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.
|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: 71.3/133||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|
Photo submitted by u241990994 on 07/29/2019
Gillette Ridge Golf Club, hole 3 (former 12) Photo submitted by TimGavrichGA on 07/13/2018
Gillette Ridge Golf Club, hole 14 (former 5) Photo submitted by TimGavrichGA on 07/13/2018
A welcome sight: kids and locals of all ages pack the range at Gillette Ridge on a June Tuesday evening. Photo submitted by TimGavrichGA on 07/13/2018
Gillette Ridge's drivable par-4 13th is an excellent hole. Photo submitted by TimGavrichGA on 11/08/2017
The 16th green at Gillette Ridge shows the course is consciously shrinking the putting surfaces, presumably for ease of maintenance. I wish they wouldn't do this - it makes an already hard course even tougher and will slow pace of play. Photo submitted by TimGavrichGA on 11/08/2017
The quirky 17th green at Gillette Ridge juts out over a stone bridge. Photo submitted by TimGavrichGA on 11/08/2017
Gillette Ridge's closing hole is a fair but seriously tough long par four. Photo submitted by TimGavrichGA on 11/08/2017
Photo submitted by Bullguy on 09/01/2017
"Really"? Photo submitted by jfeliciano103 on 06/11/2014
Photo submitted by u000005387859 on 04/30/2013
Columbus Day Golf
The course was in great shape and the fall foliage was prime time. A short delay in teeing off due to a back-up on the 1st hole was nothing out of the ordinary but the 3 hours it took to play the front 9 was awful. Not once did we see a ranger and we decided to leave after seeing how long it would take to play the 10th and that the speed of play wasn't going to improve. Played with 2 other golfers I did not know, one left before my partner and I decided to leave and the 4th left as well.
Not sure if the course is too hard for some or if the golfers ahead were to blame for playing from the wrong tees, slow play or over-booked course?? Again, no ranger was in sight so it's hard to determine what the issue was. I admit is was a holiday but a 6 hour projected round is unreasonable.
Layout iffy, rest of experience great.
Pros: Super friendly staff, course is well-manicured, pace of play was fantastic.
There's really only one con. The layout is not really fun. Too many forced layups, random doglegs, impossible shots. #9 is a great example. We both hit great drives from the blue tees. Over 250+ yards and in the fairway. And are still left with 220, over water. On a par 4.
If you're a really long hitter, this course is probably great. We're not slouches, either. Low-to-mid teens handicaps, depending on the day.
That said, again, the staff were very welcoming, the conditions were wonderful for October, and I love that there are several pace of play reminder clocks on the course. Those should be on every course.
Great day for 18
Enjoyed the course and staff
No starter or ranger and since many groups were on the course,some players hit on too soon and distracted our play
As a high handicapper this course is too difficult for my skill level. Ten penalty shots from lost balls demonstrates the unforgiving layout.
Use the 8 club Palmer distance rules to select the appropriate colored tee. Played white out of pride and it cost an extra ten strokes. Second nine played green tees which was appropriate for my distance level at age 72. Shaved 11 strokes with the tee change.
Highly recommend for the better golfer to challenge their skills, but not to my friends-as I want to keep them.
Course was in great shape- beautiful fairways -quick greens- played from white tees- not long but really challenging- playing again next week- loved this course
Love playing here. Conditions today were as good as they’ve been all year. Greens nice and smooth, fairways beautiful.
Course in fantastic shape, only exception are pitch marks and divots not being repaired by inconsiderate golfers. Do not agree with the switching of the nines a few years back, the new number 9 was a classic finishing hole in my mind. Definitely will play again.
Great course but very challenging
The front nine are especially tough. My score was just ok, but I thoroughly enjoyed the very challenging course. The clubhouse was great.... great food, beer selection and service. I’d love to play it again. I had fun.
Good value, but longer tee time intervals are required
Played Gillette Ridge for the first time. The course is a good value and challenging for 40..00 with a cart but they jam too many players out to quickly and play slows to a crawl.
The layout is challenging from the Blue tees with several 400+ yd par 4's and a couple of tough Par 5's along with a couple par threes into greens well guarded by water.
The course isn't in perfect condition, but nice enough for the money and the greens were fast and true where they weren't obstructed by many, many ball marks.
Course not in good shape
I don’t recommend this course. Fairways were patchy throughout. Plenty of bald spots. Also, I got soaked with sprinklers on two separate holes. Not sure why sprinklers were turned on while golfers were playing.
On the bright side, food and service in the restaurant clubhouse were very good.
The round was over 5.5 hours for 18 holes 1 to two groups on some holes. Greens are showing they are stressed from all of the traffic . The greens are slow and covered in ballparks. Dead spots in the fairways and clover spots around the greens. Was much better earlier in the year.
Bad staff, slow play
I got a 4 some on golf now, unfortunately had 2 late cancellations, was looking to just acquire a rain check for the 2 for a later date, I was greeted extremely poorly from the staff who could care less and made me eat the other 2 players fees. Tee times are too close together, never played in less than 5 hours. Good course, bad everything else.
Great layout. SLOW greens but it’s been hot in CT so i get why the superintendent doesn’t want to burn the grass by cutting them a lot . Lay out is challenging and fun. forced carries and worth every penny.
I played this course today for the first time in a year. It took 5 and a half hours to play. The course was so backed up that my friend and I were forced to make a foursome with the group behind us. On every hole we had to about 15 minutes before we could hit. This was brutal!
Played the black tips..., a true challenge.
Played with 2 young guys that not only played well but were perfect playing partners !!
Course conditions from T to greens were spot on.
I’ll be back !!!!
Course was great food and pro shop the same but Golf Now Sucks!!!