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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|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 M: 63.5/113 W: 73.7/138||234||119||394||215||225||124||345||436||301||2393||298||404||241||117||254||253||426||123||338||2454||4847|
Food & BeverageBar, Grill, Restaurant
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Played after a big tournament there so the pin placements were very challenging and tees were deep fun time
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
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.
First time at Gillette and will be back. Coarse is in very good condition especially considering weather for past month.
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.
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!
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.