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Conditions
3.5
Value
3.9
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.7
79.9%
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3.6
Value
3.8
Layout
4.0
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4.2
Amenities
3.6
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4.3
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3.5
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Layout
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Pace
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Amenities
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Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6650 yards
Slope 121
Rating 72.3
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Elmridge Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Joseph Rustici

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Reviews

3.7
163 Reviews (163)

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Locals 7
Playing Multiple Courses 6

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Slowest play I have ever had. Way overbooked. No ranger anywhere. Behind three ladies walking on the front nine. Waited on every hole. Back nine behind three gents that took 10 minutes looking for balls on every hole Quite after 15 holes won't go back.

Conditions Average
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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4.0
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Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 179
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
Used cart

Continuous Improvement

I enjoyed my round here today with a fine trio of golfers who had to put up with me, but they managed. We had a good time, playing a pretty quick round on the White/Blue. Each time I play here I seem to enjoy Elmridge more: seems like it will be a rota course for me. I’ve met some friendly playing partners over the five times I’ve visited this past year, and the course’s scenic location in the wooded hills is soothing and beautiful.

Layout Summary:
On the Blue, which is moderately hilly, architect Joseph Rustici has a penchant for using the rolling land in various ways down each fairway, the result being challenge, variety, and the encouragement of strategic play. Ideal examples of such appear on the stretch from holes 2 through 5. Augmenting the challenges are elevated greens, or sometimes strong greenside bunkering, throughout. While the Blue’s elevation changes are moderate, on the White seven of the nine holes ride big slopes. This W/B combination has four good par-3s and a quartet of stout par-5’s, the standouts being the fifth from each half: the White’s a monster 591-yarder that rolls as if it’s part of an oceanside links; the Blue’s a clever dogleg and maybe a two-shotter if you can hit back-to-back shots with power and precision.

Slopes around the greens tend toward the subtle, but a few greens require a lot of borrow on lengthy putts. Putting challenges are well-balanced, never done to excess. Driving to these fairways will often require your best efforts, and the biggest challenge may come at the Blue’s fourth, where the large knob at the dogleg is a hard target to hit and hold. This fourth is a hard nut to crack if you’re looking for a par or better.

Some conclusions: What’s impressive is the continued improvement on course conditions throughout this summer of 2021. Fairways and tees are now good and most of the greens excellent. Conditioning still falls short of top-notch but a wide range of players should be happy, as I have been, with Elmridge. Not too tough but far from easy, this White/Blue combination adds up to a course well worth playing. It’s also a solid value.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 41
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

fair place to play

I have played here before and it seems thecourse conditions are improving. Friendly staff. nice course to play

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 25
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Course had very nice greens.

Had a good time. Course was a tough play. Would Definitely return and recommend to a friend.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
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 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 63
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 179
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Connecticut Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Taking To the Blue

A quartet of par-fours begins what becomes a solid nine at Elmridge: the Blue. The first one, a stunning looking hole, drops steeply from its high-tee to a well guarded fairway (pond right, trees left) then back up to a perched green. The first hole’s look is parkland perfection: a serene pond; trees of various shades scattered along the margins; a bending fairway with three big bunkers flanking it. This happens to be the #3 index, and it plays like it. A moderately difficult 377-yarder follows, by contrast rolling through woodland as the fairway undulates, a bit like a links course, throughout the landing area and beyond. Green number two, small and difficult to hit, has a few pronounced humps that may make chipping tricky around it. A 403-yarder, the third ranks as the toughest hole and may also be the best. Now the fairway ‘waves’ look like large ocean swells, and you’ll appreciate the forward bounce to be had, as long as the drive is flown onto this fairway just right. A roller-coaster hole with a nice green complex to boot (watch out for the big falloff in the back), this is an outstanding par-four. The fourth hole’s fairway undulates with equal boldness, only this time you’ll face a camelback landing zone, its hump situated at the dogleg’s bend. Landing your drive correctly will take some finesse, and the surrounding woods await missed tee shots.

After this terrific four-hole start, things let up, if only slightly. Next comes a reachable 527-yard five-par, but the hole’s brilliance lies in the fairway’s contours at the leftward bend. Play the drive well and you’ll enjoy a forward kick for some 20 extra yards or so down the small hill. And the green is open in front, tempting you to fire away on the approach.

Two of the next three holes are straightforward, uphill three-pars: the sixth features a small green, which is what supplies the challenge for this 200 yarder, while eight has a slightly less tough-to-hit and larger plateau green. The par-five between these two counterpoints the fifth: this time the hole doglegs right, then travels far more steeply downhill to a small, peanut-shaped green--a much tougher target from long range. Over the hole’s second half, a big downslope on the wooded left side might mean that an overdrawn golf ball will disappear permanently.

The Blue closes things out with a fine finisher (par-4, 384) that is the opening hole’s opposite: the tee shot is uphill; the approach drops down a bit to a green flanked by a pair of big, deep traps.

The Red Nine, which I played for the third time today, is a good layout that doesn’t quite match the Blue’s routing or ground movement, although both are visually interesting. What stands out about the Red is a pair of excellent par-4’s, the third and eighth, as well as two tough three-pars. Still, the Blue pushes boundaries a bit more, though in general Elmridge may be called solid old-school design (built and designed by Joe and Charles Rustici, it opened 55 years ago).

Conditions:
BLUE Nine: Excellent on the smoothly rolling greens; good overall around fairways/tees; average for roughs and some greenside areas. RED Nine: About the same, but it’s also notable that the Red keeps improving since it’s drought-blighted conditions last fall; I’d infer that those conditions weren’t sitting well with management. And this time the Red’s putting surfaces and fringes were much smoother than in late May.

Some conclusions: I was impressed today with the Blue’s level of design and craftsmanship, along with its playable yet challenging layout. It gets all the tee-to-green details right, and I like the fact that it doesn’t depend on too many water hazards, as so many modern layouts do, to generate false excitement. This excellent routing seems the best of the three at Elmridge. I hadn’t played it until today. The greenskeepers have done an excellent job of reinvigorating conditions in 2021. The combination of White/Blue is best here, probably, but all of the three options give you a chance to score well, provided you drive the ball in play. Years ago, I remember a friend of mine, a scratch golfer, praising Elmridge as a fine place to play. If the overflowing parking lot has been any indication each time I’ve played here, it continues to please golfers in 2021.

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