Franklin Canyon Golf Course

3.3429000000 3.3 stars from 5 (210)
  • 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
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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

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

Average Rating 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 210 Reviews
5 stars:
25
4 stars:
87
3 stars:
58
2 stars:
15
1 stars:
25

recommend this course

163 out of 209 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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"First round of the year"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great to be back playing, and this is one spot that I like to play. Started off a little slow, tournament went out in front of us, so the front 9 took about 2:45, but the back took only 2. Marshall was out doing his job. Still a little soggy, muddy areas in the fairways, but they were considered ground under repair. Greens were in good shape, rolling well. Great deal on golf now. With all this rain we've had it's going to be a fun year. Couple more weeks and it should be perfect!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Ramon9989845's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good Course fir the value"


u000006906752's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in a good condition. The greens were aerated a couple of weeks ago and they were in fair condition. One issue was e has two riders and one walking and Actually golfnow could not accommodate this transaction in one shot so I ended up making two reservations on two different T times. That is a short fall of golfnow that they need to fix. The course staff were accommodating to fix the different T times. Course was heavily booked so the pace was slow. They need to spread out it a bit more.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 04/22/2017:

Hi u000006906752,

It's always good to hear from our GolfNow customers. We're happy the pro shop was able to accommodate your tee time and get you out on the course. Thank you for the 4 star review and recommendation!

"Not too shabby"


jakewhite4's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played 4/1 at 7:22.

You'd think at 722 that you'd blow through...not so much.

Could be the layout of first four holes (par 5, 3, short 4, 3) but it definitely drags.

The marshals didn't do anything, just drive around.

All things considered the conditions were good, I just the marshals cared about more than sitting in their carts. Waiting on a forsome who has the entire hole ahead of them open...unnecessary.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 04/22/2017:

Hi jakewhite4,

Thank you for the 4 star review and recommendation! It sounds like pace of play struggled on this particular day. Our marshals monitor this very closely and we appreciate your feedback so that we can notify them of the situation for next time.

"Franklin Canyon"


lfilatreau's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in the best condition that it has been in a very long time, possibly ever.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 04/22/2017:

Hi lfilatreau,

Thank you for the 5 star review! We're thrilled to hear from our golfers that course conditions are at a high level. We'll see you soon for another great day of golf!

"Old School Course with no Houses!"


haroldgallagher's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens are in good shape all the rain has made conditions soft cart paths only (it is way to soft to drive on) . The spring at Franklin Canyon is spectacular very Green! The players that play bomb and gouge are going to loose a lot of balls if you play that way bring plenty of Ammo!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 04/06/2017:

Hi haroldgallagher,

Thank you for the 4 star review! The course is going to continue with great conditions as we move into Spring. See you soon!

"Great for an early tee time"


Michael8449020's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Went out at 0700 and had a fast paced round. Conditions were a bit swampy due to large amounts of rain earlier in the week. Greens aerated recently (last week or so). Lots of Par 3s and 5s.


Pace of Play: Good

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 04/06/2017:

Hi Michael8449020,

Thank you for the review and recommendation. It's always nice to have an early round! Hopefully, we can provide a 4 or 5 star experience next time. The greens and fairways will be in great condition moving into Spring.

"I am biased"


br1anpeck's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is one of my favorite courses. Last time I played, 6 weeks ago, the pond on on #9 was overflowing, flooding the approach to #9 green, which I parred anyway. That I would book in such conditions shows that I am a Mudder, 78 years old at that!. Yesterday, conditions were way drier and I managed an 80, although playing as a single.

As living just outside the Lake Chabot course in Oakland, I will continue to make the one hour journey to Franklin Canyon as I enjoy it so much.

Brian Peck.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 03/21/2017:

Hi br1anpeck,

Thank you for the 4 star review! We always enjoy hearing from our regular golfers and are happy to hear conditions were much better during your last round. See you soon!

"Needs work"


GORDON2505011's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

i like Franklin, but the tee boxes were in bad shape.

Front nine greens were also hit or miss.

Still muddy!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 03/15/2017:

Hi GORDON2505011,

We appreciate your review and recommendation. Our staff is working very hard to maintain the course after the heavy rain. We're sorry to hear tee boxes were in bad shape during your round. Thank you for golfing with us!

"Really bad experience"


u000005910810's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Driving range was closed on a Saturday morning so we got there an hour early just to wait around. The extra taken out of the amount online was spread through out all golfers so it was more difficult to pay. Every tee box was hard dirt, the marshal was rude, no cart girl, the "meal included" only consisted of a hot dog.. no drink, no chips.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 03/22/2017:

Hi u000005910810,

Thank you for golfing with us! We're sorry your experience was only a one star rating. Please come back and see us again so we can improve your day of golf next time!

"The course is in extremely bad shape"


u000001413353's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I played there yesterday...03.09.2017...We were not told carts were on the path only when we booked...then came time to play...I lost 6 golf bolls hit on the fairway...ON THE FAIRWAY...THE COURSE IS IN SUCH BAD SHAPE IT IS HORRENDOUS...I tried to speak with the general Manager todaqyn 03.10.2017...he was obnoxcious...defensive and utterly unsymapathetic to me and told me to stay off his course and not play there ever again...he copared his course to Tilden Park, which I won't play because i know its drainage is horrible...when I reminded him that other public courses charging approximately the same amount...such as Hiddenbrooke, Eaglre Vines and Chardonay, Indian Valley...had no issues ...Kyles response was they have better drainage...of course they do...why don't you do something about it Mr. general Manager Kyle...instead of ragging on me...he also told me that he played there the day before and lost only one ball out of bound and when I told him I lost the balls in the fairway he belligerently asked which fairway...I tld him 3, 13, 14, and a couple i cant even remember and said oh yes we know about that...sorry never playing here again


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 03/22/2017:

Hi u000001413353,

We're sorry to hear you were not able to recommend our course at this time. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. We're sorry about your customer service experience in the pro shop. Thank you for golfing with us!

"Great Track"


u000002856552's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Franklin Canyon is a great track once it dries out from all the excessive rain


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 03/06/2017:

Hi u000002856552,

Thank you for the review and recommendation. The course drains great after rain, so we hope you come back and golf with us again real soon!

"Cool Course"


jjesrn007's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Franklin hasn't changed since the last time I played several years ago. They were a little overpriced for the very wet conditions but all things being considered the course was in good condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 03/06/2017:

Hi jjesrn007,

Thank you for the 4 star review! We're happy to hear you found the course in good condition for your round. See you soon!

"Call before boo"


Juan8635706's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I received an email saying that the course was drained and it was not lots of plug balls


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Golf Course Management on 02/14/2017:

Hi Juan8635706,

Thank you for golfing with us and providing a 4 star rating! We're sorry to hear about plug balls interrupting the quality of your round. Hopefully, you can come back and experience the course with dry conditions. See you soon!

Best,

Franklin Canyon Golf Course


Chasholein1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

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


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 01/23/2017:

Hi Chasholein1,

Thank you for the 4 star review!

Best,

Franklin Canyon Golf Course

"Great time out"


u000007954836's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Franklyn caynon is a good all around golf course. During the drought it was pretty dry but now that it's been raining, great course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: 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 01/23/2017:

Hi u000007954836,

Thank you for your feedback and recommendation! We're thrilled to move past the drought as well and continue to improve course conditions. It sounds like you had a fun day of golf. See you soon!

Best,

Franklin Canyon Golf Course

"Challenging but fun course"


u857677964's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2016
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got to play Franklin Canyon for the first time on Monday. Seeing as it was after the holiday break it was very packed but the pace of play was rather slow . The greens were fast but fair.

Had a good time playing the course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Golf Course on 01/03/2017:

Hi u857677964,

Thank you for the 4 star review! We appreciate your feedback on the course. It sounds like you were able to have a great day of golf! We are definitely busy after the holidays, but our staff works to provide the best experience every round. See you soon!

"The course has good features"


ragman1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course needed to be cut and the tee boxes need fixing


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


"Franklin Canyon, great value"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on Veterans day so there were a lot of people out. Since the course has 3 of its four par-3's on the front nine, that nine plays a little slow but speeds up on the back nine with only a single par-3.

Fairways are recovering from the drought so you can often find your ball lying behind or in front of a tuft of grass which can make for a difficult lie. Greens are in good shape. Tee boxes will benefit from winter weather and re-seeding.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good Value"


gschan8's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good value when playing on a special rate. Tee boxes not particularly level but greens in good condition. This course should not take 5 hours to play but it did.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



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