Hillcrest Golf Club at Sun City West

3.2683176471 3.3 stars from 5 (577)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7002 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 20002 N Star Ridge Dr, Sun City West, Arizona 85375, Maricopa County
  • (623) 584-1500
  • (623) 546-9138
  • www.hillcrestgolfclub.com

Year built: 1978
Architect(s): Greg Nash (1978), Jeff Hardin (1978)
Type: Public
Style: Traditional
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "John Jacobs' Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirt with a collar as well as no denim bottoms
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7002 yards 72.7 126
Blue 72 6574 yards 70.3 123
White 72 6381 yards 69.1 116
White (W) 72 6381 yards 75.0 126
Gold (W) 72 5864 yards 67.3 113
Red (W) 72 5512 yards 70.7 120

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 577 Reviews
5 stars:
54
4 stars:
229
3 stars:
143
2 stars:
97
1 stars:
54

recommend this course

404 out of 572 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for locals seniors advanced golfers   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole specials  

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Gerardpal52's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u781574723's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play was very slow, and the final three holes the sprinklers were on. I would not recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



ironhead105's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/17/2018

Thank you for coming out to play Hillcrest. Hope to see you back again real soon.

Thank you

~HC



Scotto56's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/17/2018

Thank you for coming out to play Hillcrest. hope to see you out here again real soon.

Thank you

~HC


"Disappointed"


goofy111's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2018
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Reviewed on

It use to be a beautiful course. Now it is a dog track.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 01/17/2018

The course is still beautiful, it is just very old. the fairways are in good shape as well as the greens. hope to see you back to give us another try.

Thank you

~HC



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/17/2018

Thank you for coming out to our course hope to see you back soon.

Thank you

~HC


"Wet"


Butch2678176's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were great every thing else was very wet leaks every where parking lot was completely full had to park on the gravel.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/17/2018

the greens are very good right now and the reason it is wet the course is very old and worn out. for the most part the fairways are in good shape. hope to see you back here real soon.

Thank you

~HC



jfclark's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed this course staff very good, large challenging greens that were very consistant, Some off the traps did have water in them we were not in them sort din not matter


Pace of Play: Good

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


Commented on 01/17/2018

Thank you for coming out to our course and happy you had a great time. We hope to see you back again here soon.

Thank you

~HC


"Hillcrest Golf"


Uplander1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
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Reviewed on

I love this course layout and have played this course for years. Its disappointing to see the course deteriorate more every year the traps were in horrible shape, the cart paths and unfinished work on traps and on the course. I still like to play this course and would still recommend playing it. Its just a shame to see its continual decline.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/17/2018

Sorry you feel the course is going down, but we are glad that you still keep coming back to play. we have been improving the course little by little. Thank you again

~HC


"This course has a good layout"


odis3867949's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course could be very challenging if it wasn’t for all the tire tracks in mud. There were several hazards made by the tracks in the fairway and around the greens. Other than that it’s a good challenging course. Greens are great!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Hillcrest 2018"


2parputz4u's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was really good shape, the greens were challenging. The gentleman I brought with me really enjoyed the course and wanted to thank you guys for the great weather. It was also his 1st time there, and he was pleased.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



John2903571's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/07/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/10/2018

Thank you for taking the time after your round to fill out the online comment card! We greatly appreciate the positive feedback! ~HC


"Excellent value"


Scotty1952's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/03/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

For the price that I paid, which wasn't much after I used a discount, Hillcrest is a great deal. The course is rough around the cart path areas, but it gets an awfully of Sun City traffic. The holes are interesting enough and the greens are very nice.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/10/2018

Thank you for leaving an online review after your round. We consider ourselves one of the best values in the valley for golf. We hope to see you back at the course again soon!

~HC


"Surprisingly Good Greens"


ScottEhret's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hillcrest is at least two steps above most courses in the Sun City / Sun City West "retirement" areas. Less than impressive on first look -- the clubhouse and putting green area appear "spartan" at best -- the course played quite well. Tee boxes are fine, fairways more than acceptable, rough areas reasonable (spent my share of time there), but the greens rolled exceptionally well. I plan to try Hillcrest again during the core of spring training time to see if warmer weather helps the fairways without doubling the price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/06/2018

Thank you for taking time to fill out the online comment card after your round. We appreciate the feedback. We hope to see you back during Spring Training when you return; we will have some of the best prices on this side of town. ~HC



MGTANN's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/06/2018

Thank you for taking time to fill out the online comment card after your round. We greatly appreciate the positive feedback. We hope to see you back at the course again soon!

~HC


"Wet and muddy"


davidrarnold's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Similar to others, we found the course randomly wet and muddy with wide open fairways. Huge relatively fast greens with pin placements and elevation changes just short of bizarre. Expect to four putt at least one green. Mud pretty much surrounds every green, so bring an old towel that you can throw away at the end of your round. In addition to mud around the greens, there are random mud puddles (some more like small ponds) on the course next to bone dry patches of dirt. Minimal sand makes for difficult play from bunkers.

Nice quiet gas golf carts, but even a Ford Raptor would test your kidneys on the bumpy ride from the lack of established cart paths.

Simple layout and not much trouble, but difficult to score well unless you can throw darts into huge greens.

My wife enjoyed it much more than I did so it was still a good day. I'm not sure we would pay full price to play again, but it was worth the hot deal price.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/06/2018

Thank you for playing Hillcrest Golf Club, and taking time after your round to give us some feedback. The irrigation system here is from 1976 so it is something we are constantly updating and tweaking to improve play. We do hope you return to the course and see the improvements we will have made regarding those wet spots. ~HC



u000005416269's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/06/2018

Thank you for leaving a review after your round. We appreciate the positive feedback, and hope to see you at the course again soon!

~HC


"A lot rough, but ...."


goinlow67's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It’s a fun layout. The course is always soggy and the fairways are sketchy and the rough is worse. That said, when I played the greens were relatively smooth and decent speed. The course layout is solid for the area and the price is right.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/06/2018

Thank you for taking time after your round to fill out the online comment card. We are continuously working to try and improve course conditions on a daily basis. We do feel we are one of the best values in the valley for what we charge, and we appreciate you acknowledging that.

~HC


"Could use a little work"


sacto's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Layout was great. Greens were lightning fast. Over seeded fairways not good


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 01/06/2018

We appreciate the feedback you gave after your round. We hope to see you back at the course again soon! ~HC


"Getting to Really Like This Course"


u000005591626's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hillcrest is perfect for an Intermediate Level golfer. Several par fours demand mastery of the fairway 3 & 5 woods to attain a GIR. Two of the Par 3’s (#’s 3& 17) likewise require mastery of fairway woods to reach the Greens. The sand traps have coarse, heavy sand that give a true challenge to exit onto “slick as ice” Greens ( don’t expect any forgiveness on an “over hit”). So, if your handicap is in the 12-14 range and you want to see if that holds true on a 6200+ Yard course, Hillcrest will be a great test. To quote Arnold, “Awl be bach.”


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/06/2018

Thank you for the awesome review! We appreciate you taking time after your round to fill out the online comment card. We look forward to seeing you back at the course again soon! ~HC



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