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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.5
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.7
88.6%
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4.4
60 Reviews (60)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.5
Layout
4.4
Pace
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Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
90.0%
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4.3
66 Reviews (66)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.5
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
89.4%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6389 yards
Slope 124
Rating 70.9
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Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1993
Golf Season Seasonal
Architect Joe Kelly (1993) Al Zachorous (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.2
164 Reviews (164)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
19th Hole Scenic Views 8
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 18
Narrow Fairways 13
Undulating Greens 9
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 15
Advanced Golfers 7
Locals 7
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 9
Worth the Drive 8

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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice time

Course was great- was in great condition- always enjoy the challenging holes on the course-

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good condition!

The course was playing very scoreable today, because the bounces weren’t so crazy that a slightly pulled shot would fall off a cliff or roll down a hill. I’m an 11 handicap and shot 82, so I was pleased. Keep it soft and the rough nice and grown before the elevation drop-offs!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Having fun with friends

Just another Saturday at Quarry Ridge Golf Course. We play here almost evt weekend. The course is in perfect condition and the staff is really friendly to me a d my friend's.plus the price is great. I would recommend this place to all the golfers out there. The food here is also great. You gotta eat something after your round is done!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
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 Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Risk reward

Greens are mostly smooth and true. Some ball marks to navigate. Fun course with reachable PAR 4s and 5s depending on wind direction with punishable overly ambitious shots. Play it conservatively for a good score or go for it on 4s and 5s. Fun layout. Play it more than once.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

fun time

got paired up w/3 others...fun group...course was challenging enough for our level...average...I have played there before so knew what to expect...definitely not a walking course...lots of hills and distance from hole to hole could be exhausting for some...for the money 29 golf now...worth the trip...will play again. Friendly staff...course kept nice, fairways good condition, greens readable and puttable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 104
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

High Quality Golf with Drama

Few Connecticut golf courses will get your pulse racing as does Quarry Ridge. From hole 6 onward, the holes rise and fall, twisting and turning and tumbling like no place I’ve played golf. The falloffs on the sides and back of greens can be severe in places. On top of that, you’ve got to deal with the massive rock outcroppings, should some of your shots—directed in their vicinities—take a turn or bounce for the worse.

Even an outstanding Perry Dye Course I’ve recently played in Hawaii, set 2,000 feet above sea level in the wilds of the Big Island, is not quite a match for this. For pure intensity, for all-out drama, Quarry Ridge is a must-play.

It’s also worthwhile for the quality of its prime layout. There are no bad or dull holes here, though some may have you gnashing your teeth a bit. The sixth and seventh have few rivals for both their views and their jaw-dropping elevation changes. Both are highly difficult. And the back-nine somehow ups the ante by its constant stream of varied and thrilling shots. Quarry Ridge may be compared, mainly by analogy, to a smaller-scale version of Bethpage Red on Long Island. I played the Red quite some time ago, but found it to be a somewhat toned-down version of the iconic Black, if still extremely tough. Here in Portland, the problems and the difficulties will jump up to bite you, especially when you’re not on top of your game.

And shortness is a good thing at Quarry Ridge—it plays 6,300 yards from it championship tees—having been designed into the course deliberately because of the number of narrow fairways (my count is five really tight ones) and extreme elevation changes on several holes. The championship tees, by the way, did not appear well worn today.

Green design is also excellent, with no two putting surfaces alike, and virtually every one of them featuring any combination of distinct ridges and crowns, depressions and undulations. Also challenging around these will be pitching and chipping; today, I was forced to hit several high pitches and lobs, some of them difficult to control strictly because of the slopes and speed around the greens.

In good condition overall, QR still was not what I experienced last fall, when it was in excellent shape. Today, the greens were quite good and rolled at a smooth speed. Some of the fringes, however, were marred by weeds in places. Rough around the green complexes was generally good. Varying in quality were tees, rough around the fairways, and the fairways themselves, all ranging from average to good. Most of these moderate declines, I’m sure, can be blamed on the hot, dry stretch over the past three weeks. Moreover, having played a lot of golf this summer, I have seen excellent conditions on only about 30% of Connecticut golf courses—considerably lower than what is typical. It’s safe to say that QR’s high conditioning levels will return before long, with summer ending.

One other notable facet of Quarry Ridge has been the service each time I’ve played it. Several golf clubs I’ve visited recently are OK or good when it comes to this, but not enough realize the value (from everything I’ve observed) of truly high-quality service. Much of the credit for this goes to the PGA Pro here, John Lucas. When I walked in at check-in today, he was informative, friendly, polite, and helpful, and did the little, extra things to help that you don’t typically expect. On the course’s website, a Fox-61-produced video includes his commentary on the Quarry Ridge layout, but also reveals a lot about the positive attitude and character—also to be experienced in person—that Mr. Lucas exudes.

All in all, I would call this a 4 and ½ star course for now—I suppose until we get some steadier rain. But it remains one of my ‘Top Ten’ Connecticut golf courses and an outstanding value.

A) Fortunately, the quarry itself is not part of the golf proceedings, though it lingers, well fenced-in, on the fringes of holes 13 and 18.
B) Careful observance of and practices regarding Covid-19 issues.
C) You meet the nicest people playing this game. Today, I was fortunate to be grouped with three playing partners who were engaging, friendly, and serious about their golf. Great combination, and we played an enjoyable 18 together.
D) Follow the cart paths very closely when driving down some of the steepest slopes here.
E) Excellent clubhouse.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hanging out!

Just hanging out with my friends. The weather,fairways,tee box, and the greens was in perfect condition.it was a beautiful day to spend time with ur friend. Itbe golf staff Wass really friendly. I would recommend this beautiful course for everyone to come out and and play here just once.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Phew !

First time at QRGC. Couldn’t beat 29 to ride 18 holes.

The course is in great condition mostly. Some tee boxes (black) weren’t great but nothing terrible. Greens were great, fairways were good.

Super challenging. Slopes everywhere with big elevation changes, really forces you at times to hit the comfy clubs just to keep the ball in play.

DO NOT TRY AND WALK THIS COURSE. The layout is very zig-zaggy and will no doubt take 5-6 hrs to walk. (And 1500 calories burned)

Overall a good experience. Will come back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Always a Good Round at Quarry

Nice course. I like the layout and it's in great shape.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging

This course is a challenge. Most have narrow fairways. If you miss them - you’ll pay the price. Most likely a lost ball. It forces you to play well!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good time!

Today was a great day for everyone each one of us have a couple birdie along with alot of pars.the fairways and greens were in perfect condition and the ball was really rolling great today for everyone. The staff was really friendly. We really had a great day at the golf course. I really like everyone to come out at Quarry Ridge Golf course in Portland, Connecticut and play this beautiful course. The view on the course is so beautiful, I could almost guarantee you gonna kei coming back if you ce out and play. Thanks Golfnow/ Tee off!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great place, conditions a bit rough

I love this layout and location. Very challenging yet fun. The greens were very good to great. The fairways had some rough spots. Tee boxes were just OK. Bunkers were a bit tired and in need of maintenance.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A pleasure to play

I've been playing here for years and don't get to very often. I thoroughly enjoy it every time and hope to get back soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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