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4.2
243 Reviews (243)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
90
3 Stars
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2 Stars
16
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
84.6%
Recommend this course
199 out of 243 reviews
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4.2
70 Reviews (70)
5 Stars
32
4 Stars
26
3 Stars
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2 Stars
6
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
88.6%
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62 out of 70 reviews
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4.3
90 Reviews (90)
5 Stars
47
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
90.0%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 6725 yards
Slope 133
Rating 72.7

Lyman Orchards is a popular Connecticut destination most known for the nearly 100 varieties of pick-your-own fruit but it also offers two championship 18-hole golf courses and a nine-hole course. One of the longer courses was designed by Gary Player and the other by Robert Trent Jones. Lyman Orchards' Player Course is a seemingly mild 6,600 yards from the tips but don't let the yardage fool you, this layout is a tough but fair test. There are over 30 bunkers strategically placed along the small greens and deciduous trees and beautiful white pines line the fairways. Routed through the orchards across gently rolling hills, the golf course is as scenic as it is challenging. The terrain provides the course with plenty of ups and downs, as well as great views, especially on the 11th and 13th holes.

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Course Details

Year Built 1994
Architect Gary Player (1994)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Lyman Orchards Golf Academy"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.2
243 Reviews (243)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 18
Forced Carries 16
Thick Rough 12
This course/club is great for:
Playing Multiple Courses 12
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 12
A Weekend Splurge 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 16
In the 'Burbs 8

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Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Where did the tee boxes go?

(JONES COURSE)
Missing tee boxes. Where did they go? A couple of them were good.. Other than that greens where fast and great, just how I like them. Fairways were good. Some places grass was very long. I love the course, better tee boxes would make this place a beaut.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tee boxes from white tees were very spotty.

White tee boxes need some work on the Player course. Many bare spots and ripped up grass.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging Front Nine

An interesting course layout with significant elevation changes, especially in the front 9. The course rewards accuracy with relatively small greens to target, with many doglegs where it pays to first go see where the pin is located. Definitely worth while to take the cart, since not only is it hilly, but distances between holes can be as much as 1/2 mile.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course was dry

Tee boxes were dirt, the green side bunker on # 10 had the concrete base showing. This has been the worst I’ve ever seen this course!!! $75 way too much

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

NEED A RANGER Rock hard greens

Nice track but very slow. Foursoe ahead must have hit an average of 7 ball off every hole.No Ranger all day and carts inform you. How far you are off pace..Carts are new but a real pain you know where if you don't. stay on the car path .Greens are hard as rocks and near impossible to hit and. Keep on the putting surface. This place needs some rain as good drives don't even hold the fairways.. restaurant staff is nice probably won't return until after they get some rain.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Nice layout .Greens running quicker than usual . Tee boxes are bad and some cart paths need some work. Thanks for the apple

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Front 9 hol so bad Condition

Tee box so bad... I can't put in my tee.
And fairway so bad front 9 hols.
Back 9 hols not bad...

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/25/2020

Hello, thank you for playing and for your review. We are seeing some great recovery to the turf from the drought this summer. We do listen to our golfers are working diligently on improving our conditions every day. Thank you and we hope to see you soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/25/2020

Thank you for playing and thank you for your review. Hope to see you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 52
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
New Hampshire Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Great design, poor maintenance.

Enjoyed the round. Course is very well designed and very playable, being not particularly long. Played the blues and it played considerably shorter than the scorecard yardage.

Fun to play.

Maintenance.... 14 of the holes didn't have tee markers set up - just laying on the side of the tee, so we just teed up adjacent to them. New holes were cut ahead of us, but the guy doing it did a rough job. Most of them were not straight, but leaning, some of them considerably so - and lots of the edges were gouged. I'd get rid of that dude.

The tee boxes were in atrocious condition. Very little grass, and so concrete hard that it was very difficult getting a tee into the ground. Was a running joke throughout the round about needing a power drill to pre-drill a hole for the tee.. Fairways were very poor. Greens were in good shape, despite the dozens of ball marks that folks can't be bothered to fix.

Overall - I'd definitely play there again. So much potential. Just needs more TLC to be a great track.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/29/2020

Thank you for playing and thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed the layout. The course has been under water restriction for several weeks due to a lack of water and thus is very dry. Thankfully we received some much needed rain recently and things should bounce back quickly. Other comments have been noted and will be addressed. Thank you again and have a great day!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Target golf

Stick to the landing zones. Lots of way to get in trouble and lose balls. Several tee boxes require accuracy over Ravines to hit narrow fairways. Tees not in as good of shape as the jones course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/29/2020

Thank you for playing and thank you for the review. The dry conditions certainly bring more trouble into play. We finally got some rain these last few days and hopefully the tee boxes will bounce back quickly!

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Uneven conditions

Played on Wednesday and the day was windy. The greens were in very good condition, but the tee boxes were al dried out and hardpan. The fairways were spotty with dry spots and a lot of roll.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/29/2020

Thank you for playing and thank you for the review. Thankfully we have received valuable rain in the last few days so in another week or so, the golf course should be much more green. Thank you again and we hope to see you back soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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Commented on 08/29/2020

Thank you for playing and thank you for your review. Hope to see you back again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
1.0
Previously Played

Not what I expected

Tees had very little grass, and the rest of the course looked like it hasn’t had any water for a long time. Could not get a tee in the ground, so hard

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 08/29/2020

Thank you for playing and thank you for your review. We have been under water restriction for a significant period of time. Thankfully we received enough rain to recharge the ponds are hopefully within a week or two the course will begin greening back up. Thank you again and we hope to see you back soon.

Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser

The tee boxes are pretty beat up and the fairways are pretty dry. The greens were great, the layout is nice(more power to you if you walk jt, I'm not) the off course stuff was great, the food good, service great, carts were high tech.
Played with two nice guys and one who wanted to talk politics. He was dying to and feeling the rest of us out the entire time. None of us took the bait thank God. Hey folks, how about we all agree to keep the politics out of the random foursome conversation? I dont feel like like listening to it for four hours. Talk sports, music, dogs for Pete's sake. Some dudes just making fools of themselves .

Otherwise nice round.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/19/2020

Thank you for playing and thank you for your review. We definitely could use some rain to help with the dry conditions. We hope to see you back again soon.

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Double edge sword

6am tee time is good for playing fast and getting on with the day...first 5 holes I waited in fairway for the greens to be cut. Holes were obviously the same cups from the day before. Playing early before the course is properly prepared isn’t worth the discounted price.

First and last time.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/19/2020

Thank you for playing and thank you for your feedback. With the sun coming up later and later, it's difficult to get the course ready in time for the first tee time. We appreciate your feedback and are working on improving your future rounds at Lyman Orchards. Thank you.

Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Same Old, Same Old...

Yet another slow round at Lyman. For whatever reason, the Starter thought it was a great idea to send a "Sixsome" in front of the "Fivesome" he sent out in front of us. So our Foursome was behind two groups consisting of eleven golfers?!?! When we asked the Starter why he was letting five people out in front of us, he stated "they are all friends and wanted to play together." Not good course management.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/19/2020

Thank you for playing and thank you for your review. We apologize that your round was so slow and that a fivesome was in front of you. We clearly should not have allowed them to play as five. Thank you for your feedback.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Good value!

Good value round! The new GPS carts are nice, but can get a little annoying with all the alerts, and not well marked “Do Not Drive” areas (the cart shuts off) Greens were in great shape, but course was really burnt out from the lack of rain. I’d definitely play again though. Nice staff and good course otherwise

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/12/2020

Thank you for playing and thank you for the review! Hopefully we get some rain soon to bring back some green. Hope to see you back soon.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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