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4.0
352 Reviews (352)
5 Stars
91
4 Stars
114
3 Stars
77
2 Stars
40
1 Stars
30
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.9
82.7%
Recommend this course
262 out of 352 reviews
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4.1
18 Reviews (18)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.4
83.3%
Recommend this course
15 out of 18 reviews
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4.0
44 Reviews (44)
5 Stars
17
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
79.5%
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35 out of 44 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

4.0
352 Reviews (352)

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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Reviews 20
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
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Plays A few times a week
4.0
Previously Played

Pace of play issue

I teed off as a single at 8:10 on Monday 6/26. Finished 9 at 11:18.

I was trying to play a quick 18 and got stuck in a death march. Matched up with 3 hacks losing 2+ balls/ hole. I would love if this course would take into consideration how difficult it is and group people accordingly.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great but challenging course

Always a challenge playing here. The average golfer like myself (14 handicap) will plan to lose balls here but the course will make you better each time. Can’t beat a weekday morning rate of $39 including cart!

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
5.0
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Previously Played

Good pace of play

Tee off at 7:00am with one other golfer.we had a nice round. The pace was good, I enjoy early tee times because pace is good in the early morning. The course is well maintained.
I would return.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Local knowledge a must here

Played after over 1" of rain previous night. Course was in good not great condition, fairways were in good shape, bunkers had been raked by grounds crew & in good shape, greens were a bit slow, rough was in pretty poor condition - thin & dry on several holes, cut short. This created problems in places where the rough should prevent the ball from running into a hazard, not today!

Course layout features several well designed & challenging holes along with a couple of head scratchers. Local knowledge is important for a few blind shots & knowing yardages as course was poorly marked. Frustrating to hit the ball dead center w less than driver, have it catch a slope or run through the fairway, through the rough, and into a hazard. (3x - 8,12,14)

GPS has 9s reversed.

Pace of play was just ok, 4 hrs for 18.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times 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
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Improved from years ago.

I first started playing this course several years ago and it was in bad shape do to ownership change. Now it is pristine. Great job to the new management.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun course - challenging layout

Course was in solid shape for May. Greens were a little longer than expected but still enjoyable to play on. Pace of play was tough but that was due to the poor play of two groups in front of us so nothing to knock the course on. Great deal with the hot deal listing.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

A joke

I get that we are in the middle of a pandemic, but this might be one of the few golf courses in CT that isn’t open. I call 15 different courses in a 30 mile radius and not a single one has an available tee time yet Gillette ridge isn’t even open. Beyond that there is no explanation for it. This course is always sold out of tee times and they aren’t even open. It is usually one of my favorite courses to play but through these challenging times this course and management is showing it’s real teeth on how it feels about it’s customers. On top of that good luck playing this course on a mid summer day. I hope you like 6 hour rounds. Oh by the way don’t bother calling the pro shop to let them know about the pace of play because no one is going to come and ever try to fix that. Bring your own cooler of beverages maybe that’ll make up for the excruciating pace of play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/01/2020

i live close to the course and had wondered why they werent open too. ii was told that because the course is on property owned by Cigna that they did not want the course open when cigna and the other financial services comapny that is on the property were not open, so it may not have been the preference of the course itself to remain closed.

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pretty Good

Played March 18, nice weather, decent conditions for time of year. The blue tees are pretty difficult , bring your 'A'' game.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Maintaining

Course was in bad shape grass and especially the greens divots horrible shape

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 90
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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