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Value
4.5
Layout
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4.0
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3.7
Amenities
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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Style Executive
Par 30
Length 1769 yards
Slope 95
Rating 29.0
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Miner Hills Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1994
Architect John S. Ott

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted None
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.7
75 Reviews (75)

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This course/club is great for:
Locals 8
Beginners 6
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 6

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Reviews 262
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

Good Golf; Pleasant Fall Scenery

As an executive course, Miner Hills may be pigeonholed into the category of practice or warm-up course. But this is a genuine golf layout, requiring planning and strategy to play well. Take the second hole, a relatively short par-3 playing downhill from a high tee to a green bunkered in the back. The strategy may be to bounce the ball onto the putting surface, or to fly it in with a higher shot, but either way the hidden rear trap must be avoided at all costs. The fifth, a longer par-3, is an even tougher version of the second, though the trap is set to the right with a big dropoff (to a place where recovery is exceptionally difficult) to boot. Good, well-played shots are required, not repetitive driving range training. Yet another excellent par-3 comes at the ninth, requiring your best short-iron into an elevated, very well guarded green perched on a knoll.

The trio of par-4’s, while not particularly hard by conventional standards, still have obstacles to avoid or overcome: water (at the third), a tight fairway (at four), or a steep and awkward uphill trek to the seventh green, enhanced further by a two-tiered green.

The course is well-kept, and the greens have become faster and smoother–from my observation–over the past year or so. The clubhouse, not fancy, is serviceable, and a driving range is available. During the summer, the course is beautified by various plantings and floral gardens.

It’s a nice place so spend an hour or so during your “executive” round, as it was for me this autumn afternoon. Miner Hills is also an excellent venue for aspiring golfers or beginners who still want a realistic challenge.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 262
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

Well-Planned Executive Nine

On the outskirts of Middletown, just off I-91 and a 16-mile jaunt down the highway from Hartford, lies Miner Hills Golf Course, a short track set among sharply rolling hills and in the sort of countryside mostly dedicated to farming.

Although the idea still exists that typical executive courses are dull affairs that lack challenging golf holes, nearly all of the exec tracks I’ve played in Connecticut belie this misconception, and Miner Hills is a prime example. The layout here exploits its prominent and steep slopes–the foundation of its challenge–and sprinkles in hidden bunkers, deep greenside falloffs, canted greens, a dogleg and road hole, and plenty of encroaching woods, all of which may help to quickly pile strokes onto your scorecard.

The first par-3, its tee below the clubhouse, tumbles downhill to a green defended well by a big right-side falloff. Then comes a bit sterner test at the second, another three-par plunging down over steeper terrain, followed by the first of three drive-and-pitch par-4’s. Given this fairly tame trio of openers, players can get off to a nice start given reasonably decent shots. At the fourth hole, though, the margin for error narrows and the game is on over the remaining six.

Good Stuff on this Layout:

NEAT PAR-3
Fifth, 173 yards.
Pulling or pushing the tee shot means a run-in with a tree. Ideally, play the bounce from the green’s left-side embankment. Leaving the ball in front of the green leaves diabolical up-and-down,even though you’re only chipping.

TIGHT PAR-4
Fourth, 253 yards
Both strategic (if you wish to bounce tee-shot off embankment on right) and a possible birdie opportunity, but a laser straight drive helps.

PURE CHALLENGE
Seventh, Par-4, 260
Well-hit drive is a must; a small target follows–to a two-tiered green–on the second shot. The 260 yards play more like 330.

VIEWS
Enjoy the views from the second tee and behind the seventh green, or as you walk off the ninth in springtime.

CONDITIONING IMPROVEMENTS
Since playing here early last August, when the greens were a shade below medium speed, they seemed to have sped up to above-average speeds today, and also putted smoothly. It seems that maintenance has eliminated, as well, a few unnecessary trees.

SOME CONCLUSIONS: The countryside views alone, whether from the high ridge at the north end of the property or through the course’s lower, woodland stretch, are a big bonus here. Combine that with a friendly staff and good service, a well-kept property and amenities like a driving range and putting green, a sense of quiet seclusion and quick accessibility from the highway, and Miner Hills’ value is hard to beat.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Cheap course for the family

Good for the family, children to learn the game. Course doesn’t accept online tee time reservations

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

A great afternoon

Course is hilly but fun! Was in good shape and made for an enjoyable, picturesque fall afternoon.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course was better than I expected staff is friendly can’t say much more but I will come back to the course I liked it a lot

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Monday Golf

Nice round!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good to practice your short game but that is ALL

Tee boxes were just mud with no grass,, greens were badly wet and no one fixed their marks, cups were extremely worn, as if no one moved them for weeks. Poor maintenance all around. Golf carts were horribly sad and out dated. No club house however people working there were nice. I think they had to be....

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 262
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
Perfect weather
Walked

Honest Challenge in the Countryside

This solid executive course in Middletown should satisfy anyone who wants to play a nine in less than two hours while enjoying some suitable challenges along with pretty countryside vistas.

I’ve reviewed this a couple of times previously, so, here are five highlights for the uninitiated:

1) True to its name, Miner Hills is built into a couple of hillsides, which, though not huge, aren’t ‘minor’ either. This leaves good terrain for golf, but even more energy (and resistance to pars) comes from tree-lined fairways (a few of them narrow), well-placed bunkers, medium to smallish greens, a creek alongside the third, and enough problems around these putting surfaces to keep things lively. Your game will be challenged.

2) Hole seven, I would say, is the star attraction, a short but rugged four-par that climbs straight up the property’s central hillside. It’s a road hole that also features a couple of bunkers in the vicinity of the green, which is two-tiered and unlikely to be a barrel of laughs when your threesome or foursome is putting it.

3) Two other strong holes are the back-to-back duo of five and six, both par-3’s that play medium and long, respectively. The fifth green is the tougher of the two.

4) The rest of the holes are all good ones, and the routing gives you enough variety, contrast, and hole types--including three par-4’s--to hit most of the clubs in your bag if you wish. No pushover if you hope to shoot par, this track will also test your short game.

5) The environs are pleasant, scenic, and surprisingly quiet, given that you’re only what seems about a half mile from I-91. The woods are so dense, however, that I heard no sound from the highway whatsoever. Another plus is the attractive combination of both wild and cultivated flowers that appear around the layout.

I observed very good conditions around the course today. The greens were a bit faster than last time, falling just shy of medium speed. All things considered, this has to be called an excellent value.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Course, Great Price

8am tee time, got in a little early and was able to get on the course right away. This was my first time here. I got to play by myself which I enjoyed. Great course, great conditions and well maintained. Many paths but it flows in a direction that makes sense. Had a great time and it was priced well. Can’t wait to go back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Deal Ideal for Beginners

This is a fun little execution course. Its ideal for beginners or to work on your iron play. Great value for your money.
Only suggested is update the carts.
Very walkable only 7th hole is straight uphill.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Family operated stillworks

Clean course ,simple layout,short game test. Had two holes where you can use a wood.No#7 best hole on course.various distances on the par threes
My only drawback would be hey should change the driving markers more frequently so your not hitting off bald areas..Well worth the money paid.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging

For a par three course very challenging greens were fast but smooth each hole had an element of incline weather will be up or downhill your chipping skills and putting skills were put to the test it was a beautiful and enjoyable round

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Excellent value for the money

While the course itself is on the shorter side (there are no par five holes), it was still an enjoyable and challenging experience.

What the course lacks in length, it makes up for in difficulty. Holes often require the player to execute a specific strategy in order to reach the green in regulation.

Once on the green, the player is rarely presented with a straight putt, which replaces some of the challenge lost by the shorter hole length.

All in all, the staff was extremely friendly and the course was in good condition. I would happily return in the future.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great little course

The course plays at a par 30 for nine holes. Fairways and greens were in excellent shape. The only problems were the tee boxes ( uneven) and no coffee! But a great little 9 hole course! Plus the price was right! $23 w/cart!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

9 holes worth playing through

Fun course and reasonably priced to play through for 18 holes , challenging but great practice for your irons and putter as the holes aren’t that long. Highly recommend

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 44
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Little Course

This is a very challenging 9 hole course that is in excellent spring condition. Has something for everyone and fun to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Gem of a course!

First time playing here. Really well maintained. Pretty course with some challenging holes. Played after the rain, so the course was wet, but in great shape. Definitely will play her again!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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