Course Description & History
Griffith E Harris Golf Course is located on 158.6 acres on King Street in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Designed in 1963 by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Senior, the facilities include:
- 18-hole par 71 golf course
- Administration Building
- Chipping green
- Clubhouse and restaurant
- Driving range
- Full service Pro Shop
- Practice bunker
- Putting green
The course challenges the player with varied topography. The front nine is situated on former farmland and is relatively long and open, favoring the longer hitter. The back nine, shorter and tighter, winds through hills and forest, and places a premium on control and accuracy.
Known locally as "The Griff," the course was dedicated in July 1965 as The Bruce Memorial Golf Course in honor of Robert M. Bruce, a prominent local philanthropist. Mr. Bruce had bequeathed 100 acres in the center of town to be used as parkland.
A portion of that land was taken by the State of Connecticut for the construction of I-95, in return for $650,000. It was suggested by then First Selectman (1958 to 1963) Griffith E Harris, that the money be used to purchase the land on King Street for a golf course. Mr. Harris not only championed the cause for a public course in Greenwich, but was instrumental in raising the additional funds necessary to make the course a reality.
Renaming the Course
Griffith E Harris died in 1998, and the Board of Selectmen proposed the renaming of the course. In 1999 the name change was approved, and the course was reborn as Griffith E Harris Golf Course.