Butter Valley Golf Port
|Orange M: 70.1/124||325||455||515||346||165||350||475||215||350||3196||550||270||165||350||160||600||400||570||230||3295||6491|
|White M: 68.1/118||310||300||465||325||140||270||445||200||295||2750||435||260||150||340||150||575||335||460||170||2875||5625|
|Green M: 63.4/104 W: 67.4/114||425||250||130||230||150||560||275||450||160||2630||265||275||400||290||130||270||400||195||270||2495||5125|
Relaxing rounds, good pace
I return to this course every year. It’s often not busy and playing rounds at your own pace at one of the best values in a 50 mile range is worth it. I suspect their poorly presented web site keeps folks away. It’s maybe 20 years behind the times. It’s really a fun course, and doesn’t attempt to compete with higher end courses but if you like a decent course for low price, and hole variety it’s still a good option to consider.
This is not the easiest course in the area for my level of play, but lots of fun. Mature trees, beautiful vistas, very well maintained and great staff.
Great place to play
Played here on a Sunday around noon. Course was really dead, our foursome got around in less than 3:45 walking and never caught up with anyone. Paid $38 which is extremely reasonable for a weekend. Course is in great condition now that the fairways were irrigated, greens were in top notch condition. Interesting layout, up and down the hills, with several greens that slope down front to back. It's scenic and not surrounded by houses. Lots of trees that demand a straight shot on many holes. We did not use the restaurant but saw it was busy with non-golfing locals. Look at their website for various specials, passes, and coupons.
Enjoyable as usual
I always enjoy playing Butter Valley. I like variety in a course, and they've got it. There's short holes, long ones (by the airport runway), downhill par 3 and a hard uphill par 4. Standard dog legs, etc. My favorite is the (somewhat recently) redesigned 3rd hole. A nice par 5 that is in the same of an "S". Moves left and then right uphill to the green tucked into the woods.
If you've not been there in a long time, consider it again. They've made changes over the past few years to improve things. That 3rd hole is one, new tee box on 4 tucked into the woods. Nuisance trees removed from 18 and 10, and the fairways are watered now.
If you get bored playing this course, you're nuts. But having said that, it's upkeep is average. The greens and fairways were not too bad, but they'll need to roll the fairways and maybe seed it. This is the only area that I would like management to address, but the lack of watering and diseased greens that hit them 5-10 years ago dropped their numbers and we all know keeping a course up isn't easy or cheap. But I played today for $30 (noting it's march) and in 3 hours and 10 minutes.
It's one of the best courses in fall with all the maples, and some pretty good views as the holes traverse hills and valleys. I run into a lot of friendly folks there. Down to earth folks and saw it again today when someone yelled back at me from the green to compliment my tee shot. Just love the folks they get here.
Overall the course was in good pre-spring shape. Greens rolled well, except number one. I could sink some 15 footers. Was in one trap and it was soft and in good shape. They should send the maintenance guy out to pick up the branches that have fallen over the winter.
So again, real nice place, interesting challenge. Not a stuffy golf course crowd, and the an excellent value. It remains one of my favorites.
Many notable improvements
I recently blocked the game back up, seriously with lessons and regular play. I returned to this unique course with an airport running thru it (small aircraft) and am very pleased at the changes. Several holes were modified by removing nuisance trees, and number three lengthened into an interesting par five. They added water throughout the course to beat back the summer drying of the fairways. They are trying to improve it and making good progress.
From a golfing perspective, the price can't be beat and it seems most don't know the course exists. I've gone by as a single several times his year and never waited and played two afternoon rounds by myself. Greens are a bit slow, but I enjoy the variety of the holes. Hills, some water but not where it it a big problem, both short and long holes. Just an interesting round.
They don't have a range, having found no one paid for the indoor one they needed the conference space income, the biggest drawback is the lack of food. It's functional but if you want more than a Brian grill provides you can hit the Irish pub down the street in Bally.
Overall good average course with interesting holes.