Gillette Ridge

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4.2
297
5 Stars
69
4 Stars
93
3 Stars
72
2 Stars
34
1 Stars
29
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.0
91.9%
Recommend this course
218 out of 296 reviews
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4.2
25
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.2
96.0%
Recommend this course
24 out of 25 reviews
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Average Rating
4.0
42
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.6
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.0
90.7%
Recommend this course
39 out of 42 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7191
Slope 140
Rating 74.5
Type Public
Gillette Ridge Golf Club in Bloomfield, just outside of Hartford, is an Arnold Palmer Signature course. It is one of the toughest rounds in all of New England. The course sprawls across a beautiful landscape covered with natural wetlands and forests of towering maples, oaks, and elm trees. There are strategically placed bunkers in addition to the natural challenges but they are not excessive. The wetlands come into play on almost half of the holes at Gillette Ridge Golf Club. The approaches to the greens are seemingly intimidating but as long as you don't hit short there is always bailout area on one side. Since each hole presents a unique challenge, there is not just one signature hole, but one of the most memorable holes is the par-5 second, a true risk-reward test that requires both length and accuracy.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7191 yards 74.5 140
Blue 72 6703 yards 72.1 135
White 72 6133 yards 69.3 128
Green 72 5539 yards 73.7 138
Scorecard for Gillette Ridge Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.5/140 430 214 609 294 430 187 431 577 478 3650 426 505 431 182 364 387 612 187 447 3541 7191
Blue M: 72.1/135 407 186 567 273 397 173 409 535 441 3388 399 480 401 168 325 359 587 172 424 3315 6703
White M: 69.3/128 377 155 528 242 326 156 383 502 405 3074 379 418 380 162 283 336 555 157 389 3059 6133
Green W: 73.7/138 347 136 460 199 305 147 345 480 348 2767 311 404 355 148 241 316 513 146 338 2772 5539
Handicap 8 6 10 18 16 14 12 4 2 15 3 7 5 11 17 1 13 9
Par 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2004
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (2004) Ed Seay (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Reviews

4.2
297

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 28
Patio Dining 22
19th Hole Scenic Views 9
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 45
Water Hazards 41
Bunkers 37
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 40
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 27
Locals 18
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 37
In the 'Burbs 26
Worth the Drive 24
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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

wet and fast greens

After multiple days of rain we played this course. The grounds crew was very apparent cutting and taking york rakes to the bunkers. They were not a constant distraction because they went against the direction of play. It did not take away from a challenging course we would love to play again.,

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0

One of our favorite courses, but disappointed this time around.

Last year, the conditions were amazing, comparable to the nearby Wintonbury, but there has been a decline this year. Not saying the conditions are bad, but it is a noticeable decline from last year.

The pace today was absolutely awful. 5 hours. On our second time around there was an approaching T-Storm, and thunder was heard and lightning was seen, but no horn was blown. We decided to head in because it was looking really bad. We went in and got a raincheck and asked about the horn and they said you have to listen for a nearby course's horn. Really? That's dangerous!

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

my only disappointment was the driving practice range was not ready, everything else was good

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Thunder and lightening

Things were ok until we hit the back nine and got washed out and could no longer play.

No refund was offered

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Wet weather
Used cart

More bark than bite

Played here for the first time last week. I'd heard there were many holes with forced carries so avoided it until now. Although the area has received a lot of rain recently, I found the course to be in good shape and quite playable. Although there were several holes where we needed to hit over a hazard or waste area, to reach the fairway or green, none of them were unreasonable from the white tees for this 15 handicapper. Many of the holes were visually stunning while also being quite playable. In addition, the price was much better than some other courses in the area. I would not hesitate to play here again...and soon, I hope.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Needs some organization

A challenging course that could use some organization at the start and end. We received little direction of when to tee off, and multiple groups around the first tee at the same time. Lead to back up on the course. And at the end very unclear where to leave the carts...people and carts everywhere.

Course is a challenge with many doglegs and blind shots. Fairway and greens were in pretty good condition considered the lack of rain and hot temps. However, unforgiving greens, that are small.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Whether you’re in the spectator gallery or lining up your ball on the tee, your round of golf, golf vacation or outing at a TPC will be unforgettable...
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Great course. It’s in very good condition. Challenging, but not impossible. Off course amenities were nice too.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging layout ...

Always fun to play...cart is a must if you’re playing 18!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

July 3rd.

Very challenging course, beautiful layout. Played front nine only. Negative comment: on a 90degree weather I noticed only one water cooler :(. Bring lots of your own water bottles.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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