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Conditions
3.8
Value
3.9
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.1
85.7%
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3.8
39 Reviews (39)
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Conditions
3.6
Value
3.6
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
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3.9
58 Reviews (58)
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Conditions
3.8
Value
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Layout
4.2
Pace
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Amenities
4.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 6725 yards
Slope 133
Rating 72.7

Lyman Orchards is a popular Connecticut destination most known for the nearly 100 varieties of pick-your-own fruit but it also offers two championship 18-hole golf courses and a nine-hole course. One of the longer courses was designed by Gary Player and the other by Robert Trent Jones. Lyman Orchards' Player Course is a seemingly mild 6,600 yards from the tips but don't let the yardage fool you, this layout is a tough but fair test. There are over 30 bunkers strategically placed along the small greens and deciduous trees and beautiful white pines line the fairways. Routed through the orchards across gently rolling hills, the golf course is as scenic as it is challenging. The terrain provides the course with plenty of ups and downs, as well as great views, especially on the 11th and 13th holes.

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Course Details

Year Built 1994
Architect Gary Player (1994)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Lyman Orchards Golf Academy"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.0
302 Reviews (302)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 18
Forced Carries 16
Thick Rough 12
This course/club is great for:
Playing Multiple Courses 12
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 12
A Weekend Splurge 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 16
In the 'Burbs 8

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Nice course

We were warned that it was a tough golf course to walk in though we heated the warning we found it OK just that some of the walks in between holes was pretty long. T
The only other drawback is that a lot of the roofs were extremely tall and long and much too challenging for the average golfer.
The course was in great shape and we definitely would come back and play it again in the near future

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Poorly managed and a waste of time!

Played my last round at Lyman. What a disaster! Whoever manages this course should be fired. No driving range on a Tuesday because they do "work on it". Another employee tells us "the ball dispensing machine doesn't work". We then have the same issue on an extraordinarily busy saturday. STILL no driving range.

And let's just make playing there EVEN worse....

I get having cart-path-only after some rain. But by 1 pm, 90% of the holes on the Player course were easily drivable. And the carts are all updated via some wifi to restrict their access to the course. Maybe lazy manager/superintendent guy can drive the course to open up most of the holes so we don't have to endure a 5 hour and 30 minute round. PLUS they let the rough grow so long that all the players hitting into the rough on the other side from the cart path have to walk across, then walk up and down looking for their ball wasting even more time.

This course is so poorly managed. There are far better places to play in CT.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Needs Some Work

The cart paths are becoming downright dangerous and need to be re-paved throughout. Also, someone should trim back the branches and foliage overhanging on the paths. The tee boxes also need some serious attention. Its not worth $75-85 per round in its current state.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Thanks but no thanks, Gary

Not quite worth the price paid. 2/3's of the course are blind shots. I'm talking tee shots AND second shots from the middle of the fairway on par 4's. The course wasn't in great condition. Not even close in comparison with the Jones course on the same facility.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course

Good course with a couple really screwy holes, #8 is pathetic from blue and black tees. Course in Good shape but greens too slow for my liking. Played on Saturday afternoon 3pm not very busy and pace of play was excellent. Good fun!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Lyman Orchard Player Course

The routing on this course is suspect. So many blind shots on the first nine and criss-crossing all around to get from 2 to 3, 5 to 6, 13 to 14, makes your head spin. If you like “Quirky” then, this course is for you. The greens were excellent and the fairways in good condition. The staff were awesome, the pro shop and restaurant were good.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/03/2021

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Lyman Orchard Players Course.

Fairways and greens were very good, Tee boxes were not good at all.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/03/2021

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Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

THE ROUGH

To all those who are complaining about the rough……stop hitting your ball in there. Brilliant!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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Commented on 09/03/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 48
Handicap 15-19
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 Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/28/2021

Thank you for playing and thank you for your review!

Played On
Reviews 36
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Whitney walking

Great round with two nice guys. Fun day and we will be back for another round soon.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/03/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 36
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Lyman Player

First time playing this course. Many blind holes that made this a challenge. Fun course to try again. Greens are in nice shape.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 07/28/2021

Thank you for playing and thank you for your review. Hope to see you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Round

Third time out, great track, great staff, a few “unfair” holes but fun

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/28/2021

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Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0

Player

Love the layout . Greens very slow . rough was ridiculous thick and like that on most holes . Couldn’t even see the ball . The holes with Rough cut had way too many grass clippings . Realize we had a lot of rain but never seen the course in this bad shape in a long time . Also the cart paths need work . So much potential .

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/03/2021

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Rough is brutal

Never seen rough so long. 0 chance of finding your ball unless you hit the tiny fairways. Would not recommend this course unless your hitting the fairway every time. Otherwise greens were in good shape and pretty challenging course

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/03/2021

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

Gary Player screwed up a perfectly good apple orchard

Good conditions especially the greens but they should be a lot faster. What is the deal with hole #8, pathetic design, need to shave hill on the entire right side so balls roll back to fairway. Best comment I heard on golf course design was "Gary Player screwed up a perfectly good apple orchard!"

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/03/2021

Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging course

The Player's course is not for the golfer who can't control his shots. Shot placement is crucial. The greens are very fast and the pin placements are often difficult to reach. If you enjoy a challenge this course is for you.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/03/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Cart path only!

It was not cart path only when I booked the tee time! When we arrived we were not made aware of the conditions until we teed off.It was very difficult to walk on the hills especially considering I have knee issues . It’s a fairly difficult course with a lot of blind tee shots even without the cart only conditions. The rough was very long because of the recent wet weather and next to impossible to get out of. I quit after 9 which was over 2 1/2 hours. The views, however, were beautiful!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/03/2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you back soon.

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