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4.0
289 Reviews (289)
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12
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.6
91.6%
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262 out of 289 reviews
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3.9
20 Reviews (20)
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1
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Conditions
3.8
Value
4.3
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.4
95.0%
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19 out of 20 reviews
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3.8
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Conditions
3.6
Value
4.2
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.4
87.5%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6721 yards
Slope 136
Rating 72.6

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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Course Details

Year Built 1996
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ron Prichard

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Indoor Practice Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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4.0
289 Reviews (289)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 21
Watching the Game 9
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 40
Narrow Fairways 37
Bunkers 31
This course/club is great for:
Locals 40
Advanced Golfers 30
Playing Multiple Courses 30
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 45
In the 'Burbs 34
Convenient to the City 7

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5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/20/2019

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon! Until then, take care!

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Commented on 11/20/2019

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon! Until then, take care!

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Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/07/2019

Thank you for the great feedback! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can WOW you on your next visit. Until then, take care!

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Commented on 11/07/2019

Thank you for the great feedback! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can WOW you on your next visit. Until then, take care!

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Presidential is a PA Gem

A few weeks ago I tried out Hickory Valley for the first time. One time playing the ambassador and the other on the presidential. Now these are completely different courses. While I liked the Ambassador for the challenging narrow fairways and approach shots, the Presidential offers exceptional golf for many reasons.

For the public courses in the Philly area, the front nine of the Pres. is some of the funnest golf you can find. The first few holes show off the wide fairways but don’t make them easy. Multiple dog legs, lay up shots, and water keep you on your toes throughout the whole front nine. Beautiful scenery especially in the fall. After playing 3 times in the last few weeks, #5 has become one of the my favorite par 3s of any course.

The back nine plays long and narrows up a bit. Hitting low ball flight, well placed tee shots is the key to playing well. A bad tee shot will be punishing on the back, there isn’t much room for error and if caught in the trees or even the rough, your second shot will not offer much other than a punch shot to the fairway.

The conditions were also excellent. Of the three times, the fairways were lush and soft and the greens rolled well. One round was after heavy rain the day before and the fairways were drained well and the greens still held up. Other than aeration on one day, the course couldn’t have been better.

The only down side to this course is that it is heavily surrounded by large trees. While that makes the course beautiful in the fall, be prepared to lose a large amount of balls if in the rough this time of year. It’s nearly impossible to find your ball. I appreciated the grounds crew trying to blow out and manage the leaves, but there’s only so much you can do about them!

I’d recommend anyone to get out here and play this course. It offers fair prices (especially on weekdays) and is totally worth the extra buck to play over the ambassador (while that course is still fun). Just an all around fun time and it’s become one of my favorites of the 50+ public courses in the SE PA area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 11/07/2019

Wow - Thank you for the five star review Jimacee1! Your first visit to our course is definitely exciting. We understand there are many options and are so glad you gave us a try. We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We look forward to having you back again soon and developing a lasting relationship with you. Until then, take care!

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Commented on 11/07/2019

Wow - Thank you for the five star review Jimacee1! Your first visit to our course is definitely exciting. We understand there are many options and are so glad you gave us a try. We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We look forward to having you back again soon and developing a lasting relationship with you. Until then, take care!

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Aeration Alert

Course was in good shape but the greens were recently aerated.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/25/2019

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon! Until then, take care!

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Commented on 10/25/2019

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon! Until then, take care!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/28/2019

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon! Until then, take care!

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I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Problem verifying payment at course pro shop

The course could not verify my payment on their computer. Although the pro shop was very nice and did not hold up our round, it was disconcerting to me and I had a terrible round. I let it bother me because it was embarrassing to me. There always seems to be something unusual that happens when I use Golf Now. I used two promo codes from a prior situation for this round. The incidents were not exactly due to Golf Now per se, however, I don’t believe they would have occurred if I would simply call for a tee time. You cannot always account for the unusual things, but when I make the arrangements for myself and my friends and it doesn’t go smoothly, you get upset. For me it’s not worth the dollars saved to become upset over strange situations like greens aeration or computer glitches. Hopefully things will go smoother next time.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/28/2019

Thank you for the great feedback! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can WOW you on your next visit. Until then, take care!

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Good time great course

This course is great from tee boxes fairways and green carts are old but if that’s the only downside we can live with that will play again

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/28/2019

Thank you for the great feedback! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can WOW you on your next visit. Until then, take care!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Decent course with plentiful challenges

Greens were great but grass around greens and fairways was inconsistent with weedy and thin patches in key areas around the apron.
Interesting layout, lots of dogleg holes and local knowledge would have been helpful on a few holes. Pretty flat with very few elevation changes but narrow fairways and water made up for that lack of challenge. Over all a decent track for the $. Everyone working there was friendly and helpful.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/28/2019

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wet conditions

Even though the course was wet and it was cart path only the pace of play was still good. Ended up hearing what they local what you made the course play better. Apparently nobody knows how to fix ball marks at this course or the greens would be even better.
Some drivable par-4

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 10/28/2019

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/28/2019

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Presidential

We’ve played the Ambassador course a few times and this was fun to play since it was so different. The length was a nice change of pace to add a different element to working the course. Greens and tee boxes were in amazing shape! Would definitely play again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 10/28/2019

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon! Until then, take care!

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Muggy and challenging

Due to the heat and muggy weather course played tougher than normal, only complaint and this is probably due to all the rain the area is receiving is the broad leaf weeds in the rough and fringe areas. Only other observation was the amount of beer sold to the two individuals behind us, I would not have wanted to be on the road when they left the course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/28/2019

Thank you for the great feedback! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can WOW you on your next visit. Until then, take care!

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Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Average Player

Enjoyed the course. Pleasant staff. Noticed some of the sand traps were washed out from the previous storm(s). Golf now app.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/28/2019

Thank you for the great feedback! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can WOW you on your next visit. Until then, take care!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Worth it.

Played this course plenty of times and have really never been disappointed. The conditions are usually ok, the layout is nice and the staff are always pleasant. This day there were some areas in the fairway that were bare and a bit rough. Some of the approaches could’ve been taken care of better, mixes of weeds, grass and dirt. The rough was beaten up with a lot of bare uneven areas that would depress your lie under the actual rough. Now most of the tees were in good shape, some had high grass in spots, but for the most part ok. The greens were the best part of the course. Well maintained, even and rolled very nice. No one on the course when we got out (6:45am), which is always nice. Overall, I would play this course again. Didn’t have a great score, but I will be back to seek revenge.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/28/2019

Thank you for the great feedback! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can WOW you on your next visit. Until then, take care!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Course is challenging and in great shape.

Could not believe how nice course was considering the club house was under a few feet of water bridges were damaged not that long ago. Saw one trap that was still washed out. Other then that course was great. Plenty of bunkers I know I was in enough of them. Green's are a challenge to putt. Only negative workers on course not to considerate of the players.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/09/2019

Hi stamill1. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Ambassador at Hickory Valley Golf Club.

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Commented on 08/09/2019

Hi stamill1. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off to recover from the water. We look forward to having you back at Ambassador at Hickory Valley Golf Club!

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Perfect day for golf

Haven't played here in a few years. Forgot how good a course it is. Many challenging holes and conditions were very good. Greens ran somewhat medium to medium fast but rolled true.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/28/2019

Thank you for the great feedback! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can WOW you on your next visit. Until then, take care!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor pace of play

When I arrived, I was told that my golf now reservation was giving them issues. It took nearly 3 hours to finish 9 holes today and the course had numerous holes with poor conditions. I couldn’t wait it out any longer and went home early.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 06/27/2019

Thank you so much for letting us know about your recent experience Durantea. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will allow us another chance to WOW you with a future visit. Until then, take care!

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

This course to be cart part only very often. I have played the course many times and it.was cart path only 9 out of the last 10 times. There are large standing puddles on the fairway on several of the holes and the cart path has many waterways to drive through. I like the course layout but a better drainage system and better course maintanence is neccessary

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

This was not a "4.1"

The greens had many divots throughout..
Many weeds on the fairways
Fairways very patchy.
The course was ranked a 4.1, I gave it a 2/5 cause that needs to come down to a more realistic grade. The course was honestly a 3.3-3.4.
Very disappointing

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/30/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are sorry to see that you did not fully enjoy your time with us. We are always looking to improve, so we appreciate you taking the time to give us some feedback. We hope to have you back in the future.

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Commented on 05/30/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We see that your experience wasn't the best. We are always interested in learning more about these situations so we can improve. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the club directly. We hope see you again in the future.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 05/14/2019

Thank you so much for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will allow us another chance to WOW you with a future visit. Until then, take care!

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Commented on 05/14/2019

Thank you so much for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will allow us another chance to WOW you with a future visit. Until then, take care!

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