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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Par 36
Length 3039 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Course Details

Year Built 1952
Architect Allen Bissette

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes

Policies

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

Reviews

3.6
23 Reviews (23)
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Best I’ve seen this course. It gets better and better each time I come here and play. A little wet due to all the rain lately and a lot of work being done to improve the course.

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Friendliness Good
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Amenities Average
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Handicap 0-4
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Plays A few times a week
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3.0
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Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

Pleasant Parkland Layout in East Granby

A mostly tree-lined affair set out in the country, Copper Hill is nearly 70 years old and offers a typical brand of parkland experience. The terrain rolls comfortably without extremes and the layout fits the traditional style of American 1950’s golf, although some minor updates, I’m guessing, have been made.

More specifically, one might sum up Cooper Hill Golf Club as short, straightforward, relatively level overall, and mostly tree-lined at its holes’ peripheries. But it’s not tight: many of the holes present an open feel, and you’ll have to stray moderately or even greatly from most of these fairways to find trouble (the exception is the eighth). Nearly all of the greens are bunkered, most often with a single trap. The four short 4-pars here should allow us the opportunity to put several pars on the scorecard, given a good wedge game and decent putting. The first hole, for example, should be a routine GIR for better players, though its green is well-contoured, while the second has a pitched green that is slightly harder to hit.

The fifth adds some drama here, as the shortest par-4 and in the 250 range. Big hitters will want to and have a go at it by lashing the driver or three-wood, but the green is small, elevated, and protected by left-side bunker. All of which means you’ll have to hit is just about dead straight to make it a one-shotter.

Both par-threes at CHGC, measuring in the 160’s, are decent enough, although the third felt a touch more challenging. Its green elevated significantly, the third offers no piece-of-cake tee shot.

Of the five-pars, the better was the eighth—at least that was my impression from a first play. Its fairway woodsy on both sides, the eighth hole’s drive must be put in play if you have any hope of reaching the green in two. From the landing area, you’ll find the putting surface, tucked away behind some low trees leftward, only partially in view. This makes for a tempting target; but your approach shot must be well-lofted to scale the trees and to miss the left frontal bunker. The eighth is still challenging as a three-shotter. Considering the premium put on accuracy at eight, it plays as the course’s toughest hole. The longer fourth is interesting for its blind drive over an imposing hill, but the two mature trees (one in the fairway, the other the left rough) will discourage those who want to shortcut the hole down the left side. Each one definitely makes a statement.

The best hole, I thought, was the closing ninth. A fine driving hole, this 376-yard four-par encourages you to hit to the canted fairway’s left center to play the bounce correctly. On that left side, however, are woods, so the shot will need precision. Luckily for me, there’s also a bit of room in the left rough before one’s Titleist finds the trees, as I pulled my drive somewhat. Hit too much to the right side and an unfavorable bounce may lead to tree troubles (see photo). Similarly, your approach here will also benefit from a favorable leftward bounce from the greenside slopes, and, by coming in from the left, also prevent any encounter with the gaping right-side bunker. The ninth’s undulating green demands some putting skill, as well.

So Copper Hill serves up three or four occasions where extra-careful play will be advantageous, though overall I felt my enthusiasm ebbing and flowing when playing this pleasant nine-holer. The greens, for their part, have interesting surfaces, and most were set above grade. Yet the bunkering around them is used occasionally to create a strategic focus (as at nine), and in general it could use more variety and imagination.

Conditioning was average on the greens and generally around them (most notably, the greenside bunkers stood out as well cared-for). I found that they ran a bit on the slow side and could be bumpy. The rough on a few holes appeared not to have been cut for a while. Most, but not all, of the fairways suffered from weak to poor conditioning, partly because they were somewhat burned out. Granted, Connecticut has experienced a hot and dry stretch this summer. Doubtless the course will be better this fall—and coming spring.

Copper Hill was an enjoyable jaunt around these nine on my first play here. I liked being able to bang away with driver here without too much fear; I liked the bucolic and relaxed setting, and I liked the smooth pace my threesome enjoyed when playing these nine today. It was also briskly busy here, as the course is a good value, and, when walking 18, an excellent one.

Other notes, opinions, and comments:
A) My two playing partners, whom I was grouped with by chance, were both friendly and unusually witty. We had much in common and to talk about; they share my profession. Their banter made the round extraordinarily fun. It was clear that they also both like playing Copper Hill.
B) Copper Hill enjoys substantial league play in the late-afternoons.
C) This club is set in an interesting part of the state. It may only be less than 10 minutes from Bradley Airport, but it still feels quite remote and secluded, especially because population density is low. It’s a nice drive to the club through the woods, and I understand bear sightings are not infrequent in this neck of it.
D) Just down the road is Old New-Gate Prison (quite the oxymoron) & Copper Mine, whose prison ruins looked eerie even from the road. It’s a “historical place” museum that’s temporarily closed. It may not have the fearsomeness or gravity of Alcatraz, which I saw a few years ago, but I think it would still make for a fascinating visit.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Today

Weather was good and the course was in nice shape. Tee boxes need work.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

First time played this year

Pro shop staff sarcastically said ( for hot deal ) you're here to play for free. Twosome & Foursome ahead
made no effort to let play through. Greens are aerated
and sandy, Course is poorly kept up. Played this course
just a one time for the year. Don't plan on returning.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 45
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Walked

Basic golf

Great for bringing my grandson out there for his first-ever real round.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Quick 9 Holes

I was very excited to see spend the morning at Copper Hill. The rates and availability was perfect. I however did not realize there are only 9 holes. My group did not either and were saddened when we realized the round was over after the 9th green. Had we planned to play just 9 or knew that different tee boxes were going to be our only way to keep playing, our experience would have been better. Other than the course misunderstanding and the full trash bins at every hole before 11am, I would not count this place out for the rest of the season.

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

A little pricey for a 9 hole coarse

For the most part the coarse was in good shape. Some of the T boxes were beat up. Greens were in great shape. Glad to see kids guessing ages 7-14 out as a group enjoying some fun.

Overall it was a good day and beat the afternoon league

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course for us newbies.

Great course for us newbies. Had plenty of time to play without being rushed with other teams behind us.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

golf

Course was in good shape, even though it was wet from all the rain.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

JoeRookie

I thought the staff was good,the course is well maintained, and definitely a challenge for a rookie. The question I look for in a review is “Would I go back?”...DEFINITELY

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice layout

Staff and pace of play were very good. Very hot day
and drinking water stations were welcomed. Good course but a little less kept up.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Yes for a Golf Now Hot Deal price.

Worth the GolfNow Hot Deal. I tend to rate courses harshly.

Summary: I would play again for a Hot Deal price.

Staff: Very friendly & helpful. Really interested in hearing how course / experience could be improved. Not sure if they just listen or if they actually do something to improve experience (See hole #1 note below).

1) Score card font is too small to read.
2) Hole about 10" deep by foot golf flag short front of 1st green over grown with grass, they say they filled it several times but drainage opens it up, I wrenched my ankle in it, solution is to put a grate over it (IMHO).
3) Hole markers with layout non-existent and too small to read on score card.
4) Tee box markers on one hole missing.
5) Sand traps need lots of work, have not been groomed in what looked like weeks.

Course is a local's course, cheap cost, chance to get out. I played it back in the 80's. Better condition now.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course is playable.

The course is simple and not very long. Cozy atmosphere. Greens roll nice. Very relaxing.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 15-19
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
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Spectacular course

Was in town visiting friends and decided to play a quick round. The course was in spectacular shape! It was an enjoyable round. The tee boxes, fairways, and greens were well maintained. The owners were extremely personable. The 10th hole(The Grill)was a bonus with live music on a newly constructed outdoor patio. I will be back! Don't miss this gem of a course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 55
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

A nice, homey course

I immediately had the feeling that this course is a laid back version of a more expensive private club . What courses have a horse shoe pit next to the club house? Texas, maybe. What courses have foot golf? None that I know of. And, what is foot golf anyway? Well, basically it’s like golf but without clubs and small balls. Soccer balls are used and alternate tee boxes are integrated on every hole. There is no green, only a hole about 24” wide set nearby the regular green. I’ve never seen it before but there’s even a league that plays at Copper Hill. It does not disrupt the regular play. One person was playing as we were finishing up. Please don’t get turned off by the foot golf. I don’t know the details but I’m sure foot golf is reserved for special times.
The conditions on the course were great: immaculate tee boxes, lush fairways, just cut greens and soft/full sand traps. A week of rain then warm temperatures really helped improve all courses in the area. Yes, there were a few bare spots but with less than an month into the growing season Copper Hill looked real good. Although a nine hole course, playing it twice and using a different set of tees, gives the player an altered perspective on many holes. The rates are very, very reasonable (ask for their specials) and getting a tee time was a breeze. It’s a very walkable course if you want the exercise.

Its length from the four sets of tees is 3039-2737-2548-2331. There are 2 par 5’s, 5 par 4’s and 2 par 3’s. From the blue tees the longest par 5 is 473 yard and the shortest 3 is 176 yards. The fairways are very wide and mostly flat with intimidating, small ponds, all right off the tees on four holes. The greens were slightly undulating, cut just right and the pin placements were fair and reasonable. The gravel cart path could use more gravel but I expect that to happen as the season moves forward.

There is a compact pro shop, a comfortable bar with good, inexpensive food and patio dining. The staff was extremely friendly.
The course is easy to find, as it is off I-91the off route 20 west of Bradley International Airport. It’s a great place to play a quick round under nice conditions. I'd play this course again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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