Franklin Canyon Golf Course

3.4832352941 3.5 stars from 5 (233)
  • 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: 3.1 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 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: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 233 Reviews
5 stars:
26
4 stars:
104
3 stars:
59
2 stars:
19
1 stars:
25

recommend this course

182 out of 232 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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Reviews


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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
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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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.

"Not a course for the occasional weekend player!"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What you earn on the front 9, is taken away on the back 9 with its elevation changes, tight fairways, trees and lots of bunkers.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


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

Thank you for recommending the course! The course can be challenging, but we suggest to play it up and try the course again. See you soon!

"Poorly maintained"


u000001385957's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Unnecessary slow play, no marshal anywhere.

Fivesomes with people walking should not be allowed.

Spread out tee times would help.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


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

Thank you for feedback on the pace of play. Our staff works hard to accommodate all golfers on the course.

Commented on 08/17/2017

Nope, Disagree, golf course is doing much better than before and looking forward...you mention slow play but say poorly maintained? This is a good parkland course. Been playing here over 20 years.


"Making an effort"


marksmallcombe's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good condition for mid summer. Slow play and bottlenecks have been this course's nemesis in the past, but things seem to be improving somewhat. Well done guys


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


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

Thank you for mentioning improvements at the course! Our staff looks forward to reviews such as this from our golfers. See you soon!


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 08/10/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review!

"Staff"


u6997678's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff not polite course dry even though they charge $1 for water. I am also charge an additional dollar even though I slough what the on line says what I owe.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 08/10/2017:

We're sorry to hear you did not receive friendly customer service. This is a top priority at Franklin Canyon. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

"Great golf course"


Chaga57's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is nice ce, a little tough and challenging. The kind of course you play and want to go back and play it again many more times.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

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 08/09/2017:

We look forward to seeing you on the course many more times! Remember: practice makes perfect. See you soon!

"Underrated Value Course"


Gager21's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Solid course. Interesting that the front nine favors a draw and back favors a fade, is a good mix for shot shaping.

Muni course feel but the greens roll quick and true. Enough trouble to keep it interesting but not too penal. Tucked into a canyon with no homes and minimal street viewing which makes it feel secluded.

Fairly flat course with the exception of a sizeable hill on the 2nd and 13th you need to climb.

Great selection of beers on tap at the 19th


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 07/19/2017:

Thank you for golfing with us! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the layout and multiple challenges the course offers. See you soon!

"Bring the wind cheater"


u9767855's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Frankie was in great condition after a light summer rain a few days earlier. Well maintained fairways and readable greens should make for an enjoyable round. You get to use all your clubs from the blue tees, but we played whites this time to match the skill of our guests. That said, the wind kicked up after 4 holes, and made for a helluva challenge. A fine track I consider a staple in the lical rotation.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 06/12/2017:

The wind can definitely add an extra challenge at Franklin Canyon! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the round with friends and consider our course a "staple". Thank you for golfing with us!

"Good value muni"


u000006804618's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I went as a single and met two other singles.We teed off around 7:00 am and were done in 3 1/2 hours and I walked while my companions each had a cart . I booked with GolfNow and only paid $35 although the guy in pro shop wanted $45 until I showed him the confirmation email from GolfNow.i had not played here in perhaps 12 years but memories of the holes came back as I started each one. The course is a nice layout with no two holes alike . I would give it 6 out of 10 for conditions but for the price was well worth it


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Golf Course on 06/01/2017:

We are happy to hear that, overall, you had a great experience with us at Franklin Canyons! Please come again soon for another round!

"Franklin Canyon"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were in good shape. Tee boxes need work. Good value, but pace of play is always slow.


Pace of Play: Fair

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 Golf Course on 06/01/2017:

We are happy to hear that the course conditions were great for your round. However, we regret to hear that the pace of play was not ideal. We hope to see you again soon to make up for this experience!


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