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4.1
185 Reviews (185)
5 Stars
49
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
10
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
92.7%
Recommend this course
163 out of 185 reviews
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4.2
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
12
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.1
94.1%
Recommend this course
32 out of 34 reviews
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4.2
37 Reviews (37)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.1
94.6%
Recommend this course
35 out of 37 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 71
Length 6457 yards
Slope 123
Rating 71.5
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Fairchild Wheeler Golf - Black Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1934
Fairways Rye Grass
Greens Rye Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Doug Smith

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $10
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Jeans of any style (shorts or long pants), short shorts or mini-skirts, cut offs, tank tops, dew rags, bathing suits or mens and boys shirts without a collar are NOT permitted.

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.1
185 Reviews (185)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 15
Bunkers 8
Plays Long 7
This course/club is great for:
Locals 11
Playing Multiple Courses 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 7
In the 'Burbs 7

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Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Black Course Challenge

Always like playing the Black course. A little more challenging than the Red.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Great Course but questionable practices

The course itself is very nice and well kept. Nobody in my group would complain about the course maintenance, but would complain about the pace of play for a twilight tee time. Considering it gets dark around 5 now, a tee time at 3:12 should comfortably get you through 7-8 holes, but because of the no carts after 3 rule, we were stuck behind some very slow players who were struggling to walk the course. We were trying to race in order to finish as many holes as we could, but each time we finished a hole the next group was just getting to the tee box of the next hole, so we only got 6 holes in in 2 hours when the pace of play should have been faster than usual.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/10/2020

u314159294935, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Fairchild Wheeler BLACK course, not RED.

Let's be honest.......it's not incredibly well-groomed or in phenomenal shape, but it shouldn't be! After all, it's a municipal golf course, but it's a course with a nice layout,
some challenging holes and it's priced appropriately.
What more could you really want, or expect?

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Can’t beat it

For the price you cannot beat this two course layout! Each course has its challenges all while providing scenic views! Thankful for this gem.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/08/2020

Hi, Christophe2407389. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great layout, great scenery

I brought my friend and my son to play the Black course for the first time. A perfect fall day and the course was in wonderful shape. I can only imagine how beautiful the foliage around the course will look like in a few weeks.

Course was easy to follow and provided a variety of shots (some blind, some dog legs, some uphill, some downhill).

The only downside was the greens seemed a little slow and bumpy.

I would love to come back and play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/08/2020

Hi, djfromal. We would love to hear more about your 4-star experience on our course. Please tell us what we can do to earn that last star, and thanks for golfing at Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/08/2020

We're glad you enjoyed your 5-star experience with us, u3750150. Please comment or reach out to our team in the golf shop to let us know more about your round!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/08/2020

Hello, RGB656B30C09C796ED24. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future. Thanks for choosing Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/14/2020

Hi brendanorr00. We would love to hear more about your positive experience at our course. Please contact us at (203) 373-5911 to share with us your favorite part of your experience with us. Thanks for golfing at Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course , decent fairways, rough was ok

They are asking too much for cart rentals $17 per player and no gps, too high for what you get, most places are $10-$12 per player for carts, but I would go back for the convience!, I guess the city of Bridgeport could care less about golfers!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/14/2020

Hi, kovachrobert. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Wheel - a solid neighborhood course

The staff could not have been better and was very focused on our safety.

The greens were fuzzy but in good condition.

The fairways were in good shape given the amount of play the course gets.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/14/2020

Thank you for your review, jlparisi58. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good Golf Course

Was pleasantly surprised. Liked the layout, fairways were decent, greens slower than expected. Traps actually had soft sand... Pins did not have sponge fillers to mitigate COVID-19 transmission. Need to improve hole signage on Black from 9th hole to the 10th.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/14/2020

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences, u3765221. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good experience

Played in the middle of the week, in the middle of the day and it was still under four hours. Nice course. Well worth the money. Nice snack bar.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/14/2020

Your feedback is important to us, u314159672814. Thank you for sharing your 5-star experience. We look forward to seeing you again at the course soon! Thanks for choosing Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice layout. Good overall experience

Really enjoyed playing here today. Less than four hour round. Old course, nice layout. Looking forward to playing here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/24/2020

Thank you for your review, u314159672814. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout

The course at this time is laid out very well, pin placement has been challenging and fun. The greens are awful however. Not well cared for and bumpy.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/10/2020

Hi u782409119. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Fairchild Wheeler is lucky to have a decently kept course in the black, so kudos to the maintenance staff for fairways and solid greens. However, the Pro Shop staff here is ridiculously unprofessional. Consisting of several different people handling transactions, I have heard of and witnessed extremely contentious encounters where staff is blatantly rude to paying customers for absolutely no good reason; there is no desire to work with customers or display any hospitality whatsoever, and was seen yet again this weekend. This is clearly a reflection of the management, who has also shown they don’t want to be bothered with and leave these situations/decisions to inexperienced staff. I have heard similar experiences from many others that have played here and this is enough to not return to the course.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
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Commented on 08/10/2020

Hello. Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for your experience during your round. This is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game. We are glad to know you consider the course one of your favorites, and we will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/10/2020

Hi gcbecattini. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/24/2020

u7130327, we want to hear more about your experience with us! Please call us at (203) 373-5911. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 07/24/2020

Hi u456480948. We would love to hear more about your positive experience at our course. Please contact us at (203) 373-5911 to share with us your favorite part of your experience with us. Thanks for golfing at Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Confrontational staff

Superintendent of the course confronted us inappropriately and unexpectedly. Hose was left right off the green on hole 14. Disappointed because I usually love the course, but today just wasn’t it fam.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 07/24/2020

Hello, u314159947225. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. Thank you for choosing Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. We can't wait to earn those last two stars next time!

Played On
Reviews 50
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Wet weather
Walked

Doing fine

The greens were in very good shape but a little slow. The fairways were ok but some areas were burnt. Overall, a good day out.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/06/2020

Hi cgooddc. We would love to hear more about your positive experience at our course. Please contact us at (203) 373-5911 to share with us your favorite part of your experience with us. Thanks for golfing at Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course!

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