Gillette Ridge

4.1393117647 4.1 stars from 5 (292)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7191 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 74.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 292 Reviews
5 stars:
68
4 stars:
91
3 stars:
71
2 stars:
33
1 stars:
29

recommend this course

213 out of 291 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include forced carries water hazards bunkers   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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u00000971557's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Needs some organization"


u000005007466's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course"


tybaxter2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course. It’s in very good condition. Challenging, but not impossible. Off course amenities were nice too.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Challenging layout ..."


Harbourtown18's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2018
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Reviewed on

Always fun to play...cart is a must if you’re playing 18!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"July 3rd."


Rozrywka's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great members"


u226929448's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Love this course"


stanleygo's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2018
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Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Jason9710962's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2018
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Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


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


TimGavrichGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




RLH's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



mayrg001's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u867012570's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


I recommend this course


"Know this before playing"


Gogolf64's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

The course is in very good shape considering the amount of play it gets. It's usually pretty crowded in the evening so 9 holes will take more than 2 hours. It is an interesting course with lots of water.

The biggest problem is the walkers/runners on the course. Because there are multiple housing units on both the front and the back, it is not unusual to have a walker come over a hill while you are teeing off, or even a jogger come up behind you in the middle of a swing. They usually stay on the cart path but it is very distracting. While there are a few signs saying the course and cart paths are restricted to golfers only, the course management has no intention of controlling this.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Course was great"


zuesman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. Staff was friendly and helpful. Great experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice track!!"


rsr32's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I’ve Played several times here before. Got in on a hot deal!! Course was in nice shape this time of year. Greens were rolling well. Will definitely be back to play again soon.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


philmicraken's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing at this course. Fairway are nice greens were quick. Great course lots of fun


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Getting better"


u000004917800's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course continues to improve. Definitely recommend to a better player.

The greens were still recovering from being aerated recently, but otherwise the course is in good shape for this time of year.

It’s a good test with some interesting holes. Some approach shots are very challenging, so be prepared to score a little higher than your handicap.

Looking forward to playing it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u814585438's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Tough public course in great shape."


u025730623's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in amazing shape for being early spring and after a lot rain. The course is certainly challenging and has really turned around under new management. Bring an extra sleeve of balls with you.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Jason4515368's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Early Spring round on the first decent weather day we have had. Gillette Ridge was packed and the pace of play was pretty dismal. Just over 5 hours for 18. Everybody was rusty and there were pins set like it was the Master. How about near the middle of the green for a couple weeks! It also slows down when egos get in the way. Watched the group in front of us hit it 180 off the Blue Tees all day so you get the drift. If everyone played the correct tees it would have maybe been a little better. Hard for someone from the course to tell a group to move up....shouldn't be, but it was hard to watch. Course was in decent shape for early season.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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