Bristol Harbour Golf Club

4.2614411765 4.3 stars from 5 (15)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6662 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

  • 5500 Seneca Point Rd, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Ontario County
  • (800) 288-8248, (585) 396-2200
  • (585) 394-9254
  • www.bristolharbour.com

Year built: 1972
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1972)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt, slacks/shorts, and soft spike golf shoes. T-shirts, tank tops, cut-offs and/or jeans are not permitted.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6662 yards 73.0 136
Blue 72 6175 yards 71.4 134
Green 72 5764 yards 69.1 128
Green (W) 72 5764 yards 74.9 135
Red (W) 72 5482 yards 73.5 132
Purple 72 4299 yards N/A N/A

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 15 Reviews
5 stars:
8
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

15 out of 15 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive  

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Reviews


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u000007836515's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Breathtaking"


fgorisr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Terrific challenge. Bring your A-game. Excellent layout! Friendly staff. GPS navigation carts that keeps your score. I loved it!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course for the value"


jnichiporuk's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

If you can get on this course for $50 and under you're getting a good value course I'd hard on back and fairly easy on front. People are very friendly.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent course"


u000003988181's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. Fairways excellent as were the greens. Greens are difficult. Fast but fair. Difficult to read due to contour changes. Back nine much more challenging. Very scenic as well. Some beautiful holes. Hadn't played this course in years and forgot what a pleasure it was to play, though I didn't personally play well. Clubhouse is fantastic as was the staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bristol Harbour"


hengstwengst's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Five stars across the board for this course. Staff were very friendly, course was in excellent shape and a layout that made you play a variety of shots. It really is a tale of two nines here, the front is more open, while the back nine takes you out into the woods, all while going up and down through the hills. I really can't say enough good things about BH, and I will definitely return if the opportunity arises.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bristol Harbour"


csc67's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Perfect conditions

Greens were firm and fast - Fairways and tee boxes in excellent condition

Practice your bunker shot for 5 minutes before playing - You will find yourself in at least several bunkers during the round

Nice electric carts that are fast and quiet with GPS


I recommend this course


"Course great / Pace slow"


u572982633's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent shape and the lay out is very challenging from the back tees. The pace was great until hole 13 (picture included), which is one the prettiest holes I've ever played, but it caused a four group back up when there was none before that. The backups never stopped for the rest of the round. It was a great day overall.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Front and Back, Very Differeny"


Cravito's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, good sand, fair amount of water. Well maintained. Front is a bit easier and open. Back it tight tree lined.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


JrGolferDom's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course has a ton of elevation change. Number six, 14 and fifteen are great holes. I played late in the day with an overcast sky so perfect golf weather. Course was in great condition. Pro shop staff was great, got a great deal. This course is worth the drive from Rochester.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice public course"


Jim6422750's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Last time Played this course 2 years ago . Course seems little bit of of out of shape with weeds everywhere . Fairway Sand bunkers not enough sand. However they have whole new flight of electric golf carts with gps system the one similar to ravenwood golf club has. Another thing I do not see is pro shop is gone replaced with a little eat in restaurant . The golf check in counter is a joke (just a little podium) . I heard the golf course are bought and run by different ownership in January 2016. Overall the course is good not the best. I like the layout and greens .the rate is little pricey. If they lower the price . It is definitely one of the golf course we will play again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A scenic tour of Canadaigua Lake"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Playing Bristol Harbour brought up an interesting conversation during my tour of courses in greater Rochester: Would you rather play a course kept in better condition or a more interesting course that's a little roughed up in spots? My choice is the latter. I'd choose Bristol Harbour, despite its inconsistencies in conditioning, over several other courses I played. It's got such a nice setting on Canadaigua Lake (even though you rarely glimpse the lake). I love how Robert Trent Jones Sr. used the land. The front nine plays as a wide-open warm-up to the narrower, tree-lined back nine. The back-to-back par 5s on the front nine provide great contrast. It's easy to score well on the downhill sixth and so tough to climb the uphill seventh. A lot of golfers dislike no. 14, where a 200-yard layup to the corner of the dogleg left sets up a blind approach down a steep fairway to a sunken green. No. 15, a daunting par 3 over a creek, plays even tougher. The final three par 4s finish in style with excellent variety - a sweeping dogleg at no. 16, an uphill trek at no. 17 and a pond near the green on no. 18.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great time"


stu0422's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2013
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Great course! Setting beautiful. Grounds were great! Room good. Food choices limited! Weather warm for September. Staff were great! Did a 3 day package. Group of 12!! Usually we go down to Ocean City MD. But came here instead in 2013. Will do the same in 2014 too!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course - Great Atmosphere"


pnelson0424's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/12/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

This is one of my favorite courses and I make sure to get out and play it at least once a year. It is set on a hillside overlooking the lake. The clubhouse and proshop are wonderful and the staff is friendly.

The golf course is tough if you don't hit it straight. The front 9 is wide open and the back has more trees but the fescue grass makes you pay for arrant shots. There is also plenty of water and the greens slick and have a lot breaks if you are not tight to the hole.

My only complaint here is that the course is inconsistently maintained. The greens show signs of dollar spot occasionally and the fairways develop dead spots where water puddles from poor drainage.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice course. Challenging with some especially tough holes."


Willgolf47's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/14/2012
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course. Front nine is very open, lots of traps, not many trees. Significant elevation change so need to add/subtract a club length on many holes. Back nine is the opposite, narrow, goes through the forest on every hole. Especially on back nine there are some challenging holes, with some being tough to play for the first time as they are quirky, two with huge elevation change on second shot. Three holes have tee shot that needs to back off to a 3 or 5 wood. Try to play with a local. All greens were very fast, and many with lots of slope. Putting is tough.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great layout and excellent condition"


rndn's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/10/2012
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A great course, but a little difficult getting started. After the Pro shop I went out to get a cart and there was no one there. I went and asked someone cleaning a cart and they said to get, I forgot his name. After 5 minutes the guy showed up and gave me a cart that had not yet been cleaned.<br/> Nice GPS on the cart but does not work on the entire course. The back nine you're on your own for a couple of holes. I assume because of the hills and trees, but the layout more than made up for the GPS missing on a couple of holes.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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