A fall view over the water of green at Ranch Golf Club
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
95.5%
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4.7
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4.9
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7174 yards
Slope 139
Rating 75.0
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The Ranch Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 2001
Fairways Providence, Putter, Imperial and Southshore Bentgrass
Greens L-93, G-2, and A-4 Bentgrass
Golf Season High Season: 06/01 - 10/14
Architect Damian Pascuzzo (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes - 20 grass stations
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Bathing attire, cut off shorts, halter-tops, tube tops, tank tops, and similar types of recreational wear are not considered proper dress on the golf course.

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Beverage Carts

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms

Accolades

Reviews

4.7
315 Reviews (315)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 23
Patio Dining 21
Dinner 11
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 42
Bunkers 38
Forced Carries 26
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 32
Advanced Golfers 30
A Weekend Splurge 25
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 37
In the 'Burbs 23
Near the Airport 6

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Reviews 187
Handicap 0-4
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5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Walked

An Adventure out on the Ranch

I was fairly well sold on the Ranch before I even drove into its parking lot. This is one of those courses that you can get a wide-frame look at while approaching: some four holes are visible from the adjacent Sunnyside Road before you’ve reached the entrance. Any attempt to describe this panoramic view, however, really can’t do full justice to the sheer beauty of this layout, nor can photos. There is no substitute for setting foot on the property, and all the more so because the experience of playing this challenging and extraordinarily well-designed course should be, for most golfers, heady stuff.

The first three holes play across open, rolling terrain; four of the back side holes revert to the links-like style. This lends the course a welcome variety, because a small majority of the holes has a distinct woodland feel. The fourth, for example, is a stern par-4 running directly uphill, its fairway a well-bunkered avenue between tall trees.

It is, in fact, these long-playing or uphill par-4’s that can potentially do the most damage to your scorecard. Along with the fourth, that includes the 3rd, 7th, 10th, 11th, 14th, and 18th, all of which require precision (if you’re to stay out of trouble) as well as length to succeed. Even the shorter par-4’s, by virtue of their excellent green complexes, can create headaches if your approach shots miss their marks.

The par-threes range from 195-209, but only the water-guarded seventeen seems lethal. The back-nine five-pars will be genuine three-shotters for the vast majority of players. On the front-side, however, you may be able to take a crack at reaching the putting surfaces at the first and ninth in two, provided your tee shots are strong and straight. But unless you’re a power hitter, the approach shots will be risk-reward opportunities.

The holes I liked best on this first play were bookends, 1 and 18:

Most interesting hole: The first, 510 yards, par-5, named “Old Hickory.”
This great opener, flanked by a pair of expansive ponds on the left, has a huge double-fairway bisected by a humongous (hickory, I’m assuming) tree. The fairway’s right side, no picnic either, is lined by patches of snarling, deep rough. Not far from the green, the water edges into play on the left, and a prodigious, raised bunker protects the green’s right side. One mistake at the first hole may spiral quickly into a double-bogey start.

Best Hole: The last, 438-yards, par-4, dubbed “Overlook.”
What a finisher! Eighteen presents an inviting fairway from the tee, but take care not to drift too far right, where your ball will be slapped by a stone wall. The second shot, though, is key: the green is set in a small basin well below the fairway’s upper landing zone. Problem areas surround the green, so a fine approach will pay dividends. Aesthetically, this hole is also a gem.

I enjoyed my round here, as well, having hooked up with three amiable and personable playing partners from Hartford (initials C., S. and L.); we all had a very good time together.

Some Conclusions:
Damian Pascuzzo, clearly a thinking-person’s architect, is responsible for the design of The Ranch GC, which is now 20 years old. Golfweek ranks it number three among the top ten public-access courses in Massachusetts, where the competition is formidable. The conditioning, by the way, is first-rate here. With five sets of tees, and every hole a hardy one, I would recommend this course to any golfer. For those who appreciate long vistas of the Massachusetts countryside, with classic-looking golf holes rolling along boldly in the foreground, the Ranch Golf Club delivers a major bonus.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 221
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Virginia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing

A Solid Course All Around

The Ranch offers a good challenge, some fun holes, a great staff, and a decent value for a daily fee course.

The course itself is situated on a great piece of land and takes advantage of the elevation changes and offers some great views. It’s a shame many of those views are spoiled by the ever-increasing number of houses built up against the course property. In fact the 15th green must have been a magical place before its majestic view of the valley below was interrupted by the new homes.

Conditions are good, but not perfect. I was expecting faster greens for this time of year but they were on the slow side and didn’t seem very consistent from one green to another. That said, putts rolled true and the rest of the course was well looked after. I appreciated that they seemed to not over-water the fairways which had plenty of roll to them.

The staff makes a strong effort to be polite, informative, and accommodating and I very much appreciated the sight of a ranger on the course, though pace was still far from brisk. My foursome finished in about 4:55.

The course isn’t overly difficult but you won’t easily shoot a low score here and really have to plan your aggressive shots. Overall I’d definitely come back for another round, though perhaps not worth the 2-hour drive each way.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slow play

There were a few holes I was stuck behind two groups of players at the same tee box waiting over 25 minutes. It is a nice course but was torture waiting to hit in between holes!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Amazing Golf Course

I have played this course a few years ago and that's why I booked it again! The fairways and greens are well kept. Ask anyone who has played this track over the summer, what their favorite hole is and you will get very different answers. From the uphill approach shots to the long downhill launches you will not be disappointed!!!!
I will definitely play here again... I will be bringing my daughter here soon to show her what an upscale course should play like!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 52
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Return after 2 years

It's been 2 years since playing here due to the pandemic and the fact I live on the west coast. It was great to come back the course was in great condition and I managed the best round I've had on this layout. The course has a lot of challenging holes where tee shot placement is important. Even though there has been a lot of rain this year. The fairways were excellent, although I didn't the roll out that I'd ordinarily get. But that was ok, since it was in great shape. Also, finished the 18 holes in under 4 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Ranch meets expectation

Paid about double usual fee for the corses I play but worth the extra. Great fun fast green challenging pins. If you expect to score the same as your home course don’t. Just have fun with the fast green and experience the professional feel. Just a blast

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course Maintenance

Before picking a tee time TV off should advise customers that Course Maintenance is being done

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Nice track

Fun course. Nice piece of land. Very pretty. Front is tougher than the back. Good use of hills and nice range.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

US Open Course

Can't be walked. Blind shots. Ridiculous rough (no first-cut, straight into gnarly 4+ inches). Silly fast greens with slope that would otherwise be challenging and fun. It's a public course with tournament setup. Bring you A-game or else, and if you don't have an A-game, go somewhere with a reasonable test of golf.

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