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4.1
630 Reviews (630)
5 Stars
208
4 Stars
231
3 Stars
101
2 Stars
50
1 Stars
40
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.0
87.3%
Recommend this course
508 out of 630 reviews
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4.1
65 Reviews (65)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
31
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.8%
Recommend this course
59 out of 65 reviews
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4.3
112 Reviews (112)
5 Stars
53
4 Stars
44
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
91.1%
Recommend this course
102 out of 112 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

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Connecticut (2022 #14)

Reviews

4.1
630 Reviews (630)

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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Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Bonus golf

Just glad they're keeping the course open. Everyone we saw were very nice 👍

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 47
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 20
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Challenging but fun

Nice course layout . very interesting and challenging course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Wet weather

Gillette ridge review

I enjoyed the course even though the weather conditions were less than desirable, misty rain and cool.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great day overall

Course was in great shape for the time of year. Would have liked on course maintenance to not have interfered with okay as workers continued in the fairways as we were attempting to hit. Would have been better if they pulled to the side and allowed play first. We teed off at 8:30 so it want as if they were trying to finish up for the day.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Interesting

We played on very warm Monday morning in November. Course was empty and we finished 18 in about 3 hours with a cart. Course was in great shape and the layout was fun. It was my first time and plan on playing again next year. Was a bit odd to see the 2 massive insurance buildings throughout the course, but better to see them than to be working in them if you ask me. I felt the par 3s from the white tees were a bit short, but not the courses fault that I chose to play from the whites instead of the blues. The young lady in the club house was very nice as was the restaurant staff. See you next year!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 29
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Course has a fantastic layout and is very challenging. Greens were punched, leaves everywhere and it took 5.5 hours.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course!

Excellent job clearing leaves. Great time. Would definitely book again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Full Disclosure

The layout for the course is very good but difficult for the average golfer. It was freshly aerated which should have been disclosed and rates significantly reduced due to condition of the course. It was putting plinko!

The staff was very friendly but not concerned with pace of play. We were on a 445 pace for a twosome in carts with 4 groups on the 16th hole when it began to rain and had to end the round early.

I would like to play here again when it is in good condition - bring lots of balls, the hazards keep sneaking up on you!

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice tract

Track is really nice , pro and staff were great
Would have given 5 stars all around but greens were punch little while ago . Not their fault
Will def go back

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Avoid

If you like 5 hour rounds and not being told about green aeration while still paying full price definitely come here! If management needs the business so badly that they can’t disclose that then maybe this course needs new management for the 4th time in the last 10 years.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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