Northern Hills Golf Club

3.7510588235 3.8 stars from 5 (164)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6728 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 71.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire required

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6728 yards 71.6 129
White 72 6149 yards 69.3 123
Red (W) 72 5091 yards 69.6 117

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 164 Reviews
5 stars:
25
4 stars:
77
3 stars:
45
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
9

recommend this course

136 out of 164 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport in the 'burbs   Great for locals seniors walkers   Challenges include bunkers water hazards forced carries   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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"A Well Run Muny"


Bobemac's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We play here frequently and this is one of the better run Munys in the area.

The course is usually in good shape despite issues with a recent tornado and flooding from

heavy rains.

The Proshop here has some of the best employees in town. Kieth D has always been helpful

and so has every other person who works here.

The course is laid out so that you are challenged with different shots on every hole.

The #1 hole is a par five that has a lake on the left. Some big hitters can carry the lake and

will wind up with a great chance for a birdie. The rest of us will have to get as close to the lake without going in.

Holes 2, 3, and 4 are easy but the greens are small and very tricky. Holes 6 and 7 are long

and uphill. Hole # 8 is set up to roll left and OB.

Hole #10 is difficult par 5 with a 45 degree fairway to the right and lots of grass bunkers.

Hole 12 is long carry over water on your second shot, or a risky tee shot on the right that

comes close to OB.

Hole 13 is a long uphill into the wind with a small elevated green.

The last hole is an uphill par 3 that plays into the wind at 180 yards.

Northern Hill was a private club until a few years ago. It was the site of the AJGA qualification playoffs for many years.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Highly Recommend!"


Tim7498022's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a very enjoyable experience. Staff was very courteous and went out of their way to be helpful. Greens were in great shape but difficult to read without previous experience on the course. Teed off on time and no waiting all day. Very nice experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A Good Test of Golf"


Bobemac's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This is a tricky layout with hidden water hazards

and ninety degree driving holes.

There are a lot of surprises for the first time players.

Number one has a surprise pond if you draw your tee

shot. #4 has hidden pond on the left, #10 has fairway

that dives to the right and requires an iron from the tee,

and hole 12 has a long carry over water or a blind shot

on the right.

The greens are smooth and the fairways are

smooth.

#18 is an uphill par 3 that appears as an afterthought.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Mixed review"


dwillgolf1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Given all the rain, the course was in decent shape. Still soggy fairways in many places so it was cart path only. We planned on that, but not the SLOW foursome in front of us. By the time we got to 10, they were more than a hole behind. By 15, they were probably 3 holes behind and wouldn't invite us, a twosome, to play through. A marshal finally got there on 16. He was great. Check-in was terribly slow. Close to 10 minutes to check in one group in front of us. That left us short on warm-up time. Greens are excellent.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Northen Hills"


dano3577's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good condition and the greens were quick. Only problem there was a 5 some in front of us. They let us pass on number 8 and the round speed up. Overall good layout enjoyable to play. Thanks


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"good find"


thegrats's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2016
First time playing Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

well received at the pro shop. the starter was very helpful. the course is nice and in good shape. we found it strange to see so many 5some play. but the pace was still good. we would play it again


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Don't Go"


Karen9148587's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When we arrived there are two staff members trying to figure out something on the computer. They totally ignored me for at least five minutes. When we began playing the threesome in front of us continue to hit at least two balls slowing the pace tremendously. They completely dropped out of play and started playing again on the whole behind us. The threesome in front of us at that point when completing putting would stand on the green and talk rather than move off the green so others could shoot. The entire experience was so bad that we only played nine holes though we paid for 18. We will never play northern hills again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Avg course good for higher handicaps"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/08/2016
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played Northern Hills many times as it is one of my local courses. Previously private, it has recently become a "Muni" or municipal course and that is not an improvement. It has always been a fairly easy course having wide fairways and a course that does not play very long. Since becoming a "Muni" the greens fees have increased and the course has become more crowded. Additionally, they have cut back a lot trees and made an already easier course somewhat pedestrian and boring more tuned to the very high capped weekend golfer. The course has always been maintained decently with less readable undulating greens. I prefer my greens with very large but readable undulations. The carts have been improved slightly now equipped with a yardage identifier. The new club house staff is as friendly, as were the last. The "19th Hole" café is unchanged with the same competent staff.

In short, the new "Muni" Northern Hills course is very average. Previously, I found it more desirable because it was easy on the wallet, less crowded (allowed for play at your pace, fast or slow) and the course was challenging enough. I can no longer recommend it with the current price, crowd and pedestrian course play. Silver Horn, also close by, is a more challenging and prettier course with a better café. Prices and crowd are now comparable.

Best hole on Northern Hills is #17 (Par 5) with a double level green.

Enjoy and Best wishes


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Well maintand"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in very good shape and as nice of a day it was I was surprised that there wasn't more people than there was. Will play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Price was good"


John2827293's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Price thru GolfNow was good. Course is in OK condition.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Difficult greens"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course that has it challenges for all types of golfers. Fairway was in pretty good shape as well as the greens. However I found the greens extremely difficult to read, resulting in some 3-putts. My co-players experienced the same, so I wasn't alone.<br/> The par 3s were also very long, so almost impossible to hit the green in one shot, if you aren't a really good player.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great fairways and challenging greens"


Gzanella64's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Northern Hills is a great golf course, very well maintained. The fairways are soft and the ball is floating on the grass, the design is nice with some long par 4, the greens are fast and challenging.<br/> The green fee is fair and the course isn't crowded.<br/> I will be back as soon as I will find another offer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Ok track not so ok service"


bigjake1668's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Greens/fairways fine. Pay xtra and play elsewhere.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"course in good condition."


u000007765682's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways and greens are in very good condition. Tee boxes were a little hard at times but in good shape for the most part. This is not a scenic course, but a nice course to play for a very low price. Definitely plan on playing again soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"well maintained"


Robert1310227's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in great shape.. very enjoyable yet challenging. Unfortunately we went on a holiday and had to wait for a cart. Also had a beginning foursome in front of us.. it took almost 5 and half hours to play. Other than that had a great day.. highly recommended .


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Okay experience, greens were good, fairways too deep."


wjolley's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways and short rough areas were allowed to grow too tall before being mowed, resulted in course looking like a freshly cut hay field. Lost a few balls in the middle of the fairway because it was 2 to 3 inches of St Augustine and Bermuda. Greens were in good shape, but hard and wouldn't hold. And you needed a hammer to get your tee in the ground on the boxes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"San Antonio golf"


play9today's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great condition, greens were smooth and plush.<br/> Price was good for golf in San Antonio only lacking beverage cart but definitely would play there again and will recommend this to my buddies.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ugg. Very disappointing"


TIM1164672's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Just not a good track. They did have a lot of rain and couldn't mow the fairways. But even with that it was a disappointment. I will say the greens were in very nice shape.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Brutal staff inside clubhouse"


manny5050's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Due to rain that flooded the course, we didn't get to finish the first hole!!<br/> We were a foursome with two of our guests being from out of state...one from Phoenix and the other from Iowa!!<br/> Instead of refunding our money, he gave us four business cards that gave us rounds for future use!!

This was very appropriate for our out of town guests!!<br/> The club staff member was rude when explaining the terms of using Golfnow!!!

We would have understood if we had played a few holes but to not finish even the first...<br/> Just plain bad business!!<br/> If this is truly how Golfnow and this course operate, I seriously doubt that we utilize either of these in the future!!

Sincerely,<br/> Manuel C. Sanchez

PS-Not that it matters or are looking for special treatment...<br/> All four of us work in the professional hockey world and are sure to share our experience!!!


Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Great course"


u167904535's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really love this course but I do have two issues. First they need to remove the torn and tattered American flag out front. That is disrespectful to our countries flag please put a new one up. Second, the girls that work in the club are not very polite. I always feel like they don't want us there. Other than that I love this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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