Blackledge Country Club - Gilead Highlands
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.
|Blue/Middle (W)||72||6129 yards||73.4||130|
|White/Middle (W)||72||5714 yards||73.4||130|
|Red/Forward (W)||72||4951 yards||69.2||122|
|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|
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good value for the money. course in fine shape with plenty of cold drinking water on a hot day.
Conditions where wet due to the crap spring but Course was in good shape all things considered. Played each of the two back 9’s from tips
The crowd here is diverse for sure and the course could definitely benefit from a ranger
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Winter play at Blackridge
The greens were in great shape and the fairways were sound.
Nice course with excellent staff
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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.
Great price; good condition
Course was in good shape and provided a solid pace of play with mediocre difficulty level layout.