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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6787 yards
Slope 127
Rating 72.4

Blackledge Country Club is home to two championship golf courses that are both known as some of the best golf in the greater Hartford area. Opened in 1963, Anderson Glen is known as the "Old Course" while Gilead Highlands, opened in 2000, is known as the "New Course." The older course has a more traditional layout but it is just as challenging. The golf course sprawls across acres of lush countryside, providing plenty of trees and water hazards. There are some elevation changes that can cause uneven lies as well as some undulation in the greens and fairways. The 13th is a particularly notable par 3 for its scenery but also its level of difficulty. Although the downhill tee shot will only require a short iron there is trouble all around in the form of protective bunkers and a pond.

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Course Details

Year Built 1964

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Golf Simulator Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Connecticut (2018 #4)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in New England (2015 #19)

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4.3
221 Reviews (221)

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The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 33
Patio Dining 24
19th Hole Specials 16
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Bunkers 35
Elevation Changes 23
Water Hazards 23
This course/club is great for:
Locals 34
Playing Multiple Courses 31
Seniors 24
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 33
Worth the Drive 29
Convenient to the City 13

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Playable in the Midst of Winter

Today we played Anderson Glen’s front side, and while enjoying amazing weather for January (bright sunshine; 61 degrees) excepting the gusty winds, we found the course fairly playable. As expected, though, the rough was muddy in places and the greens slow and bumpy. Fairway lies were respectable—surprisingly. It is the first-rate layout, however, that always commands attention here, especially in light of a pair of terrific holes: three and four.

Blackledge’s front nine is notable for its variety, as each hole boasts a unique character. Every par-4, for example, possesses a different set of challenges. The 2nd doglegs left downhill to a small, relatively tame green; conversely, the 7th ascends rapidly uphill, gently doglegging to a large but strongly canted surface. The third features a pair of forced carries. At hole five, where you’ll be hoping your game is in full flow, the fairway simply drops downhill—then up—but your approach will likely be blind to a green protected on both sides by big bunkers. It will be this fifth, along with the straightforward first hole, that should present the most realistic birdie opportunities among these par-4s.

Also of great importance at Anderson’s Glen are some standout holes, the first of which is hole three, the no. 1 index. This is not a strategic affair; it is more psychological than anything. The tee shot on this long par-4 presents a forced carry that most golfers can easily make, presuming the right set of tees is chosen for one’s skills. Fronting the landing zone, however, is the hole’s first of two ponds, which happens to be a large and daunting looking one. If that is not unsettling enough, then there is the fairway itself, hemmed in by the pond in the foreground, woods on both sides, and—just to make us ponder a little more—the second pond at the far end of the landing zone. What we are aiming at, then, is essentially a square piece of fairway. In actuality, this fairway is generous enough, but its proportions—along with the tall trees surrounding it—have the effect of making it look smaller than it is. It’s right out of the Dye or Trent Jones playbook: pure visual intimidation. And if you have a nagging slice or hook in your bag, fairway three may look even smaller. The hole stays true to form on the approach: another menacing view follows—this time of the green sitting on the other side of pond number two. A seven-iron or so away is a visibly pitched green that is well-protected by large mounds and gaping traps.

The clever fourth hole, an elegant but tough (no. 3 index) par five of 518 yards, best reflects the design virtues of architects Geoffrey Cornish and William G. Robinson. All the way to the green and around it, the rising and tumbling terrain looks, if anything, Scottish (minus, of course, the gorse). But the hole’s real brilliance lies in its strategic value. The left side of the fairway’s landing zone is entirely tree-lined and marked a hazard. Careful players will most often hit, then, down the right hand side, populated by only a few trees and entirely sided by a less-threatening but large series of hills, its long ridgeline running all the way to the green. On the second shot especially, these hills may be used judiciously as a sideboard that may often funnel slightly rightward misses back onto the fairway. The option of going straight at the green poses big risks, considering the rapid fall-off into the woods that looms on the left side.

The fourth may be played as a two-shotter, but the approach must be almost laser-straight for those who dare fly the ball directly onto the green, or perhaps run it on—very carefully. On the green itself, you will do well to two-putt when outside of thirty feet.

There is still another wrinkle in the masterfully-designed fourth that betrays its architects’ serious concern for detail. The safe route rightward still poses challenges: miss on this side excessively, especially up on top the ridgeline, and things become dicey on any third shot into the green. Even from 100 yards and in, the steep pitch down the hill is complicated by an awkward angle of approach (and may be further compromised by plentiful fairway bunkers embedded devilishly into the hilltops). The end result is that from here it is all too easy to miss or overshoot the green—where what follows in the way of recovery may likely be unpleasant.
There may be a better par-5 in Connecticut than the fourth at Blackledge, but nothing comes to mind readily.

We enjoyed our nine-hole tour, despite the conditions, for which management should be blameless with little time to do reconditioning after what now may become a brief re-opening. Even on a winter day in Connecticut, Blackledge remains a great test of ball-striking (at least) and of strategy. Small wonder it was a destination today for golf addicts experiencing cabin fever. The parking lot was virtually overflowing, clear testament to this course’s drawing power. While Blackledge does not merit an unqualified ‘play’ recommendation now, it will when spring rolls back in—for real.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Play if Your in the Area

Recently played the course with the Safari Club and enjoyed the experience. Several holes were challenging which made the experience better. Course was in great condition Tee to Green with a helpful and friendly staff.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent and challenging course

Played here for the first time with the Safari Club on 8/21. Very enjoyable experience! Course was in excellent condition throughout. Challenging layout. Staff was very well organized and accommodated all of our needs. Looking forward to returning next year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

EVERYTHING you'd want in golf!

The Safari Club of Golf played here on August 21. It was our inaugural trip to this fantastic layout with well over one-hundred of our members in attendance.

We were extremely impressed with everything about this golf course. The staff is exceptional and among the most accommodating we’ve experienced in all our years of traveling to 25 or better golf courses each season.

Blackledge is truly a “golfer’s” type facility and dedicated to that service. With two 18-hole championship courses they’re equipped and ready to handle almost anything.

We plan on returning again next season as our members all unanimously fell in love with the place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

8:45am 8/18/2019

Probably about an hour fog delay today. Course is in very good shape. Here is the frustrating thing about golf, if you wish to rush then you need to play like 6am. We all pay a decent amount of money to play (it's not cheap), so I'm not in any rush, I will enjoy being out in the open on a nice day! With that said there was a foursome in front of us that had the pace a little backed up (didn't bother me), but the frustration of the foursome behind me was quite annoying, because I have never seen the ranger so much in one round!!
That was a bit frustrating.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

One of Northern Connecticut's Finest Venues

.Geoffrey Cornish, a Canadian-born architect and the late designer of Blackledge CC, planned more golf courses in New England than any other architect. Having won numerous, national awards in the field of golf architecture, he can be called one of the greats in this field of the 20th century, though I would still call him a bit underrated by the golfing public, who mainly think more readily of names like Ross and Dye, MacKenzie and Trent Jones when they think of ‘great’ architects. But I will venture to assert that Cornish’s work stands up, quite nicely, to that of these other luminaries.

The Anderson’s Glen Course at Blackledge, which Cornish created along with William F. Robison in 1963, is a complete, burly, and often difficult test of precision golf. It slopes at 127 from the championship tees. I have to look long and hard to find a better public course east of the Connecticut river in this north/northeast section of our state; among the ones I’ve played, only the Donald Ross-created Shennecossett equals (not betters) Anderson’s Glen.

The strength of Anderson’s Glen lies in its array of outstanding par-4’s. Take the third, for instance: a 404-yarder from the blues, it demands a drive over a large pond to a wood-lined fairway, then a solid mid-iron, typically, to a strongly contoured green requiring talent with the flat stick. If you miss this green, surrounded as it is by hummocks and other uneven terrain, you’d best be equally talented with a wedge. The front nine has other strong par-fours, namely 2, 5, and 7, all of which have significant elevation changes and tricky greens. The back nine, however, has the course’s finest four-pars, especially number eleven, an uphill 429 yard monster where a carefully-placed drive is a must, as eleven’s green is optimally approached from its frontal opening, an opening flanked by massive bunkers. And if you have a longer club in your hand for this approach, these bunkers will be genuinely intimidating. They’re worse when you find yourself in one of them. Is this the golf course’s best hole? Hmmmm, hard to say—with so many holes of similar challenge. Preceding the eleventh hole is the another gem, the downhill, gently-doglegging, and shorter tenth, highlighted by its splendidly sloping green (moving uphill, front to back) that may cause you to hit the three-putt panic button should you be any distance above the hole. Holes 14 and 15 provide another one-two punch; at 384 and 388 yards, respectively, they are stout enough to encourage you to draw driver from the bag, yet they also need some finesse and precision on both the drive and approach.

The par-fives are all solid at this course, yet the two longer ones stand out. The imposing 499-yard #4 will be three-shotter for most, in which your drive is threatened by left-side woods and scattered trees, rightward, while the second must dodge massive, Scottish-style mounds containing, on top, embedded bunkers. The heavily rolling fairway looks spectacular; it is also a switchback fairway, so negotiating the angles on shots one and two is critical. The third, likely to be a wedge to a canted green, will definitely demand care, and you’ll need to follow up with more cautious work: a smaller putting surface in the shape of a narrow, lengthy oval, will test your prowess on greenside chips/pitches, or curving putts, or both. This hole reflects the attention to detail that goes into all of the par-fives at Anderson’s Glen (also called “The Old Course” here), but hole twelve also stands out, a 491 downhill—yet straightaway—hole (the fairway tilts left to right to add interest) that is definitely reachable with a powerful drive. But expect to be in the fairway here if you prefer a clear shot to the double-bunkered green.

To round things out, let’s talk par threes. Among the two best holes on the course are eight and sixteen, both long one-shotters that will require a hybrid or long iron (Do they still exist?) or possibly a 5 to 6-iron for those who are aspiring tour pros. Eight is uphill with a pair of fronting bunkers, meant mainly to catch a truly missed shot, while the downhill sixteenth is better defended by three menacing greenside traps that will gorge themselves on more subtly missed approaches. Woe is you when you miss this green.

What is also remarkable about Anderson’s Glen is the outstanding conditioning this course receives. When I used to play this course regularly in the early 2000’s as a member of the men’s club, Blackledge’s overall conditioning was fine, but not this good. Today, the rough was quite playable, though it could be punishing in places; the fairways, bunkers, tees and greens were all superb; even the interstitial areas between holes seemed well-conditioned! And, while it’s not Augusta National, Blackledge probably ranks among the best-conditioned public courses in Connecticut, and I haven’t experienced a better manicured track that I can recall, over the last five years and among multiple states. The conditions are truly ‘country club;’ the only types of places I’ve played that exceeded this standard were very fancy ones, such as Jack Nicklaus’ Grand Cypress in Orlando or Cog Hill #4 in Chicago-land, the former long-time home of the Western Open. For those who are conditioning fanatics (I am not, actually), this is your golf course!

What was unremarkable about the course was negative service in the bar. It would be unprofitable to cover the tedious details what happened here as we were trying, merely, to pick up a few items we had ordered ahead at the turn, and most readers probably won’t be interested, but suffice it to say that our round was unnecessarily delayed, and for no good reason (in my estimation). So the good walk was spoiled, as Mark Twain was popularly alleged to have said (but did not). Oh, well; this form of pettiness won’t keep me from coming back to Blackledge—though next time I’ll visit only the golf courses.

On the other hand, the pro shop radiated a much sunnier atmosphere, where John Martinchek, a staff Professional, was engaging and very friendly, as we talked about changes in the courses, made after I had played here regularly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Gilead

Played gilead today staff person did not have carts ready had a bit of an attitude. Very mediocre Mark Mungeum design. Most of course was cart path only due to curbs along cart paths. Do not play if you have ambulatory issues I had handicap flag but it was basically useless. Greens were decent however
I will not return

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Check before you pay and play.

Check before you pay and play. The course was recently aerated and in recovery mode. I was unaware of that and I would’ve gone somewhere else.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/26/2018

Sorry about the aerated greens. It's been a tough summer for golf courses with all the rain and then all the humidity. We aerated the greens in an attempt to help loosen the soil below and allow them to drain better. A necessary process. That being said anytime we aerate, we try to be upfront with our customers when they book about the conditions. There does come a time though when we believe the greens are rolling good enough and the affect of the aeration is more visual than anything else. When they get to that point we do not bother letting everyone know unless they ask.

Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Always a pleasure...

...to play Andersen's Glen. It's certainly not the toughest track in the central CT area; however, it is a lot of fun to play. Staff is always friendly. Pace of play was fantastic (a 4:10 round on a Saturday morning is pretty much unheard of these days!).

Two minor suggestions:
The course's website is really good, so they should use it to report when aeration is taking place Luckily, they used small tines when they aerated earlier in the week, so the greens weren't bad at all...but still.

Put "real" cups on the the practice greens (maybe on one of the two, at least). This is just my pet peeve, but c'mon, it really doesn't wreak that much havoc, does it?

If you haven't yet played either of Blackledge's tracks , what are you waiting for?

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always Terrific

I play all over the country 60+ times a year, but always get in 2 or 3 rounds a year at Blackledge. The course is always in good shape, value priced and with 36 holes you can almost get any time you need, assuming there isn’t a tournament or a busy weekend.

Played here on 8/7 and the greens were immaculate and lush, fairways perfect and the rough exactly what you expect in a CT course.

For anyone that hasn’t played here, do it! If you are a regular, I know you hate my review but you wouldn’t argue my points, and surely agree.

I love Blackledge. Keep up the great work staff!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice round of golf & reasonably priced

I have played this course a few times each year. This was my first round playing the Andeson Glen Course and I was plaesantly surprised that the course was in such good condition, From tee to green, the course played well. The greens were moderately fast and true. Most of the bunkers were clean, full and recently raked, but a few of them had stones and needwd attention. I had an early tee tine, and finished the round in 3 hours. This is a 36 hole course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Sloooooow

Play here many times a season. Always enjoy the round. Five hours to play 18 is too long though.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/14/2018

Chuck -
Sorry your round was so slow! That was an unusual day and I know our ranger was working hard to speed a few slow groups that were affecting the pace for everyone. Please try us again!
Kevin

Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course!

Beautiful course! Excellent upkeep! Friendly staff! Challenging but forgiving course with some blind greens! Highly recommend!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging Layout

There aren't many easy holes here. I lost my concentration a couple of times and both times it resulted in a triple bogey. Lots of elevation changes, too. I'll be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day of golf!!

Got to play with 2 Men’s Club Members today. What a great day of golf.
The staff is great !
Course was on very good shape considering the tough spring weather.
Will def return !!!!

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