Presidential at Hickory Valley Golf Club
There are two 18-hole courses available at the Hickory Valley Golf Club, the Presidential and the Ambassador. The Presidential is the flagship course and it is also the longer and tougher of the two. The layout incorporates nine of the club's original 27 holes. The Presidential is nearly 300 yards longer than its sister course at 6,721 yards from the championship tees. The golf course has a nice balance of player-friendly features and challenging hazards. The wide fairways are quite forgiving, while the large, undulating greens are framed with bunkers. The signature hole is the par-4 second, which gently doglegs right, requiring a long and accurate tee shot. You're not out of trouble yet though, you'll still have to face the heavily bunkered green that also has a pond to the right.
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I played the round alone which surprised me be ause of how popular the course is in this area. Course was in good shape this rainy spring season. The greens rolled well, which I always watch for. The layout is average. Some interesting parts, some less so. Staff was really friendly and polite. It’s worth trying out. I play the course once or twice a year, and each time I go away happy to have played but for reasons I can’t put my finger on, not excited and not replaying the round in my head, which happens when I get a kick out of a course. But that’s me, as it has a lot of regular fans.
Booked the Ambassador through GolfNow, only to be told it was a mistake by the staff. Also told they would not be using GolfNow furthermore. Was directed to the Presidential which in my opinion is the nicer of the two courses. I have always enjoyed Hickory Valley , and hopefully they will be back on GolfNow soon.
Interesting course Friendly Staff
Played the Presidential course, excellent condition tees to greens pace was good and no problems having an enjoyable round at my own pace. I would recommend this course for all the right reasons.
All things considered...
We liked the course but were a little disappointed about them not telling us about the prep work going on for an event the next day - concentric circled hoses on one green and a port-a-pot surrounded by tiki torches on the 18th green??? I kid you not, sounds like I'm making this up but I'm not. But I'm not really complaining. It wasn't the best weather day; off season has pretty much started, the course was wet (cart path only) so we just took it in stride. Plus we got a super deal on GolfNow so that's just how it goes. But the course is nice, not overly long but some tough doglegs make you think about your shots. I'll go back.
Decent layout and conditions
Decent layout and good conditions. Got a good deal on Golfnow.
not your smash and grab
i love this course.
it's not simply a "smash a driver and hit a wedge" place, but a course where you can use a variety of clubs. there are times when you need to be precise, and others when you have room for error.
i wouldn't recommend it for a beginner, a moderate player will enjoy as will someone with more skill yet.
i've never known it to be in poor condition, and the people i've met while playing have always been friendly.
it's a little bit of a drive for me (no pun intended), but one that i gladly make.
if you want an easier go of things, play the sister course, the Ambassador, which is the other 18 of the 36 holes offered at Hickory Valley.
small downside - the range is small and has poor mats, with lousy, used balls. so you can warm up, but you won't spend too much time on it.
I had played the ambassador course a year or two ago and it was a very forgettable course with no holes that really stuck out. This was my first time on the presidential and I enjoyed it. Loved the course layout with the ponds and creeks playing a factor in a lot of the holes on the front 9 and the last few on the back. It had rained a good amount the days leading up to my round so the greens were very wet and most balls plugged. Greens were also very slow as a result. Felt like I was in a tunnel on some holes with trees surround the fairways. Would love to get back here in the summer when the course dry.
Course in good shape, but slow play
Ambassador course is in good shape. Fairways and greens are looking good after a long summer. Needed a marshal on the course to speed up play, as it was a 4 1/2 hour round.
Lack of organization
Booked as a single on golf now to play with a threesome. There was no starter so I was on my own. Never did see a threesome to play with, actually for about 25 minutes no one went off the first tee. Finally 2 guys went off about 10 minutes before me. They only had one bag; fortunately for me it appeared they ran out of golf balls on the 7th hole and they went to their car; allowing me to play the rest of the round unimpeded.
Course had just been aerated and greens were impossible to read and put.
One of my favorites
A country club it's not, but if you're looking for a challenging, well maintained golf course with friendly courteous staff members this is the place. Many fairways are tree lined so tee shots are crucial. Large undulating greens can be fast but not extreme. Either course is well worth the money. There are deals on line if you look around. We play here three or four times a year and always 4 1/2 hours or less.
This is a great course. The bunkers, fairways and greens are in great condition. It's a little off the beaten path, but worth the drive.
I feel like this place is notorious for overbooking in the summer, but this past weekend was different in that they overbooked and they had an outing going on. They told us it was cart path only - no clue why as we didn't get any rain the whole week. Cart girl was nice, but after the 3rd hole I didn't see her until hole 16; so that kind of sucked too. Probably won't be coming back here again anytime soon.
it was understandably busy due to the holiday, but it was completely overbooked and the pace of play was not monitored at all. We didnt tee off until 35 minutes after our booked tee time and pace of play never picked up. The group in front of us was very disrespectful and did not take other golfers into consideration throughout the day. It would have been nice to see rangers throughout the course to keep pace of play at bay. It took over 6 hours to get through the round of 18. Although my first few experiences at Hickory Valley prior to this were above average, this experience may deter me from ever coming back.
I over heard the starter say they had over 300 greens fee and that was at noon. We got off on time but it was a good 5 + hours later that we finished. One of our foursome left at the 13th. The course was very wet (cart path only) making play even slower. The greens were very receptive but slow. Traps were much better then any of the golf now courses I've played. I had a good round playing with a father and son. I would recommend.