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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.1
85.5%
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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
427 Reviews (427)

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 313
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Autumn Play at the Player

On a fine autumn day this afternoon, I enjoyed playing this challenging track once again. As my previous reviews have detailed, the Player Course puts a premium on good ball-striking. And there are still plenty of trials and tribulations that await you around the greens if you misplay approach shots by too much.

I’ve seen an improvement, overall, in course conditions since playing here last time. The fairways were very good, greens good (they’d been aerated, but some time ago), and greenside areas fine as a rule. Only some of the roughs and some tees were in average condition. Bunkers could also use a little work, but—let’s face it–most courses are not putting the full court press on conditioning in late October.

All in all, a fine day at Lyman. The scenery is a terrific bonus here.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 45
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Skip the Player course, Jones is much better value

Played the Player course the day after playing the Jones course. Surprised to find Player was 33% cheaper when making tee time, though the reason became clear very quickly.

Player course has sustained damage from the very wet season with rot/disease causing sparse areas on the fringe around most greens and many of the tee boxes. The poor conditions were exacerbated by the lack of maintanence of the forced carry natural areas on the front 9. The fairway could not been seen from the third tee due to overgrown vegetation leaving us to wonder whether the group in front had cleared the fairway, same issue exists on the 5th hole approach shots. Tee shots on the 14th hole were effected by the close proximity of the tee to the vegetation.
The rough was thick & lush though populated with crab grass in several areas, greens were slow & covered with unrepaired pitch marks. All bunkers had not been raked and featured firm compacted sand.

Overall our 4some was left with the distinct impression the Player course does not receive the same TLC as the Jones course. The conditions combined with the peculiar layout of the Player course made for a very unsatisfying experience. Recommend you skip this one...

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Lyman

Nice course. Need to cut some trees on 3 and 5. Can’t really see the fairway or green from the tee. Few cart paths need paving and shrubs trimmed away from path. Rough very thick and hard to find the ball, cart path only and not that wet. Lots of potential

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course but!

For the beginning of the season the greens and fairways were in great shape. The downfalls are, to much visible garage on the edges of the cart paths from disrespectful people! Plenty of garbage cans on the course. Also the cart paths themselves could use some work. All being said, it was a nice challenging course!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Cart path only

The course was in good condition but soft so they had cart path only rule. Most of their cart paths are a good distance from fairways so play time increases. They heavily overbooked course and ran out of carts. Poor planning!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 9
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
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 22
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 56
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in good shape for this time of year. Still wet in spots and cart path only can make for a long day . Can get some good deals using tee time or golf now.
Restaurant & bar are closed at this time for renovation. Bummer because one reason I go here is they have a nice selection of draft beer.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 22
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 178
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great winter golf

Everything you would expect on a cold day in February. Course was very playable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
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 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 178
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Winter golf in CT

It’s Winter golf in CT. Wet but no fault of the course. Cart path only but it is just nice they have the course open for play… January 21, how nice is it just to play. So much better than indoor virtual golf.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Too Slow Can't Finish

The day I played, I was hoping to play 18 holes. They apparently had zero open tee times withheld by the course, to offset a frost delay. So, the course was still affected by it after Noon. I booked a tee time before 1pm, thinking a four hour round would have me finishing about 5pm. I didn't finish no.9 until 4pm and was told by dome members that the course calls carts back in at 4:30pm. So much for 18. I left. The tees on several holes were almost impossible to access due to severely wet ground. The course should put down some pavers or something so golfers don't risk their neck trying to walk from cart path to tee. Especially white tees on no.8.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 178
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day to play winter golf

Crowded due to the holiday but Greg did an awesome job getting us all out on the course !!!! Course was wet but playable. Pace was slow as expected. Felt great to play some winter golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Winter golf at its worst

Paying full price for winter golf is ridiculous.
Course was under water and should have been closed.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 79
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 79
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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