Gillette Ridge

4.1135176471 4.1 stars from 5 (283)
  • 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 283 Reviews
5 stars:
63
4 stars:
88
3 stars:
70
2 stars:
33
1 stars:
29

recommend this course

204 out of 282 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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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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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


"Good to be back."


carr0509's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I hadn't played this course for over a year as it was suffering from poor maintenance. I had heard that they have since worked on it to get it back to where it was a few years ago so I decided to give it a try again (a good price from Golf Now made the decision easy). I'm happy to report that conditions have improved and I would recommend the course to others. Note that many believe this course falls under the "extremely challenging" category - and it does if you insist on playing from the "tips". If you play the white tees and you become familiar with the layout, the course is "getable" however there are big scores lurking on many holes if you're not on your game - our foursome had an enjoyable experience (despite not all of us bringing our "A Game"). Also note - "Happy Hour" pricing in the bar would be welcome. I'll be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Gillette ridge"


tacoma2005's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has come a long way since I played here 6 or 7 years ago. Pretty tough course but fair. Nice interesting layout. Fairways are in great condition, nice sand in the bunkers, nice level tee boxes. The greens had been punched 3 weeks before we played so they were still bumpy and sandy but still rolled decent and will be nice come spring. Got a good deal on golf now paid $39 but there regular rate is around $70 which I believe is a bit much. Every bit of a $55 course but not $70.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Winter Golf in CT."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in Great Shape for the time of year. Had a wonderful late Fall round of golf. Weather helped out with a high of 44.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"This is agreat course. Challenging interesting"


Kmc57's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hi great course. Challenging and interesting. In really good shape. If we hadn't picked such a cold and windy day it would have been perfect.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"RIDICULOUSLY SLOW; POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE;"


itofitof's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Bad experience from start to finish. Manager Lucas lied about play time and course conditions. I found fictitious items added to my bill. I overheard Lucas boasting that most customers don't realize that he has signed them up for their monthly "Players Club." and that it is almost impossible to cancel the continued monthly billing. Sad that such a potentially nice facility is run by such management that taints the entire experience--- Play if you have 6 hours; HOLD YOUR WALLET!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 11/14/2017

This review is about the furthest thing from the truth. I am a full member of this club for a few reasons. First, it is miserably challenging and has improved my approach to how I play golf. If you don't play smart, you are in the junk. It is a pro level course for us Joe Nobody's which is pretty awesome. Second, Macho Men feel the need to play the blues or the tips here......a lot. My advice, don't unless you're a really good golfer. This is a hard place for the mid-level player. The reality is, there's no Gold Jacket waiting for you at the closing ceremony. It's those guys that slow it down. If you go there on a busy day, like any Golf Course, play will be slower. Third, the customer service is exemplary. Lucas specifically is hands down the most patient and even keeled golf pro I have met. It is Lucas that has me playing well and believe me I was horrible when I started playing again. As far as conditions, and this is direct right at the reviewer, IT'S NOVEMBER IN CONNECTICUT DUDE!!!! What did you think you were getting? Lush green grass and perfect greens. The grounds crew needs to prep for winter man. Oh, side note, there's no contract player's club. You just cancel it. Nice lie though and I'm also pretty sure that Century golf knows how to manage a Golf Course. Arnie knew his business. In short sir, your review is laden with lies, is not accurate of the staff and does not represent my club. My guess is it was too hard for you to play so you decided to lash out without logic when you felt jaded. For everyone else, Gillette Ridge is amazing and worth every minute you spend there. Even if the play is slow some days.


"SLOW!!!"


jfinn3308's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have always liked plahing here but lately it appears that communication from golfnow to the coirsare non existant. Twice now my tee time has been back logged and the course extremely slow. I walked off last time because it took 1 1/2 hours to play 4 holes with 3 groups and each hole. Poor place of play and no rangers


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Pace was soooooooo slooooooooow"


ctgolfer5's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played as a foursome, all pretty good golfers. Three some in front of us kept trying to play from the blues. 2 out of 3 had no business hitting from the blues. Only ranger that came by asked them if the three some in front of them was playing fast enough. On a par 3 one of them hit a tee shot that almost landed on top of himself, no lie. Started at 1:30 and was unable to finish the round. Totally unacceptable. Course was in good shape and got a great rate but unless they get a grip on the pace issue it’s not worth the aggravation.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pace"


ctorganizer's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We went back to Gillette again, we wanted to try it again. The course was seriously overbooked and once again there was no action taken by the course to remedy pace of play. It is a great course but book before noon and maybe look over the number of cars before you go in?


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"A Must Play!"


Robert6163051's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I’m so pleased with the reopening of this course! As nice as any private club I’ve played. Kudos to the entire organization at Gillette Ridge for reviving such a marvelous gem.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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