Blackledge Country Club - Gilead Highlands

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4.1
Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.6
Amenities
4.1
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4.0
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4.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6537
Slope 129
Rating 71.2
Type Public
Gilead Highlands, or the "New Course," joined the original golf course at Blackledge Country Club, Anderson Glen, in 2000. They share the same parkland setting but the courses are unique in character. The "Old Course" provides a more traditional round while Gilead Highlands is slightly shorter, but also a bit more challenging. The heavily wooded landscape can prove to be quite formidable and there are also a few water features that come into play throughout the golf course. The layout offers an interesting variety of holes from fun par 3s to demanding par 5s. The course begins with one of the front nine's most difficult par 4s. This dogleg right hole requires a tee shot with perfect placement to the left center of the fairway. Long hitters will enjoy this one, but be cautious of the out-of-bounds on the right.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6537 yards 71.2 129
Blue 72 6129 yards 69.3 122
White 72 5714 yards 67.6 115
Red (W) 72 4951 yards 69.7 116
Scorecard for Gilead
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship M: 71.6/131 435 157 485 320 398 383 493 160 390 3221 537 175 506 189 393 410 347 389 370 3316 6537
Back M: 69.8/121 400 147 455 305 376 356 470 157 377 3043 503 142 495 158 377 379 320 367 345 3086 6129
Middle M: 69.5/120 W: 70.1/124 369 133 436 275 359 325 455 142 366 2860 464 142 454 148 358 346 301 320 321 2854 5714
Forward M: 64.1/110 W: 69.2/122 309 133 405 255 288 285 400 131 311 2517 387 119 401 114 227 248 277 298 273 2344 4861
Handicap 5 15 3 13 7 11 1 17 9 4 18 2 16 12 6 14 8 10
Par 4 3 5 4 4 4 5 3 4 36 5 3 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 5 17 1 13 9 11 3 15 7 4 18 2 16 8 10 14 6 12

Course Details

Year Built 2000

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

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4.2
151

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 19
Patio Dining 9
19th Hole Specials 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 22
Elevation Changes 22
Water Hazards 18
This course/club is great for:
Locals 27
Playing Multiple Courses 19
Advanced Golfers 16
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 25
In the 'Burbs 19
Convenient to the City 11

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Safari outing great track !!

Overall the conditions were very good considering all the rain we had a few days earlyer.

the course was very good from tee to green ,very interesting layout no holes are the same .

depending on the tees you select this track can be a hand full and not birdies.

The staff was very helpful and friendly a return trip will be in the near future.

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

Beautiful day with a good friend

Course was in very good shape except the greens were very slow which is unusual for this track. Played in the men's club for many years so a no brainer on a nice Sunday afternoon. Pace was a little slow which unfortunately is common on weekend afternoons. Person in pro shop said they couldn't mow the greens today because of the recent weather but we had not gotten much rain in the past 24-48 hours but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Still a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Slow Play, Cart Path Restrictions

I've played Blackledge - Gilead Highlands many times and everytime I play I'm frustrated, mad and confused as to why there are cart path only restrictions on holes 4, 10, 12, 16 & 17. I can understand some restrictions when the course is wet, but not when it's dry. Having to walk from my cart to my ball, with 2-3 clubs, on these holes greatly slows up play. It was evident today (a weekday) because there were seniors ( men and women) playing. As a senior myself, I can't walk as fast as I did 20 years ago. The uphill/downhill trek from cart-to-ball-to-cart added an extra 15-30 minutes to our round, which took 5 hours despite a ranger patroling the course. I play over 30 courses each year and none have these unusual cart path restirctions that Blackledge has. I'd like to see a response from the course re: this subject.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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BCCDoO
Commented On 06/16/2018

Irex482 - The reason we have cart restrictions on those holes is so that we are able to maintain the excellent playing conditions I'm sure you are use to when playing Gilead Highlands. The way those fairways and surrounds are shaped if we did allow carts on those fairways they would wear cart paths in the playing areas. Also these fairways are bent grass fairways. Most courses don't have bent grass fairways because they are more expensive to maintain, but are superior in condition...

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Party of 3

Tee time booked for 2 - I call this party of 3 because there was a maintenance worker blowing grass clippings on every single hole....every hole we played, there he was. Super annoying - didn’t stop until the 12th hole. 12 holes of playing with a loud, obnoxious landscaping machine in front of us and then behind us. If you’re going to have the grounds maintained during the day - have them start at the end and work backwards, rather than having them bother you’re customers! Course in good condition - greens are deceiving!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather

Always a Good Walk!

The Highlands course is always a good time for golfers. We have played it numerous times this fall. Easily affordable and accessible it's a little more interesting than its partner Anderson course. The front nine is an easy walk after the opening hill on hole 1. The holes are interesting and the greens in very good shape. The back nine starts with a strange combo of par 5, 3, 5, 3 and finishes with all par 4s. It is harder to walk with a bunch of up, then down, then up holes. The greens are very good and you do have think before just pulling driver every-time out. Some of the newer holes have more interesting bunkering than the older holes.

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

Great course and value.

Greens were a bit slow but in great shape. Fairways and tee boxes very good even with all the recent rain. Strongly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Great New England course

With the tree-lined fairways and stonewalls, the Gilead Course has lots of great New England character. A fun course to play with a nice layout that keeps play interesting. It's not just about going back and forth down straight fairways. Blind doglegs, short Par-3s, hills and plenty of hidden greens for target golf. Course always in good condition. It's a fun round! Nice restaurant across the street at the Blackledge course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Experience

Recently played both the Giliead and Anderson courses at Blackledge after not having played here in years. I was pleased to find excellent conditions. Found smooth true running greens,tees and fairways that are comparable to any private club in the state.The shot quality is varied and will challenge any playing ability in a setting that is purely Connecticut. The golf was complimented by a great lunch at the Tavern. The staff was great and would highly recommend these two courses.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Anderson course has great track

I played the back 9 on June 8th. The course is in good condition considering the late spring weather. You can tell they are continuing to enhance the course and on a few holes have put in new women tee boxes on 12 & 14. The clubhouse is also seeing some changes with a new outside patio. They appear to be putting in any outside bar to augment the patio on nice summer days. Looking forward to that!

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

Winter play at Blackridge

The greens were in great shape and the fairways were sound.

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

Great experience

Nice course with excellent staff

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Good Course, Worth a Visit

Blackledge - Gilead, is the in my opinion the better of Blackledge's two courses. It is worth a visit, but there's nothing spectacular about the course, they keep the course in good condition, the pace of play is never really a problem, and the staff is plenty friendly. They've managed to cut back some growth on some holes, but they need some further maintenance, and need to consider some major tree removal. Too many holes are lost ball oblivion if your just a little wayward.

But give it a try. You can find some nice deals online. It's easily a place you can play a few times a season for good priced round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

nice course

Course is very nice, we used a golf cart and a number of holes were roped off so access from cart path to fairways was limited. Lot of walking from the golf cart, would have been better to just walk the course. Some very scenic holes and the course was a pleasure to play. Staff was very accomodating and friendly. It was a one hour drive for us but well worth it. My only complaint is no driving range.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great Features

Although the course had a great layout and mostly in good shape, the greens were extremely slow and poorly maintained as were the sand traps. The traps had not been raked that day at least. I would not go out of my way to play again!

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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BCCDoO
Commented On 07/17/2016

Marflo I'm sorry you had a bad experience. I checked our maintenance log and saw that the bunkers were raked that day (as they are every day) maybe you played early before they were done? As far as the greens go, it is a constant battle this time of year when it is hot and humid there is a fine line between keeping them healthy and a little longer vs risking their health and making them faster. Again, however, when looking at my logs I see that they were rolled and double cut the very next day after you played. I'd love for you to give us another try!

Kevin Higgins

Director of Operations

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fathers day weekend round

Good course for the price ($45). Play was slow (5hr round) prob due to volume. Rangers did not push people until it was too late. Course was in great shape. Free water at several holes. Cart was a lemon. Don't know why they have more carts on the Gilead side. Putting green had flags without holes.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great price; good condition

Course was in good shape and provided a solid pace of play with mediocre difficulty level layout.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun Course

Maybe it's early, but found that the bunkers were in bad condition and had rocks and pebbles throughout. Greens were all different colors and very difficult to read, and I'm sure that's due to the season/weather. I would definitely like to try it again and also play the Anderson course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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BCCDoO
Commented On 05/10/2016

Golfcricket thank you for your comments. You are right that the conditions you mentioned are a result of the grass starting to grow again, and rainy days. I'm sure your next time out you'll love our greens. We feel they are the best around! Look forward to seeing you back soon.

Kevin Higgins

Director of Operations

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Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Eli

Great course, can't wait to play there again. Greens were well taking care of, and fairways were great!

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

+A great deal on a fun course.

Gilead Highlands at Black Ledge CC in Hebron is one of this golfer's favorite tracks. After a substantial rain the previous night a few fairways were , as expected, a tad soggy. Got to play with two different twosomes as the first two only played nine holes. Both groups were enjoyable company and sunny weather in the 60's in March was certainly nothing to complain about.

If you haven't tried Gilead, give it a go-----you will not be disappointed.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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