Wintonbury Hills Golf Course

4.5529000000 4.6 stars from 5 (85)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6711 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 78.4
  • Layout

  • 206 Terry Plains Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002, Hartford County
  • (860) 242-1401
  • (860) 242-0871
  • www.wintonburyhillsgolf.com
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Year built: 2005
Architect(s): Pete Dye (2005), Tim Liddy (2005)
Type: Public/Municipal
Style: Links
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, American Express

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black (W) 70 6711 yards 78.4 141
Black 70 6711 yards 72.3 130
Green (W) 70 6283 yards 75.9 134
Green 70 6283 yards 70.0 128
White 70 5678 yards 67.3 122
White (W) 70 5678 yards 72.5 123
Yellow 70 5005 yards 66.7 113
Yellow (W) 70 5005 yards 68.6 111

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Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 85 Reviews
5 stars:
57
4 stars:
24
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

78 out of 84 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs near the airport   Great for advanced golfers locals a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens thick rough   Great for drinks  

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"A Pete Dye Test of Your Abilities"


Stephen8071806's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Any Pete Dye course will be challenging. This one is not as tough as some Dye courses I have played but still long, hilly and challenging. A few of the greens were in need of some TLC due to mold but overall they were good. Fairways outstanding, tees could use some TLC and leveling. Sand traps excellent condition (so overlooked these days) and even though the course was very wet the traps were playable.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"greens were bumpy"


ctwyvern23's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I always enjoy Wintonbury, even if my game is struggling. The greens hadn't recovered from winter, they were still bumpy, with aeration holes still a problem. Still, it's a solid track


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome Course"


HDown9's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played 18 holes as a two sum yesterday and had an absolute blast, the start was very helpful with knowledge of the greens and overall layout, both the groups in front and behind us were nice and the course and overall day was beautiful. The pace of play was kinda slow but having know how golf courses run we understood and didn't let it ruin the day. Only thing is with the amount of players out there it would be nice if they sent out a beverage cart even if it was a weekday and having to drive to the range was a little annoying but not bad. The GPS on the carts were awesome and helpful, and the overall day day was great.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"very slow play"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2016
Previously played Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

Longest round of golf that I have ever played 5 hours and 45 minutes. There were no marshals on the course and no effort to speed up play. We called the pro shop from the course and nothing was done.

We will never return.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Pete Dye Greens are the challenge on this course"


GalCallaway's avatar
New Jersey Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I participated in a golf competition at Wintonbury Hills. I played a practice round (on a Friday) and a competitive round (on a Saturday).

Bottom line first - I really liked the course layout and the condition of the course was excellent. Unless you have a terrible hook or slice you will not have trouble off the tee. The fairways are a challenge because you don't have many even lies (e.g., ball below your feet, ball above your feet). The real challenge is on the greens. The speed was what I expected but there are plenty of interesting breaks (with two tier greens, or bumps and swales protecting the greens).

They do have a few environmentally protected areas but again, you will only notice them if you have a bad slice or hook. One other thing, you need to hit a lot of shots aiming left off the tee because many fairways roll left to right.

Warm up/Practice Facilities - the only real down side is that the driving range is down the road and you must take your car. So you buy a token in the Pro Shop and drive to the range and then drive back to the course. At the course, behind the Pro Shop is a very nice practice putting green. You are allowed to chip on the green and they even have a few bunkers on the side of the practice green.

Don't let the policy of not driving in the rough turn you off from this course, it is very easy to ride in and out of the fairway (and ride down the fairway). The carts do slow and increase in speed automatically (e.g., when in the parking lot the carts go slow or going down a steep hill on the cart path) so just go with flow.

Pace of Play is great on the front nine but slows on the back nine. We still finished in 4 and 1/2 hours but any time you wait it feels slow. In my opinion the pace issue on the back is for two reasons (1) the back nine is a bit tougher and (2) I saw them putting groups off on the 10th tee when we were teeing off the 1st tee.

Staff and facilities: The staff was friendly and the starter did a great job providing instructions and giving tips. If you like yardage books, they do offer them for sale. The grill is nice and the food was decent. As with most Pro Shops not a lot of variety for women golfers.

Overall, I really enjoyed both days that I played this course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"True gem"


u000006500872's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played here for $40. Worth double that easily. Starter explained all the rules of the cart and how to enjoy the course. Also gave us tips on how to read the Pete dye greens. There was no one playing this gem, why?!?! The layout is open and fair with no blind shots. The greens are a true test of skill. Drove 1:30 and will definitely be back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"One of best courses in central CT"


cafarotr1's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2016
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

Fabulous track that is challenging but fair. Enough fairway width for mid handicappers on most holes. A few difficult driving holes but not the norm. The course is built on a gently rising hill with some horizontal and some vertical with elevation changes. Challenging greens because of slope of hill, that are well kept and roll nicely. The majority of the course is open. Trees come into play at the far end of the course. There are no homes on the course which makes for an enjoyable day with an out in the country feel. Excellnt course for the money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"9 hole review"


u000002474543's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Finished 9 holes in less than 1.5 hrs.

Golf cart GPS held us hostage for the first 3 or 4

holes...

Make sure to get a briefing @ check-in if new to the

course.

There was one considerate (out of 4) individual behind us who re-set the cart disable feature when

we drove in the rough

The others (members presumably) made mean

comments.

The front 9 was in good shape considering the dry weather.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Worth the money to play"


Sarann77's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you ever wonder what it's like to play a pga course then wintonbury hills is the perfect test. The only Pete Dye course in the lower part of New England is a must play. The greens are fast and tricky. The fairways slope and run. You have to think about where you hit it because you place it right you get rewarded. If you miss then your misses can be really bad. That is what Pete dye courses do. They challenge your skills not like other courses


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/04/2016

In all fairness, the Pete Dye-designed Pound Ridge Country Club is a stone's throw from lower New England, Stamford CT to be exact.


"Great for all skill levels"


CLaw1185's avatar
Hartford Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I enjoy warming-up prior to my rounds, if I have the time. That is somewhat challenging at Wintonbury as the range is 1/4 mile from the clubhouse and you need to get your personal vehicle to get there. It's also mats only, and only offers 8-10 spots. The mats are nice however.

After that, the place is great. There are some similar holes, (1 & 10, 2& 11, 3 & 12, 4 & 13), but there is also a great mix of wide-open and tree-lined holes offering nice variety. The most difficult holes are definitely holes 14 & 15 with tight drives required and precise approach shots needed.

The greens are very challenging. Very undulating, quick, and difficult to read. There are also some challenging pin placements. The conditions of the course is great and it's a very enjoyable play for all skill levels. I've been multiple times and will continue to go, as it's a great option for anyone in the central CT/Hartford region.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


JJClar's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens and overall course in great condition. Pace of play was great. Make sure you go out ahead of the league play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great Day"


ZR1Z06's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The lay out requires distance and accuracy. Greens are fast but consistent. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Nice putting green but driving range is a bit of a hike. The back nine played slower and gets backed up as groups stop to grab lunch to go before going to the 10th tee.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Early Season"


streetfleet1's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape for a March tee time.

I will surely return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best in CT"


dtkoerne's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This is well worth the drive and the price. I've enjoyed every round I have played at this course. It is expensive even with a Hot Deal though. That said if you want to splurge to get a top of the line experience in CT, this is where you go. I suggest using your rewards on this to get the price down.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun in the Fall"


u000006227617's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My partner and I live an hour away on the shoreline and we usually play here once or twice a year. For us the price has a lot to do with our round. We paid a GolfNow price of $49 for April and November rounds. The course is usually in top notch shape. For the most part it was, except the greens were aerated recently and #14 had hidden plywood on the fairway which caused me to loose a ball that was hit on the fairway. With a 60 degree sunny day and little wind, we had a great time. Leaves were never an issue.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not Your Typical New England Course"


Irex482's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

WOW! This course is beautiful. Rolling fairways with few trees as you pull into the parking lot. It really is an awesome looking course.

Our foursome played at bargain rates: $35/cart this fall day. And, although I agree with most of the reviews that state it is a great course we did have some problems.

If you've never played Wintonbury pay close attention to the Starter when he talks about golf cart use. They can only be driven on the cart paths or fairways. If you drive in the rough it will stop dead, as we learned, and will have to be pushed back to the fairway or cart path

The second problem was the greens. Although large and nicely designed, the were aerated several weeks ago but looked like they were just done. They were extremely bumpy, sandy and beat up, so much so that we limited ourselves to 2 putts each. The culprit is water. There has been very little rain recently and the sprinklers have been shut off in preparation for winter. So, no water, no growth.

The last problem was in the bar. They ran out of bottled beer except for a few unpopular brands. That is an unforgivable sin.

I will play this course again and would recommend it to anyone. It is the kind of course that would impress a guest or for entertaining clients. It is truly a bucket list and a top 10 course in New England.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent course, great condition"


Mike17297'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 10/06/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course was outstanding, fast but fair greens. Very well maintained, would return in a heart beat. Two issues: front desk told us carts would be loaded near barn. Cart guy was asleep in a cart inside the cart barn; we had to load ourselves. Pace of play was slow. No ranger. Group in front of us was incredibly slow. 2 holes open in front of them, no ranger in site.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Exceptional golf!"


David8830897's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I finally found it! A golf course in Ct. that takes full advantage of a great piece of property, offers challenging-yet-fair tests, has quick greens and is affordable!

Wintonbury Hills is a must-play, people. I was struck by its visual beauty and playability. Green complexes are just that -- complex. Playing it over and over again will be fun when I get to see different hole locations.

A real treat.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great shape"


u000004363548's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in great shape. Greens are quick. Played from the back tees and the course isn't extremely long. The greens fees may be a little too high though.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful track with fast, tricky greens"


Bdpetroni2's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I played this course as I was in the area yesterday. I'd always played Gillette Ridge in the past when I was in the Hartford area, but they've since closed.

Wintonbury Hills is a much better maintained course, though probably not as memorable. Value was great at $35 with a cart. Conditions were as good as you'll find on a public course. Most holes are fairly wide open, so you really can hit driver on almost every par 4 and 5. This really is a nice course for players of all levels. Gillette Ridge was not, it was geared exclusively towards advanced players.

This course would be of average difficulty if not for the greens. These are some of the trickiest greens I've ever seen, and they're also fast. There were several putts where I read it to break one way and it actually went the opposite way.

There were also a few quirks I noticed, one was somewhat charming, the other unbelievably annoying.

The former was a starter that takes his job WAY too seriously. He asked us if we'd ever played the course before, to which I replied no. He said, "Ok, so just a few things..." and then proceeded to read us a 5 paragraph essay about what to do and not to do on the course. He also forgot to mention the single most important piece of information, that all groups were starting on the 10th hole. I have never seen a course where every single group goes to #10. If someone can enlighten me, I'm all ears.

The latter quirk is regarding the GPS carts. So the carts do offer GPS, but the yardages are only to the center of the green as opposed to the flagstick. They also don't offer an enlarged view of the green. For a first-time player, that turns some blind approach shots into guesses on where the green actually is. Lastly, WH also doesn't allow the carts in the rough. And what happens if you do drive into the rough? The cart literally shuts down and you have to call the clubhouse so they can come out and have someone restart it. I know because it happened to us. 10 ft off the cart path. I asked the starter about this exact scenario, but I really didn't believe it. Instead of calling in, we literally pushed the cart backwards onto the cart path. 90% of golfers wouldn't have been able to do this, and would have jammed up the course waiting for someone to come restart their cart. A few holes later, I was on the cart path next to a tee box, and the GPS screen said i was in a restricted area! I thought the cart was going to shut down again, but luckily it reset once I put it in reverse.

How on earth do members of this course tolerate this garbage with the carts? I have literally played hundreds of nice courses, and have never seen anything like this. It's absolutely ridiculous.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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