Vineyard Valley Golf Club
Vineyard Valley Golf Club is a scenic, 9-hole course laid out on what used to be a vineyard, thus the name. Steeply sloped, this Pomfret Center golf course spans 3,033 yards of golf and features three holes that either go straight up or straight down the hillside. The other six holes travel across the slope, providing a challenging variety of uphill, downhill and side hill lies. It is rare to get a flat lie anywhere on this Pomfret Center golf course. The yardage is welcoming, but constant breezes and awkward stances make this course more challenging than one might guess.
Between 1972 and 1990 the majority of the land that now encompasses the golf course was a grape vineyard producing grapes which were made into wine by Hamlet Hill Winery (no longer in business). Grapes grown here received many awards for red, white, and rose' wines.
Gus Loos a prominent local businessman designed the golf course as a private golf course for the pleasure of his family and friends. The first 5 holes of the golf course were installed in 1985. Golf was played in 2 different directions on 4 of the holes resulting in a 9 hole course layout. However, play was limited to only 12 people at a time to avoid being hit by a golf ball.
Shortly after the opening of Vineyard Valley it was decided to open as a private golf club, construction was completed as a 9 hole 3,033 yard golf course in 1990 on 70 acres of land in rural Pomfret, Ct. The course was not designed with long hitters in mind but considered a "shot makers course". Vineyard Valley was meant to be and still is a layout where golfers can have a fun, unduly taxing and enjoyable round of recreational golf.
Since 2006 Eric & Amy Sarette have managed the course and take great pride in upholding Gus Loos' legacy.