation on Lyman Orchards, a contract was signed in 1989 with Gary Player for the design of a second 18-hole golf course, which opened for play in 1994.

The late 1990s were an exciting time for golf when Tiger Woods hit the scene and the Player course soon became a valued addition to Lyman Golf.  More young people were becoming interested in golf and while Lyman’s two 18-hole golf courses provided plenty of opportunity for play, the idea of easing the transition from total novice to Par 70+ play began to take hold. 

In 2012, with instruction and beginners in mind, Lyman Golf was ecstatic to welcome the public to the newly built Golf Center and Apple Nine course.  The Par 29 course (two short Par 4 holes and seven Par 3 holes) is perfect for families and less intimidating to novices.  However, the Apple Nine is also beloved by experienced golfers looking for a quick game and is wonderful for anyone wanting a bit less walking.

The Golf Center is a hub for all things golf instruction. It began and continues to be the most well-rounded practice venue in CT with a 40-stall driving range and 20,000 square foot short game and putting practice area. We’ve also added three Trackman 4 Golf Simulators which are totally entertaining, enable year-round golfing, and can be used to add consistency to your game. What started as an excellent instruction program just continues to get better and better every year. A wide assortment of lessons and fun clinics are available with a phenomenal staff of PGA and LPGA instructors, including LPGA’s NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2021 Marissa Kulig Crow. We couldn’t be prouder of our instructors and encourage all levels of golfers to learn from them.

Meanwhile, at the Lyman Orchards Golf Club (the home base for the Jones and Player courses) you’ll find the delightful 1741 Pub & Grill.  Our recently updated full-service restaurant is outfitted with several TVs to catch the biggest golf tournaments, indoor and outdoor dining, gorgeous golf course views, a delicious menu of elevated pub fare, the best selection of après-golf beverages, and a line-up of entertainment and special events that will knock your socks off.

October is a beautiful time of year to golf, so now is the perfect time to see for yourself why Lyman Golf was voted Connecticut’s favorite public golf course.  In the meantime, Lyman Golf will continue to work hard to deserve this award.  We can’t wait to introduce you (or welcome you back) to our courses!

There’s a lot to love about the sport of golf, including the great outdoors, the camaraderie, and the competition.  To pay homage to the greatest game, music legends John Denver and Bing Crosby have penned songs (“18 Holes” and “Straight Down the Middle”); a gentleman in Illinois built a 30-foot-tall golf tee and another individual in Louisiana collected more than 75,000 golf balls with different logos; and on the Apollo 14 mission, Alan Shepard teed off a couple golf balls on the moon, playfully explaining: "I did this since I am patriotic and concerned about the security of the nation."  Of course, the best way to demonstrate your love of the sport is to just get out and play!  And, because of such widespread adoration and fascination with golf, opportunities to play abound.  When selecting a course to spend your valuable time, consider some of the following reasons why Lyman Golf is worthy of sharing your golf-love:     

First off, there’s VARIETY.  Lyman Orchards excels at providing “something for everyone” and that excellence extends to Lyman Golf.  A rare variety of golfing options is available at Lyman Golf for its patrons: 

Then there’s the SETTING.  Lyman Golf is a spectacular destination for its picturesque courses in central Connecticut with rolling hills, woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands.  As part of Lyman Orchards, visiting golfers can easily tie in some fruit picking, shopping, and other seasonal entertainment as part of their day.  Golfers on the Player Course even pass through the apple orchards and are treated to breathtaking 360-degree Connecticut landscape views on holes 11 and 13.    

Speaking of Connecticut, the LOCATION of Lyman Golf makes it a convenient destination for golfers near and far.  Lyman Golf is in Middlefield, CT, near Durham, CT, only 15 minutes from Middletown, CT, and only 15 minutes from Wallingford, CT, making it a perfect location to meet friends from the local area.  With easy access to I-91, Lyman Golf welcomes visitors from all parts of Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and beyond.  Click here for directions.         

It would be outrageous to talk about the reasons to love Lyman Golf without mentioning our award-winning PGA and LPGA INSTRUCTORS.  Everyone can use a little help, whether you are a golfing veteran or just learning to swing a club, and we are so proud of our instruction team.  Every type of lesson is available including private lessons, group clinics, corporate instruction, men’s programs, ladies’ programs, and junior programs and camps.  Start here on our Instruction page to learn more about our amazing instructors and programs and to find the perfect boost to your golf game.        

It’s also surprising what a little TECHNOLOGY can do to improve a game, and Lyman Golf embraces the latest tech innovations that the golf industry provides.  The right equipment can make all the difference, and Lyman Golf includes two professionally stocked pro shops (one at the Golf Club and one at the Golf Center).  If you’re looking to invest in new clubs, Lyman Golf can assist with a fitting.  Using the Trackman 4 indoor golf simulator at the Golf Center combined with professional instruction can greatly help develop a consistent iron game.  Our tech will also support you on the course through the GPS golf carts which provide your distance to the next hole – so cool!            

Another reason to love Lyman Golf is the EVENTS.  It is SO-MUCH-FUN to share your love of golf with others.  Lyman Golf hosts several leagues including separate men’s and ladies' leagues, couples’ leagues, mixed leagues, junior leagues, and even a simulator league!  Lyman Golf is also perfectly equipped to host small and large group golf outings, tournaments, and charity events including a wide range of services and catering options.  Special “FUN” events are planned throughout the year, such as Golf Fore Fun Scrambles and Night Golf with LED night balls! 

Last but not least, you will love the DINING options at Lyman Golf.  Our newest (remodeled and rebranded) restaurant is the 1741 Pub & Grill located at the Golf Club (near the Jones Course and the Player Course).  1741 serves up elevated pub fare and drinks, including plenty of favorite local craft brews on tap.  Fantastic indoor and outdoor dining is available, with golf course and driving range views, and TVs throughout showcase golf tournaments around the world.  At the Golf Center (near the Apple Nine), the Snack Bar serves up quicker favorites.  Finally, right across the street from the Golf Center sits the Apple Barrel Farm Market with a large made-to-order deli menu of artisan sandwiches and salads and even an ice cream window.                 

You know golf is wonderful.  Let Lyman Golf show you how much we love golf too.  Easy online booking is just a click away.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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70 Lyman Rd
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