Franklin Canyon Golf Course

3.4008352941 3.4 stars from 5 (225)
  • 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 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.1 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 225 Reviews
5 stars:
26
4 stars:
97
3 stars:
59
2 stars:
18
1 stars:
25

recommend this course

175 out of 224 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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"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


"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!


uHAEI3294HA's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

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 Golf Course on 06/01/2017:

We appreciate your feedback and love seeing that, overall, you had a great round at Franklin Canyon! Please come again soon.

"exceeded expectations"


u000001388389's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The only complaint was getting jacked an additional $2/player over the fee and service charge for "irrigation". All fees need to be articulated beforehand. What's next? a healthcare assessment for the range attendants? I guess FCGC didn't get enough rain this winter...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


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

We apologize for any inconveniences you may have experienced during your round. We hope to see you again soon to make up for this experience!

"RANGE BALLS"


u310378564's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

VERY DIRTY and EXPENSIVE RANGE BALLS. MANAGEMENT SHOULD LOOK INTO THIS?


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 05/04/2017:

Hi u310378564,

Your feedback on range balls is greatly appreciated. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We look forward to your next round with us!

"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


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 05/03/2017:

Hi xconect ,

Thank you for golfing with us! We're happy to hear you were able to get out for a round with us. The rain is definitely helping the course conditions shine. Your feedback on pace of play is greatly appreciated. Our marshals work hard to accommodate all golfers and keep things moving out there on the 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


Response from Franklin Canyon Management on 04/25/2017:

Hi Ramon9989845,

Thank you for the review and recommendation!

"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!


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