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221 Reviews (221)
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
90.4%
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190 out of 221 reviews
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3.8
13 Reviews (13)
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Conditions
3.2
Value
3.8
Layout
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Pace
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Amenities
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4.5
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4.2
55 Reviews (55)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
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Layout
4.5
Pace
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StaffFriendliness
4.6
89.1%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7011 yards
Slope 132
Rating 73.3

Lyman Orchards in Middlefield is a favorite spot for families because of the nearly 100 varieties of pick-your-own fruit, but it's popular with golfers as well, boasting both a Robert Trent Jones-designed course and one designed by Gary Player. There is also the Apple Nine Course. Situated along the banks of the Connecticut River, the orchards provide the perfect setting for a round of golf. The Jones Course has a diverse terrain, offering dramatically rolling hills on the front nine and a back nine that is routed through woodlands and wetlands. Water comes into play on a total of seven holes on the back and there are more than 40 bunkers strategically placed along the severely sloped greens. Accurate drives and irons will be generously rewarded but it's not overly punishing for high handicappers.

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Course Details

Year Built 1969
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1969) Roger Rulewich (1969)

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

4.2
221 Reviews (221)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Thick Rough 13
Elevation Changes 10
Undulating Greens 10
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 12
Locals 10
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 10
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 11

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Lyman orchards jones course

Staff was reasonable but barely attentive. No starter no Rangers terribly slow play five some in front of me tank tops and no clue around the greens nobody fixing their ball marks I was fixing at least a half a dozen on every green fortunately I had the time to work on the greens they were just aerated as well which I wasn’t told
No water on the course to hydrate hydrate my bottle after the second hole had nothing to drink afterwards cart girl came through once on the second hole.
I’ve had some reasonable experiences there otherwise but very displeased with things. I’m about a four handicap right now early in the season played a little bit down south I think I was probably as much as eight over par on the front just couldn’t get through it right slow down on the back nine with my swing dramatically improved was only two down on the back more work to do short game always

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Reviews 20
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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It was a nice course. Greens were tough. Not sure if it was partially due to the weather or not, but overall very nice.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Needs work

I have played this course in the past and it seems they have let some of the conditions go and increased the charge to play there (luckily I got a discount via Golf now). Most of the sand traps were not raked out and there was a shortage of rakes. The greens need some attention due to some form of disease. As much as I like the course the GPS on the carts the cart would stop when heading to a ball without warning and we had to push it around 40 yards to get back to power And we were no where near a hazard or green...not fun..

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

Jones late April

Course was in nice shape and the pace of play was excellent. We will be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
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1.0
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Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Play the course often, but the course should have been closed. It was a muddy mess.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 157
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great day

Lyman’s staff did a great job getting almost 400 golfers onto the course. Course conditions were as expected.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 34
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Winter golf is expected to be lackluster

First time playing the Jones course and I loved the layout, I wished the course wasn't so wet surprised they opened it, but oh well it's winter golf just happy to be playing. I have been to some other activities at Lyman and I find it to be a first class facility. Definitely can't wait till spring to return.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 157
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Wet but great

71o day in February to play golf. Lyman’s was wet but playable. Except for holes 16, 17 & 18 “ under water “!
They graciously took $10 off our fee. Course was pretty crowded and we all had a great time.
Had lunch at the 1741 Pub & Grill for a great lunch at a great price !!!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Robert M

Highly recommend Lyman’s golf course and enjoyed the jones course at Lyman’s orchard and enjoyed my golfing experience and the amazing food at there restaurant. Definitely would go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Be a while before we go back

Played this course since it was built and never saw it in worse condition. I know the greens were aerated fairly recently, but the dandelions clover and iratic mowing were surprising. I ll go back, but not for a while. Get it together people!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Classic layout

Lyman never disappoints. For November, the course was in fantastic shape. The greens were very fast and challenging, not expected for this time of the year. Just a beautiful layout. Bunkers were fantastic shape. I was impressed. Will definitely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 211
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked

High Standards at Lyman

Back Nine Review: Although over fifty years old, the Lyman-Jones course still feels modern, with its spacious and even sprawling greens having carefully modulated mounds and side-slopes, large-scale and sometimes severe bunkers, and several holes that favor heroic play as one option.

Unlike the rolling front side, the back is flat, save for the tall hill on which it begins at tee ten--and ends at green eighteen. But architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. pulls off an excellent inward half here in nearly every respect. There are plenty of water hazards to go with the sand, and nearly every green is raised, significanltly enough, above its fairway. Your short game will get quite a workout if you’re missing them in regulation. Since one of Jones’ crusades was to devise holes that made for “hard pars," ( though “easy bogeys”), any missed shot on the way to the hole will generally mean trouble: It is then that par will become a not-very-likely prospect; scrambling and recovery is not all that straightfoward on the Jones. I’m not suggesting that this course can’t be beat; it’s just that you’ll have to earn it with consistently good shots, and it will likely take every club in the bag.

Beyond that, there are no real ‘breather holes’ on the back, no simple drive-and-pitch pushovers (unless you drive the ball 280-plus yards, and straight, with regularity). All five par-4’s are demanding to different degrees. Neither par-3 is routine, and both of their greens are well defended, with the 11th being the more dangerous if you hit a weak tee shot. Both par-5’s are hazard-lined, and you’ll need a high quality third shot to hit and hold each green.

One hole stands out just a bit from the others, in my mind: the fifteenth. This is a long 4-par that bends smoothly around a lengthy pond on its right flank, making the drive especially awkward for slicers. A push can be equally damaging. Even more than the drive, the approach must be laser-accurate into the raised green complex, well defended by bunkers to the left and rear.

Conditions were good today, if not up to the level maintained in July. Still, they were very good for November. There were too many leaves on a few of the holes and around some of the greens, but they rolled smoothly and the fairways were fully playable.

Some conclusions: This is a superior track, one of Connecticut’s best, and a course that leaves nothing to be desired: it’s playable, looks great, typically in outstanding condition, and keeps you on your toes. Jones’ hard par/easy bogey mission is fulfilled abundantly at Lyman. Plunging blindly--without a strategy--into any of these holes, whether on the outward or inward half, is certainly foolhardy. Smart golf, instead, will prevail, if you have the forethought and patience to play these holes one careful shot at a time. Having played the Jones Course many, many times, experience has borne this out for me. But some of my best golfing memories, several of them unforgettable, happened here.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 47
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 47
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Friendly Staff

Tee management was spot on, the starter was on his game. We were not hurried at all. Course conditions were perfect, weather was humid as usual this time of year. Pace of play average...finished just over 4 hours. Do not mind driving a little longer for this course, whether I play Jones or Player course I know conditions will be great,

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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