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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Par 36
Length 3039 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Course Details

Year Built 1952
Architect Allen Bissette

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes

Policies

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

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3.6
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Reviews 187
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4.0
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Connecticut Advisor
Previously Played
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Wet Conditions; Good Golf

A few comments:
--After heavy rains over the first half of July, this course was a bit waterlogged in places (especially between one and nine, and off the second tee) but still playable. Considering that several area courses were closed today, that’s an achievement.
--Good conditioning continues to improve further, though there is still a way to go in a few areas of the course. Greens were excellent.
--Should be a good measure of how well you play the game because the difficulty is somewhere in the average range: no excuses for a weak or poor score. It’s not too long and wide enough on most fairways, but the elevated greens (on nearly every hole) and their rolling contours supply sufficient challenges. Variety is strong enough for a nine-holer, and the atmosphere here is secluded and pleasant.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 187
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

Smooth Layout in the Country

Copper Hill isn’t the sort of layout where you’ll need cool nerve as you attempt to fly every third shot over a water hazard or swamp or abyss. While it does induce some stresses, they’re milder. And while there are a few water hazards and wetlands (in which I saw families of turtles and heard the chorus of scores of frogs) they demand no 200-yard forced carries. I consider that a good thing, truer to the roots of the game.

Here about half the course has an unspoiled quality; no sign of civilization appears on these solitary holes. A few fairways, however, are lined by houses on one side or end at a road. Overall the airy country setting offers a sense of isolation, especially because the routing meanders unpredictably, taking you into both open, field-like areas and secluded wooded settings.

A few stunning holes highlight the course’s rolling--yet not rugged--terrain. One of them is the fourth, a par-5 sporting an uphill drive over the crest of a large hill. Further down its fairway are two towering, distinctive trees located smack in the middle of the fairway (about 100 yards from the green). But it’s a hole that gives me pause: I still feel unsure how to play it. Today I went down the fairway’s right side, which panned out fairly well. Veer too far left, though, and the twin towers may obstruct your next shot.

The going gets tough on this layout when you miss a green in the wrong area. Usually that means you’re down a small hill or bank from where a pitch must be hit over the steep slope. And most of these greens are elevated well above grade. Still, with predominantly straight holes, an absence of sharp doglegs, modest length, and generous fairways, Copper Hill may be appreciated by golfers across the ability spectrum.

Three Hard Holes:
The par-threes demand a lot of the heavy work among these nine; only the par-5 eight seems like heavier work. Both three-pars (three and six) have greens sitting atop small rises. They’re also long enough to require mid-irons or hybrids, unless you’re a bomber. Eight is a tight, tough hole, a 459-yard five-par, that doesn’t relinquish its grip until you’re in the cup. This is the most angular hole on the course, but unfortunately strategic play is limited a bit here, as the threat is too strong from the surrounding, dense woods to take big risks. The green is well-protected, small, perched, and tilted.

A Joy to Play:
The seventh caught my eye from its back tee (which wasn’t open the first time I played here). This par-4 is spacious, wide, scenic, and field-like. It encourages the use of driver and has a beautiful view of marshland directly in front of the tee, then a glimpse of a strip of fairway in the distance.

CONDITIONING: The improvements over last summer are nearly radical; I could see them even at a first glance from the road. The fairways, formerly burnt out over large swaths, are now lush and green. The only weakness here is still the rough, which was patchy in places. Tees and greens were very good. The latter are actually cut properly to medium speed, because modern, sophisticated cutting techniques will render tight-cut, vintage greens with larger slopes too speedy; they were, in fact, designed for mid-20th century mowers. (Note: I’m loosely paraphrasing Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan, author of “Golf Course Architecture,” 1996, who cites 2% slopes as the maximum, in general, for modern greens)

A Couple of Conclusions: Copper Hill is fair and, sloping at 114, of average difficulty: If your game doesn’t crack at any point, a good score is well within reach. After enjoying the nine at CH on this sunny spring afternoon, my level of expectancy is high for returning soon and having some more fun here. The clubhouse has also been greatly refurbished to good effect since my visit last August; the restaurant looks like a winner.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Course

Best I’ve seen this course. It gets better and better each time I come here and play. A little wet due to all the rain lately and a lot of work being done to improve the course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 187
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 25 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

Pleasant Parkland Layout in East Granby

A mostly tree-lined affair set out in the country, Copper Hill is nearly 70 years old and offers a typical brand of parkland experience. The terrain rolls comfortably without extremes and the layout fits the traditional style of American 1950’s golf, although some minor updates, I’m guessing, have been made.

More specifically, one might sum up Cooper Hill Golf Club as short, straightforward, relatively level overall, and mostly tree-lined at its holes’ peripheries. But it’s not tight: many of the holes present an open feel, and you’ll have to stray moderately or even greatly from most of these fairways to find trouble (the exception is the eighth). Nearly all of the greens are bunkered, most often with a single trap. The four short 4-pars here should allow us the opportunity to put several pars on the scorecard, given a good wedge game and decent putting. The first hole, for example, should be a routine GIR for better players, though its green is well-contoured, while the second has a pitched green that is slightly harder to hit.

The fifth adds some drama here, as the shortest par-4 and in the 250 range. Big hitters will want to and have a go at it by lashing the driver or three-wood, but the green is small, elevated, and protected by left-side bunker. All of which means you’ll have to hit is just about dead straight to make it a one-shotter.

Both par-threes at CHGC, measuring in the 160’s, are decent enough, although the third felt a touch more challenging. Its green elevated significantly, the third offers no piece-of-cake tee shot.

Of the five-pars, the better was the eighth—at least that was my impression from a first play. Its fairway woodsy on both sides, the eighth hole’s drive must be put in play if you have any hope of reaching the green in two. From the landing area, you’ll find the putting surface, tucked away behind some low trees leftward, only partially in view. This makes for a tempting target; but your approach shot must be well-lofted to scale the trees and to miss the left frontal bunker. The eighth is still challenging as a three-shotter. Considering the premium put on accuracy at eight, it plays as the course’s toughest hole. The longer fourth is interesting for its blind drive over an imposing hill, but the two mature trees (one in the fairway, the other the left rough) will discourage those who want to shortcut the hole down the left side. Each one definitely makes a statement.

The best hole, I thought, was the closing ninth. A fine driving hole, this 376-yard four-par encourages you to hit to the canted fairway’s left center to play the bounce correctly. On that left side, however, are woods, so the shot will need precision. Luckily for me, there’s also a bit of room in the left rough before one’s Titleist finds the trees, as I pulled my drive somewhat. Hit too much to the right side and an unfavorable bounce may lead to tree troubles (see photo). Similarly, your approach here will also benefit from a favorable leftward bounce from the greenside slopes, and, by coming in from the left, also prevent any encounter with the gaping right-side bunker. The ninth’s undulating green demands some putting skill, as well.

So Copper Hill serves up three or four occasions where extra-careful play will be advantageous, though overall I felt my enthusiasm ebbing and flowing when playing this pleasant nine-holer. The greens, for their part, have interesting surfaces, and most were set above grade. Yet the bunkering around them is used occasionally to create a strategic focus (as at nine), and in general it could use more variety and imagination.

Conditioning was average on the greens and generally around them (most notably, the greenside bunkers stood out as well cared-for). I found that they ran a bit on the slow side and could be bumpy. The rough on a few holes appeared not to have been cut for a while. Most, but not all, of the fairways suffered from weak to poor conditioning, partly because they were somewhat burned out. Granted, Connecticut has experienced a hot and dry stretch this summer. Doubtless the course will be better this fall—and coming spring.

Copper Hill was an enjoyable jaunt around these nine on my first play here. I liked being able to bang away with driver here without too much fear; I liked the bucolic and relaxed setting, and I liked the smooth pace my threesome enjoyed when playing these nine today. It was also briskly busy here, as the course is a good value, and, when walking 18, an excellent one.

Other notes, opinions, and comments:
A) My two playing partners, whom I was grouped with by chance, were both friendly and unusually witty. We had much in common and to talk about; they share my profession. Their banter made the round extraordinarily fun. It was clear that they also both like playing Copper Hill.
B) Copper Hill enjoys substantial league play in the late-afternoons.
C) This club is set in an interesting part of the state. It may only be less than 10 minutes from Bradley Airport, but it still feels quite remote and secluded, especially because population density is low. It’s a nice drive to the club through the woods, and I understand bear sightings are not infrequent in this neck of it.
D) Just down the road is Old New-Gate Prison (quite the oxymoron) & Copper Mine, whose prison ruins looked eerie even from the road. It’s a “historical place” museum that’s temporarily closed. It may not have the fearsomeness or gravity of Alcatraz, which I saw a few years ago, but I think it would still make for a fascinating visit.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Today

Weather was good and the course was in nice shape. Tee boxes need work.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

First time played this year

Pro shop staff sarcastically said ( for hot deal ) you're here to play for free. Twosome & Foursome ahead
made no effort to let play through. Greens are aerated
and sandy, Course is poorly kept up. Played this course
just a one time for the year. Don't plan on returning.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 45
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Walked

Basic golf

Great for bringing my grandson out there for his first-ever real round.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Quick 9 Holes

I was very excited to see spend the morning at Copper Hill. The rates and availability was perfect. I however did not realize there are only 9 holes. My group did not either and were saddened when we realized the round was over after the 9th green. Had we planned to play just 9 or knew that different tee boxes were going to be our only way to keep playing, our experience would have been better. Other than the course misunderstanding and the full trash bins at every hole before 11am, I would not count this place out for the rest of the season.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A little pricey for a 9 hole coarse

For the most part the coarse was in good shape. Some of the T boxes were beat up. Greens were in great shape. Glad to see kids guessing ages 7-14 out as a group enjoying some fun.

Overall it was a good day and beat the afternoon league

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course for us newbies.

Great course for us newbies. Had plenty of time to play without being rushed with other teams behind us.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

golf

Course was in good shape, even though it was wet from all the rain.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

JoeRookie

I thought the staff was good,the course is well maintained, and definitely a challenge for a rookie. The question I look for in a review is “Would I go back?”...DEFINITELY

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice layout

Staff and pace of play were very good. Very hot day
and drinking water stations were welcomed. Good course but a little less kept up.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Yes for a Golf Now Hot Deal price.

Worth the GolfNow Hot Deal. I tend to rate courses harshly.

Summary: I would play again for a Hot Deal price.

Staff: Very friendly & helpful. Really interested in hearing how course / experience could be improved. Not sure if they just listen or if they actually do something to improve experience (See hole #1 note below).

1) Score card font is too small to read.
2) Hole about 10" deep by foot golf flag short front of 1st green over grown with grass, they say they filled it several times but drainage opens it up, I wrenched my ankle in it, solution is to put a grate over it (IMHO).
3) Hole markers with layout non-existent and too small to read on score card.
4) Tee box markers on one hole missing.
5) Sand traps need lots of work, have not been groomed in what looked like weeks.

Course is a local's course, cheap cost, chance to get out. I played it back in the 80's. Better condition now.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course is playable.

The course is simple and not very long. Cozy atmosphere. Greens roll nice. Very relaxing.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Spectacular course

Was in town visiting friends and decided to play a quick round. The course was in spectacular shape! It was an enjoyable round. The tee boxes, fairways, and greens were well maintained. The owners were extremely personable. The 10th hole(The Grill)was a bonus with live music on a newly constructed outdoor patio. I will be back! Don't miss this gem of a course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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