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4.1
301 Reviews (301)
5 Stars
71
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
34
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.9
90.2%
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221 out of 301 reviews
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4.0
1 Reviews (1)
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Conditions
3.0
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
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4.3
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.2
92.6%
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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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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

4.1
301 Reviews (301)

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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for Having just opened it was great. Greens were rough but that’s to be expected in early April. My ratings will be even higher as the season moves along

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Fall beauty

our foursome play the course on a Thursday afternoon very chilly but the course was in great shape a little wet here and there as you might expect given our recent weather. Very few people on the course of the pace was great greens were in excellent condition although a bit fast and hard still in great shape enjoy for the rest of the year. Restaurant staff friendly and food and bar excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
First Time Playing

Disappointed

No marshall to speed up pace of play. Tee boxes were not adequately marked. Entitled, slow, terrible golfers couldn’t bother to fill divots and repair greens.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Fairways, greens and even the bunkers are in great condition

1st time playing since they reopened. Applause to the grounds staff. Fairways and greens are in great condition.
Actual greens are the same speed as the practice green-true and fast.
Can't wait to return

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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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
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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
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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
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
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great members

I had such a great night golfing. I booked the round for 1 and was paired with 2 friends that golfed there frequently. They made the night! I would go back there just to golf with them.
The course was lovely and the night was perfect.
There was a problem with the booking. I booked for 5:56 and they changed it to 6:04, but when I got there they had eliminated me. They didn't tell me, but I saw on the ticket it stated 6:36 start time. I didn't think I'd get 9 holes in. The young people at the registers did not know what to do, so they sent me out to the starter, who thought I should go back and ask them. But then he solved the problem and I started right away.

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

Love this course

Why were some of the green tees moves up? Great day!!

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

Great cource! Great shape! Great atmosphere and staff! I only hope they go back to the original layout they flipped the 9holes. The original 16,17,18 were excellent finishing holes!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

If you know what you're getting into, you'll have fun

Gillette Ridge is by far the harder of the two golf courses that opened in Bloomfield, Connecticut in 2004, and it has the more checkered history by far. The Arnold Palmer design is, in many ways, an acquired taste due to how punishing it can be.

The drivable par-4 13th (now the 4th, since they recently and totally nonsensically switched the nines) is one of the best holes of its kind that I've seen, but tough bunkering, forced carries and undulating greens can make for a long day at the Ridge if you're playing from the wrong tees or not on your game. But I've always appreciated it for the mental test it poses - it's a good course to play if you want to toughen yourself up as a golfer. Just be prepared to suffer a little bit.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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