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4.1
382 Reviews (382)
5 Stars
107
4 Stars
126
3 Stars
78
2 Stars
41
1 Stars
30
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.0
82.8%
Recommend this course
290 out of 382 reviews
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4.3
47 Reviews (47)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
89.4%
Recommend this course
42 out of 47 reviews
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4.2
56 Reviews (56)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
25
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
87.5%
Recommend this course
49 out of 56 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7191 yards
Slope 140
Rating 74.5

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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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.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms

Reviews

4.1
382 Reviews (382)

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 41
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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5.0
Previously Played

Great course challenging yet fun

This is a solid course. The greens are fast the layout is fun and challenging and the staff are so nice. The par 5’s are not easy birdie holes but do reward great shots. Favorite hole is the par 5 11th just cause of the view and is a great risk reward type of course. Overall definitely recommend this place

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Fast green

Overall, the course was in a great shape. There were a couple of greens a few spots dried out, but the pin position was way far from those, so it did not interfere the putting. All greens were fast.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Good course,so-so condition

The course was not in good condition, but playable. Green tee boxes were mostly non existent,,,they were spots in fairways, skimpy grass, lots of divots unfilled with sand. Green were fast, but many ball marks that other players failed to fix. No more red tee boxes and women's yardage reduced a lot. Why are drop zones put on the green side of hazards? Drop zones were not well marked or manicured. Will I play here again? Probably not. Maybe you can blame it on the pandemic that the course was in not so good condition>>>>hmmmm.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course - Must Play

Nicest course we played in the Hartford area. Extremely good conditions. Stopped after for food at the clubhouse and had some great wings.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

Played after a big tournament there so the pin placements were very challenging and tees were deep fun time

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Second time playing was as good as the first

Friendly greeting by cart staff. Organized and friendly pro shop. Out to the starter who made it his life’s mission to convince me how much he loves this course, his job, experience of his customers. Says if you’re golfing solo come see him before you go in and ask the pro shop and he can get you in quicker. This guy is the man. Loves his job and very enthusiastic. The course is beautiful and well maintained. Summer 2020 has been very dry and even the best of courses look like crap. Not Gillette Ridge. This place is green, beautiful, scenic, well maintained. Very cool and interesting course. Challenging and very fun. Play the back 9 too, front 9 brought me back to play 18. At cart return these guys are always asking their customers how the experience was. They know their golf course is well run and they’re expecting a good response. New favorite course, highly recommend

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Would arny be happy?

I have played other Arnold Palmer courses, for example his courses in Myrtle Beach and this course is not in the same league as his others. The building surrounding and the loads of people strangely milling about make for a noisy and odd round. Work trucks in play on hole or do not make for a glorious hole one.There are a few beautiful holes. Specifically number 16, but not enough to draw me back. The rate seems fair at 42 with cart though. They had trouble with taking Payment and gave zero directions on what to do to start. Odd place.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 46
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun time

First time at Gillette and will be back. Coarse is in very good condition especially considering weather for past month.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Good overall

The course was wet and some areas of fairways were soggy. I had a tough time with my short game since the club does not bounce but digs into the ground if I hit a little bit behind the ball. But the greens were fast and fair.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Rainny Sunday

Here we are again! It's raining but we're golfing and having fun. The staff was really friendly and the course is always beautiful and the price was right thanks to Golfnow. I would recommend this course to all golfers.like I said before, the price is right if u book thru Golfnow. I would play here again and again even with their price. The layout is perfect for my game.plety of danger and the rough is a rough. The green was true thru the whole 18 green, . Thanks Golfnow!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Definitely coming back

Played Gillette Ridge for the first time today from the blues (72.1/135). The course was in excellent condition. Tees, fairways and greens were all in great shape. Nice mix of short and longer holes, straight, right and left doglegs. Fairways are generous and greens are receptive to well struck shots.

There are some long stretches between greens to the next tee, so walking makes it a lot longer. Not sure if it's COVID related or not, but there are no convenience stations (toilets) and we didn't see the cart girl until the back nine. Be prepared for those two things... but enjoy the course because it is fun and challenging to play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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