Bunkers are clay, greens are so hard nobody bothers to look for ballmarks, let alone repair them. Some greens need a complete. Re-design.. They are so odly shaped there is no safe shot on some approaches!
September 11, 2014
Beautiful and challenging layout. Bunkers are a disaster...should be declared waster areas, not bunkers. No sand...dirt and mud only. Some tee boxes were pretty rough. Fairways and greens were nice.
September 8, 2014
Big course for a small fee
First the positives..
The course is big, you get your monies worth, the greens were in good condition for the time of year, the course was challenging and wasn't crowded at all for a Friday late morning tee time.
The fairways were soaking wet and it hadn't rained in the area for days. Must be from a combination of over watering and bad drainage on site. The bunkers were dirt, not sand. This was actually an improvement from the last time I played there and the traps were overgrown with weeds. The woods were full of garbage. I know because I spent a lot of time in them looking for my ball!
Overall for the price ($35 for 18 and a cart, thanks to golf now) it's a good deal and I'd go back.
September 7, 2014
A Variety of challenges at Gillette Ridge CC
Every hole has it's challenge. I believe a good hole is a memorable hole. I can honestly say that Gillette Ridge has many of them... Looking forward to another round.
September 2, 2014
Great course for the money. Great atmosphere. Must play if in Hartford county looking for a good course. Bunkers need help that is the only con of the whole course.
September 2, 2014
This course is going downhill
I had a poor experience 7 years ago and had not been backk since. Long round, arrogant staff. But a friend and I wanted to try it again.
Labor Day Morning 9:00am arrival....One person at desk. Only person we saw all day. could not drive carts to car and they blocked path with 10 carts to ensure that. So, everyone had to carry their bags down around the jam of carts to get down to carts. And when I made a small comment when paying/checking in with my Golf Now reservation ("seems like there isn't aas much staff as their used to be"), the guy said "well, we can't when people don't pay full rate". I felt real welcome.
Kitchen not open (saw a guy jump in his car because he had not eaten and was counting on course)....No cart service on hot humid day...if they want to make some $ at course, put a cart out there, they would make a decent amount of $ on days like that
There was no starter and nobody on course to keep things moving or logically pair people up. rounds are long because there is 2some after 4some followed by 4some then 2 2somes. Makes for long round.
It is clear that they are hurting. But also clear that they are doing minimum to keep place going. No advertising, no staff, just mow and hope people show up.
It is too bad because course is decent track but this is hospitality industry now more than ever. Make people want to come back but Gillette just doesn't. Even thin staff can make someone feel welcome and make people root for the course. I am not rooting for them nor will I be going back.
Lots of choices and Gillette isn't one of them anyomroe. Close by, there are Wintonberry up the road. Rockledge down road. Will go to either of those 2 before Gillette. Better tracks AND service. They actually seem happy you come to play. What a concept!
September 2, 2014
Nice layout neglected
Played an early round on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend with my son. Although our Tee time was for 7:30, when we arrived at 7:00, it was deserted. Clubhouse was locked up and carts were still parked away in the garage. Felt a bit odd, but the pro was friendly enough when he opened up shop and got us our cart key and a range bucket.
The range was fine, but a bit overgrown. There were some nice practice bunkers and the sand was in good shape.
The course is very attractive and interestingly laid out. It is fun and tough. There are plenty of forced carries and the greens complexes are pretty unforgiving. It's very possible to play well and shoot a high score.
Overall, unfortunately, the place had an air of neglect and desolation. The fairways were over watered and soggy, the fringe on the greens was patchy, there were unrepaired ball marks all over the greens and there were out buildings that looked half finished and abandoned.
For a busy holiday Saturday morning in perfect weather, there was no one behind us for several holes, and only two groups in front. Not that I would usually complain about this, but combined with the condition of the course and our surreal arrival, it just felt strange.
The course has a reputation for being merciless and a beat down. While I think its undeserved, perhaps this bad rep has hurt business. The course looks to hurting a bit. I'd play Wintonbury for a better value, with equally challenging holes and much better conditions.
September 1, 2014
Tough To Recommend Course
Had a coupon to play for $25 on a weekend. Good price but course in bad condition. Tee boxes were terrible. Greens were beat up. When me made the turn from 9 to 10 there were two foursomes in front of us on the tee which slowed play for the back nine. We finished only to find the club house/pro shop/restaurant locked up.
August 31, 2014