Black Birch Golf Club

3.3663529412 3.4 stars from 5 (84)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6158 yards
  • Slope: 118
  • Rating: 68.9
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Men 72 6158 yards 68.9 118
Senior 72 5488 yards N/A N/A
Ladies 74 4924 yards 70.8 121

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 84 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
33
3 stars:
27
2 stars:
14
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

69 out of 84 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs   Challenges include bunkers   Great for drinks  

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Reviews


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u893653165's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



teetimetony's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in poor condition. No defined fairways Balls hard to find even when hit in the area where the fairways should be. But the greens were in great condition. Played this course 2 years ago and the conditions have gotten worse. Won’t see me playing this course anytime soon.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"getting better"


sgtsatan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course quite a few times over the years. It has gone through years of neglect and now the new owner and ground personnel have improved the conditions significantly, though the clover made it difficult to find the ball in the fairway/rough . Worth trying again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Rural Golf Course"


robertdecarlo60's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my second round of golf at Black Birch Golf Course within a week. I was looking for a quick round at a reasonable price and noticed the Hot Deal. Although I had a few dissapointments playing here a few days ago, today’s round went smoothly. The tees, fairways and greens were cut and in good condition. There was a lot of signage on the course, and it was readible and informative. There were still quite a few areas under repair, but the fairway divits and tee box skids were filled and repaired. The front 9 holes played well, but the back 9 holes are in need of attention. The staff is very friendly and helpful. If you like playing in a rural country setting, you will enjoy a round of golf at Black Birch.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Friendly staff. Good value."


robertdecarlo60's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the second round of golf played at Black Birch Golf Club this season. I had a mid-day tee time, and arrived on time. The course was busy and there were no available carts. We waited 30 minutes for a group to return, then started our round. Pace of play was average for a weekend. The tee boxes and fairways needed attention. Turf was long, and many areas under repair. Not the condition I was expecting for a weekend round. The greens were cut, but slower than my last round of golf that I played there. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. It is a good value for beginner or less seasoned golfers.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Getting better all the time!"


u000007414474's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is getting much better. A few years ago it was just about unplayable but since they hired a new greens keeper you can see the improvements. Don’t expect a posh country club but a great value in south eastern ct. Also, very friendly staff!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Black Birch"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

course was in good spring condition, would not recommend walking


Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice rural course in country setting"


robertdecarlo60's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has a nice rural country setting. The tee boxes, fairways and greens were in good shape for this early in the season. The bunkers were in need of attention and repair. My wife and I were pleasanntly greeted by Keith, who was very friendly and accommodating. I normally play at this course a few rounds per year, and it is an exxcellent value for the average golfer. The club house also maintains a snack bar for lucnh and serves lunch.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"banner dump"


oakland15's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I thought I was playing at the town dump

Banner dump


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/03/2018

I play this course a few times per year, and it has shown improvement the last few years. It is not a course for low handicap players, but the price per round is great.



Roberta9818702's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



bobobereski's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Getting better"


timothyduntz's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the course over the years and it was lacking but NOW it is playable. Better then i expected. Greens were slow but what do you want for 14 bucks. I was impressed enough and will play again. Hopefully it will get better and better.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Much Improved"


rontre's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Have been playing here at least four or five times a season for five years and the course condition has improved ten fold.

The 13th and 14 holes are now fun to play and hard. The effort is really showing.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great day of golf!!!!!"


Algolf2016's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Weather was excellent and we had a great game of golf. Pace was just right, we let a single player go ahead of us at one point but that is to be expected. We be back soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Worth the drive"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

After the back and forth layout of the first few holes, the rest of the course has a nice layout. No irrigation in the fairways so during periods of dry weather, you can get bad lies in the fairway. The greens are well kept and soft. Have a beer in the clubhouse afterwards, the staff is very friendly. Great value!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



farbotka's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

course has improve a great deal since we last played.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Uneven Layout in Poor Condition"


markfromm's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course website lists Donald J Ross as the designer, but I could find no evidence of his style here. I suspect the first nine was built in 1923 as part of the development of a "weekend getaway" resort in this hilly area about 35 miles from Hartford. The first four holes are extremely boring [down and back up the same ridge twice]. The next five are slightly better, except for the 8th, which is the worst par five I've seen in 60 years of golf.

The second nine is more recent and somewhat more competently designed and money has clearly been spent to improve the drainage. There is apparently no budget for fertilizer and herbicide as the fairway grass, what there is of it, is thin and is rapidly being overhauled by crabgrass and clover. The greens are decent and the traps did have some sand. There is a driving range [mostly crabgrass] for irons only and a tiny practice putting green. The buildings are well kept and the staff friendly. The carts were clean and well maintained. I did not eat at the dining facility. I doubt I will be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



u9355052's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the reviews I read ahead of time this course was worth a try. The course is a great price and yes I can see they are trying to improve the conditions. Things don't happen over night. If your looking to get some swings in for a reasonable price then this is the course to play. For one it helps you ( the golfer) improve their game and it also helps the course to get golfers try their course for a reasonable price. Nice staff! Go out and grip it and rip it!

Enjoy!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun LAYOUT"


jrobigolf's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun to play. You will use every club. Elevation changes keeps you on your toes selecting the right club. Greed rolled well


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



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