Franklin Canyon Golf Course

3.5471294118 3.5 stars from 5 (243)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6594 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 71.5
  • Layout

  • Highway 4, Hercules, California 94572, Contra Costa County
  • (510) 799-6191
  • (510) 799-3807
  • franklincanyongolf.com

Year built: 1968
Architect(s): Robert Muir Graves
Type: Public
Greens: Bent/Poa
Fairways: Rye/Poa
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6594 yards 71.5 129
White 72 6152 yards 69.6 125
Red (W) 72 5475 yards 71.5 123

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 243 Reviews
5 stars:
27
4 stars:
111
3 stars:
60
2 stars:
20
1 stars:
25

recommend this course

191 out of 242 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for locals walkers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks watching the game 19th hole specials  

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u00000549662's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 12/11/2017:

Thank you for golfing with us and sharing your feedback! We're sorry to hear you are not able to recommend the course, but we hope you can come back and try us again.

"Franklin Canyon"


jerryfestejo's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/08/2017
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Reviewed on

A deal for $32 dollars..the course was in nice shape except for the tee boxes, other than that , great!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 12/11/2017:

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your round for a great value!


JEverett6860's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Franklin Canyon is a mixture of hills and some

flat surfaces, very walkable.

The greens were in good condition, the fairways

were, like most California courses, good but

spotty.

Lots of trees and off surfaces make the course

challenging.

We played at noon as a twosome and finished in

less than four hours.


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


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 12/08/2017:

Thank you for playing Franklin Canyon and sharing your experience!

"Franklin Canyon Review"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Franklin is not in the best shape, fairway shots find bad lies on areas where the grass is dead. Greens are good and most tee boxes are in good condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 11/21/2017:

Thank you for playing #FranklinCanyon and sharing your experience!

"Franklin Canyon Golf course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Franklin is in fairly good shape considering comparisons to other courses of the same price. The course has fun holes with character, meaning, the holes aren't just straight ahead, they require thought.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 11/14/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review and recommendation! We're happy to hear you find good value and fun holes playing golf at Franklin Canyon.

"this course is nice and improving"


wasteo's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

the pace of play is usually good but can get slow. the fairways are in good condition. and they are working to improve them. the greens are good, but could use some help from the people that don't repair their ball marks. they should take some time to work the bunkers, most are hard as a rock with less than a quarter of an inch of loss sand. The practice area is nice, and the staff is vary friendly


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 11/14/2017:

Thank you for recommending #FranklinCanyonGC! We're happy to hear you enjoy the practice area and friendly customer service. See you soon!


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 11/08/2017:

Thank you for playing #FranklinCanyonGC!

"Course is in good shape"


u000005379546's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were punched, based on how they’re coming along it’s probably been slightly more than a week. They were a little slow but that was to be expected. Fairways in good shape, overall the price was fair for a nice local course.

I’ve only played this course a couple of times, the staff has been very friendly both in the pro shop and the bar.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 11/03/2017:

The greens are looking nice after recent aerification. Glad to hear you enjoyed your round and friendly customer service. See you soon!

"great value if you have the time flexibility"


veterduet's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

course in good shape and not too crowded. I was between two foursomes but moved along and played two balls when stalled Since i'm retired i can pick the "hot deals" which are great, nice scenery


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 11/03/2017:

We're happy to hear you found a good value at #FranklinCanyon. Thank you for the 4-star review and recommendation!

"Good course, great staff"


u470753435's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are in great shape, just a couple brown areas in the fairways, better to use the water on the greens (smart conservation practices). Enjoyed the round, will definitely be back soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 10/24/2017:

We're happy to hear you will be returning to Franklin Canyon for another round! Thank you for golfing with us.


u000001302284's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2017
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Reviewed on

Friendly staff and paired with 2 friendly golfers.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 10/11/2017:

Thank you for golfing with us at Franklin Canyon! Your recommendation is greatly appreciated. See you soon!

"Songs The Same For Franklin Canyon"


bolt65's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good parkland course on front nine. Blue tees are a good turn. Holes 11, 13 and 15 are top tier holes. Fairways have mostly grass and a few dry spots, off fairway is dry. They are managing the course well at this time and watering where needed, keeping dry where needed too. Greens are always ok, never too slow, and sometimes very good. The course is good/average for the area, and I play here often enough and for the last 20 years. Would like to see course offer more single golf now times, as it seems there are more for 4 player promos.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 10/16/2017:

Thank you for golfing with us and sharing your 4-star experience! We're happy to hear you continue to golf with us after 20 years. See you son!

"Not worth the price"


Tom5527086's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
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Reviewed on

Course conditions were dreadful. Dead spots everywhere, times when you were hitting off of dirt when it should have been 1st cut. Greens rolled true and were smooth but slower than a shag rug.

Tee boxes were dreadful with no flat lie to be found. I won't be back


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 09/25/2017:

We're sorry to hear course conditions were not up to par during your round. Our staff is working hard to prepare the course as we move out of Summer season. Hopefully, we can see you back on the course for another try in the Fall!

"A Course Worth Playing"


u000002697163's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I like to play different courses so I play this course maybe twice a year. The fairways were in good shape, bunkers like most courses could use a little more sand but not terrible and the greens were in pretty good shape (people were fixing their divots). Picked a great day to play, started to cool off and had a little breeze. All groups ahead of us were playing at a very nice clip, we finished in 3-1/2 hours, we were a twosome but there were foursomes out there. There are some holes that require you to be pretty precise or you get yourself in trouble. I really like the course and will play it again. P. S. One thing I try and tell myself is that these are not golf resorts, we pay a lot less so we can play more often. Resorts have a lot of eye appeal which does nothing for your game. Just a thought when writing a review.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 09/12/2017:

Thank you for golfing with us! We/re happy to hear you enjoyed your round with good course conditions and a light breeze. See you soon!


JEverett6860's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played as a two some around 11:30, slight

breeze off the bay kept the weather good.

Course is a good condition, particularly the

greens, fast but not too fast.

Good views of surrounding area, no houses, some

farm animals and a local train.

Overall, a good value for the money.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 08/29/2017:

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your day at Franklin Canyon! Thank you for sharing your 4-star experience. See you soon!

"Take nothing for granted"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fortunately I played the day of the eclipse so pace of play was with good quick good greens were in pretty good shape and always a challenge for each hole to think of what you're going to hit


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 08/23/2017:

Happy to hear you decided to join us on Eclipse day! Shot selection always makes things more fun on the course.


tomatocbk's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 08/23/2017:

Thank you for the 4-star review!

"Good course for the price! Fun course!"


u000007717241's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was a lot of fun. Quite a few fun holes to play. Some nice elevation changes. The fairways were very well manicured. Some parts of the rough were really hard where there was not any grass. Overall a lot of fun. I would play it again for the price. Affordable, fun, and good pace of play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 08/23/2017:

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your day with us! Thank you for providing feedback on good value and pace of play. See you soon!

"This course you should play, but not at full price."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Due to the water restrictions, there are a lot of dry spots. The greens were not consistent and some were fuzzy and slow.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 08/23/2017:

Thank you for golfing with us! Our staff will continue to assess the greens and make your next round even better. See you soon!

"Pace of play"


Robert7358862's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A contribution to the pace of play would be matching one's handicap to the Teebox location i.e. white, blue, etc.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 08/15/2017:

Thank you for recommending the course! Players should play the corresponding tees matching their ability at all times. Meanwhile, our staff works hard to accommodate all golfers on the course, despite the level of play.


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