Blackledge Country Club - Gilead Highlands

4.2776941176 4.3 stars from 5 (147)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6537 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 71.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Accepted

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 147 Reviews
5 stars:
51
4 stars:
74
3 stars:
19
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

137 out of 147 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for locals playing multiple courses advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes water hazards   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole specials  

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"Party of 3"


BridgestoneTony's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Always a Good Walk!"


b11dmalo's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/21/2017
Previously played Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course and value."


triompo's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great New England course"


u000007965737's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Experience"


Brianwelz's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Anderson course has great track"


e601084's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Winter play at Blackridge"


Confesor1970's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great experience"


cskapoor's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course with excellent staff


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good Course, Worth a Visit"


dgsmith09's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"nice course"


paull52's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Features"


marflo501's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


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


"Fathers day weekend round"


u000006227617's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great price; good condition"


u000006200773's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun Course"


Golfcricket's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


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


"Eli"


u000006150266's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"+A great deal on a fun course."


rayging's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Two very nice courses!"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/17/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a cold but sunny day. Met with friends that are avid golfers and we all thought the course was in very good shape. The greens were as good as could be for mid November. Nice choice to meet since there are two 18 hole courses here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Condition"


Greg1782481's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in perfect condition. A perfect way to spend a beautiful Fall day


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"New Favorite Course"


ChrisBeloff's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really enjoy playing Gilead Highlands at Blackledge. It has a private course feel, and the conditions are excellent. No two holes are even remotely similar, so there is no boredom here. From the first hole to the last, this is a truly enjoyable golf experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great for earlybirds"


m298453's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice facility course in top condition for the area with our drought conditions. Lush fairways and consistent greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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