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3.9
398 Reviews (398)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
25
1 Stars
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Conditions
3.7
Value
3.8
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.1
82.7%
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328 out of 398 reviews
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4.1
62 Reviews (62)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
26
3 Stars
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2 Stars
1
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3
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.3%
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3.8
91 Reviews (91)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.6
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
81.3%
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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

3.9
398 Reviews (398)

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 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Target golf

One of my go to courses in the area, great job by grounds crew on the upkeep. For the time of year course is still in great shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 12
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 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

I will never play this course in the fall again!!!

We played nine holes. The fairways were soggy, with longer then normal grass, and a lot of leaves. The rough on the sides was covered with leaves and the ball would be buried in the the grass, it was so deep. Balls were lost in the fairway because of the leaves and if you hit into the rough, forget about it! There wasn't one green that didn't have a bunch of leaves, with some greens almost completely covered. Carts were only allowed on the cart path.
I think we should have be informed of the condition of the course when we checked in with the option of a refund.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Player couse fall golf

The Player course is a very nice course to play in the fall. Picturesque to say the least. Course must have had significant rain recently because there was standing water in a number of fairways. It was cart path only which was necessary but it does slow the play. The traps had been raked and were mostly dry which means they have decent traps. Fairways were blown of leaves as well as greens. The tee boxes need a lot of work. I was disappointed that a nice course like this didn’t send someone out to fill divot’s each afternoon. Overall the course is fun to play you have to hit shots not just bomb away and the views add to the day.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Lyman October

Course was in fine shape except for the tee boxes. They were very rough.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 260
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
Wet weather
Walked

Solid Offering at Lyman

The Player is brawny and hilly, mainly tree-lined and strongly target-oriented. And target golf means you can’t stray much from most of these fairways, especially on the front side, where you may well encounter large mounds and daunting hills, woods, rows of trees, marshy bogs or other various and sundry hazards.

The hardest hole, number three, intimidates those among us who don’t routinely fly the ball 250 yards, with a gaping pit that reminds me of the infamous 16th at Merion Golf Club’s East Course. Like that hole, which may have inspired the famous architect of this design, the third’s tee shot requires a long forced carry over scrub, along with a fairly tight fairway but no bail-out to speak of. At least things settle down on the fairly flat green.

I played the front today, and here the challenges persist for the first eight holes, only to let up just a bit at the fairly routine ninth. Other standout holes include the tight, par-4 fifth, on which the fairway plunges abruptly down toward another bushy no-man’s land past the landing zone, and the dramatic, downhill 7th, a terrific par-3.

Around the greens themselves, you’ll likely be giving your pitching game more of a workout than chipping, with the added difficulty of plush and dense greenside roughs. And the bunkers can be magnetic, so a capable bunker game will preserve many a good score. For many players, the greens at the Player will probably be the only “easy” aspect of this course, but they are still fast and have plenty of subtle breaks.

Without a doubt, the Player course’s conditions have improved since I played here in the springtime, when the maintenance staff was engaged in a few significant projects. Today, despite a few flaws around the greens and fringes, along with mediocre grooming of some of these bunkers, the green complexes were in good shape and the fairways some of the best I’ve seen since summer began. Only some of the tees lagged; they could use better attention. This does seem like a course that–rightfully so–gets fairly heavy play.

Surprisingly, this is a decent walking course as long as you’re up to climbing a few hills, but also the long walk (involving a tunnel) between the bulk of the holes and the stretch across the road–the third, fourth, and fifth. Most golfers opt to take carts. Pace was only about average but service professional (as usual) in the clubhouse.

Having this much going for it, the Player offers strong value, and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a stout challenge, but also a venue with some of the most impressive scenery across Connecticut.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
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 6
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 116
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not a walking course

Was pretty disappointed because I love the Jones course. Conditions were good, scenery was enjoyable but the layout and design was pretty rough. A lot of blind shots and wild change in elevation. Some holes were a complete mystery. Miserable to walk! Sometimes 10-15 just to get to the next tee. First time playing was rough but I could see if someone knows the course well and rides it would be a lot more enjoyable.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tees and Greens

Going from one hole the next if you were to walk is a hike. Without a cart playing this course would probably take about five hours. The greens need some serious attention as they have ant hills in them. For the price the greens should not have any kind of insects on them.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Won't need your driver much

Fun but odd course. Lots of little hazards, elevation changes and doglegs. Couldn't use driver on most holes as the landing areas were too short in yardage. Rough was lush, fairways were in pretty good shape. Lots of ball marks on the greens, either un-repaired or poorly repaired. Tee boxes were pretty scarred up. Course clearly gets a lot of traffic. Overall it requires a good deal of thought and a good knowledge of your club distances.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Player Course

Loved it. Can't wait to come back. Everyone friendly...from the cashier to Starter to Ranger.
Pub food was excellent

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

Very fun features

Having played the course before would have been advantageous as, some greens and yard markers were out of visibility. The hills were a fun feature, and played a role in shot placement.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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