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4.0
516 Reviews (516)
5 Stars
154
4 Stars
186
3 Stars
93
2 Stars
46
1 Stars
37
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.9
84.6%
Recommend this course
404 out of 516 reviews
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3.9
94 Reviews (94)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
42
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
81.9%
Recommend this course
77 out of 94 reviews
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4.0
123 Reviews (123)
5 Stars
42
4 Stars
55
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
83.7%
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103 out of 123 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7191 yards
Slope 140
Rating 74.5

Gillette Ridge Golf Club in Bloomfield, just outside of Hartford, is an Arnold Palmer Signature course. It is one of the toughest rounds in all of New England. The course sprawls across a beautiful landscape covered with natural wetlands and forests of towering maples, oaks, and elm trees. There are strategically placed bunkers in addition to the natural challenges but they are not excessive. The wetlands come into play on almost half of the holes at Gillette Ridge Golf Club. The approaches to the greens are seemingly intimidating but as long as you don't hit short there is always bailout area on one side. Since each hole presents a unique challenge, there is not just one signature hole, but one of the most memorable holes is the par-5 second, a true risk-reward test that requires both length and accuracy.

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Course Details

Year Built 2004
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms

Reviews

4.0
516 Reviews (516)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 29
Patio Dining 22
19th Hole Scenic Views 9
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 46
Water Hazards 42
Bunkers 38
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 42
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 28
Locals 18
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 38
In the 'Burbs 27
Worth the Drive 25

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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Enjoyable

I've played this course for the third time this season and I really enjoyed every round.
I have a daughter in the area, so whenever I visit I make it a point to play here.
Excellent practice areas.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Playing time

Over 5 hours left on the 15th hole. One foursome had the entire course backed up. Other than that it’s the best course in Connecticut.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Beautiful layout

Gillette Ridge is a beautiful layout. There is a nice mix of water, bunkers, gullies and rolling terrain. The greens have significant undulations that allow a variety of pin positions. When I played the general course conditions were good but there were a few problem areas, specifically the bunkers were unraked and generally unplayable.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Good Course Layout

Have not played Gillette in over 10 years when it was in disrepair. Played Thursday, Oct. 14, play was extremely slow,
Had to wait on tees for groups ahead to tee off, wait until they cleared. We saw groups coming in on 11 and they all were saying the pace was slow.
We decided to also get rainchecks for 9.
Came back on Friday, 10/15, at 9:44, pace of play was better, but still had to wait on every shot,
Course was in good shape, fairways conditions were very good, traps saw a lot of water damage due to heavy rains prior, tees in great shape, other those hacks that don’t care.
Enjoyed the round! Shot 72 so course is in great shape!
Thanks Staff!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Sand traps need major maintenace. Back nine greens need a little work from people not fixing ball marks. Overall, course is in good shape except for the sand traps, they need major work done.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Better Options Out There..this place is a dog track

This course went bankrupt a few years ago and now has outsourced management. Supreme Golf.
The course is in disrepair. Outsource companies are famous for cutting corners. The bunkers are horrid, the greens slow and worn, and the tee boxes are beat up.

In addition Supreme Golf offers a cheap membership for $44.99 per month. This attracts the masses and slows the pace of play to a crawl.

There are several public courses within a 10 minute drive that are better; Kenney, Stanley, Rockledge, and the Pete Dye designed Wintonburry.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Pace of play was horrific. 27 minutes to play 10th hole. Got to 11th and 8 people on tee.
4 woman who took 4 shots to clear me to drive . I just gave up. Worst pace I'd ever seen here after 20 rounds. Probably won't come back. Love the course and staff. But today was a joke...
Jeff

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

Course was perfect except bunkers are all washed out had to play perfer lie in bunkers

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Hello Sand?

I haven't played here in over 5 years because the course was in horrible shape last time I played. Additionally, my electric cart ran out of charge on the second hole! The greens were rolling nicely. today but still no sand in the bunkers, no divot repair mix, no ball washers. Probably won't return.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Horrible sand traps

The course itself was in descent shape but the sand traps were in horrible shape., filled with ruts and little sand. I played this course earlier in the year and the fairways and traps were excellent. I believe the heavy rains we had this summer have contributed to the decline in conditions, but it would have take very little to at least rake out the traps to make them playable.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

One of the best in CT

Always challenging and playing the hybrid tees adds to the enjoyment. My favorite course and I have to drive over 50 minutes to get there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun day at Gillette Ridge

I first played the course about 7 years ago. The old front nine is now the back nine and the old back nine is now the front. I liked that change. I found holes 7 through 9 to be very difficult. I found some holes on the back nine to be moderately challenging. The greens were in very good shape. The only bad part of the course were the sand bunkers. They were completely washed out from a recent storm. They need some major attention. Overall, the course was fun to play. One needs to be accurate with tee and approach shots. The course is not very forgiving to those who occasionally spray the ball.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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