Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club

3.7497176471 3.7 stars from 5 (81)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7011 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

  • 700 Main Street, Middlefield, Connecticut 06455, Middlesex County
  • (860) 349-6031
  • (860) 349-1656
  • www.lymangolf.com
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Year built: 1969
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1969), Roger Rulewich (1969)
Type: Public

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $10
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Lyman Orchards Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Accepted

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black/Macoun 72 7011 yards 73.3 132
Blue/Empire 72 6614 yards 71.5 131
White/McIntosh 72 6200 yards 69.6 128
Red/Cortland (W) 72 5812 yards 72.0 124

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 81 Reviews
5 stars:
14
4 stars:
38
3 stars:
15
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

61 out of 80 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include thick rough elevation changes undulating greens   Great for drinks  

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"Nice Layout"


badams01work's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was nice. Starter did a great job pairing up our twosome with an earlier group that had a no-show. Greens were punched recently which if we had known we wouldn't have played. Should give some sort of discount from prime rates given the green situation or at least make it known.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



sharris66's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is very nice. Only negative is that it was soaked.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



coogi's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Excessive ball marks on all greens"


coogi's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although the tees and fairways were in great shape, the greens were littered with ball marks making it almost as bad as putting on aerated greens.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Unbelievable"


u283352351's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loud music and slow play on a Thursday!!!!!

Will think twice before returning.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Agree...bunkers need work..."


jerrynthewriter's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I've always rated the Jones layout as a 5-star track. But, I do agree with a recent poster -- the bunkers are in need of repair. They are rock hard. A prime example is the bunker that guards the front of #12. If you end up there, it is literally impossible to keep the ball of the green, and darn near impossible to not pinch it over the green and into the back hazard.

Still, don't let the bunkers keep you from playing here! Just avoid the bunkers at all costs!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great conditions and layout, need to redo the bunkers"


u843012446's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was in great condition and is a challenging layout. The greens were on the slow side but rolled true. A few tee boxes were also on the longer side but it had rained he night before and that morning, likely explaining the greens and tee box length. This all made for a great round except the bunkers which were in very bad shape. There were ball sized rocks, more dirt than sand and hitting out was like playing from a cart path. This made the bunkers basically unplayable. Otherwise great round on a tough course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Full price punched"


dratchkie13's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
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Reviewed on

Greens were punched and impossible

To play. Early season, obviously have to punch. However, you shouldn’t pay 50$ for it.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Early season round"


u000007782569's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways in great shape.

Greens not so much. We’re recently punched and still holes and a lot of sand. Some putts bounced 6” off ground.

price should have been less considering shape of greens.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Better of the two Lyman courses"


slm999's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I played the Jones course for the first time after playing the Player course a few times. It is not as scenic, but it provides a better golf experience/challenge.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Jones Course"


u000009337246's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on Labor Day Everything was great Driving Range Putting Greens in great shape...course was also very nice...great fairways and greens were in pristine condition will be back soon


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good Test of Golf"


u473136389's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here many years. Very good test of your overall skills. In good shape for a bad grass year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun to play hard to score"


James9362678's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Excellent course in good shape. Always a pleasure to play here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


pljr0415's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played this course when I was working in the area. Was paired up with a few members, treated nicely and layout was challenging and fair. Would play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good day out"


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a great day out with a friend. Just a wonderful round


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Enjoy a great course"


Kenika033115's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great condition and the staff was terrific


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



knightsgolf66's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"average conditioning hurts great layout"


Matthew3304221's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I have played this course for many years. It is a great design and challenging layout. I have over the years never been wowed by the green's pace and or smoothness and it's a shame. they are in decent shape and I'm not here to bash the course but that's what I see when I play here. I know it gets many rounds and the greens pay the price. I will play here again because I really like the course.

I was disappointed at the bunkers today on the front 9 that I played. Literally a 1/2 an inch of sand over hard clay. I was using a 60 degree wedge with little bounce and was ard pressed to get it under the ball effectively. These greens were all re done a number of years ago as I recall and to see this quick of a decay is terrible for all the money I'm sure they spent. They should be a strong point of the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Too slow"


luvkosilen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Took 3 hours to do 9 holes but even after complaining about the slow group ahead of us at the turn, we never saw the ranger. I actually quit playing after the 12th hole. Wasted my money and just had an aggravating round.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


Lauren3166720's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was very well maintained but somewhat wet due to recent rain which made for slow greens. It was pretty busy the day we went but my friend and I got teamed up with two very nice gentlemen. Groups playing ahead and behind us were very respectful. The course is a bit narrow but did not have leaves covering the fairways which is difficult this time of year. I would definitely play here again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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