Heatherwood Hills Country Club
|Black M: 70.9/141||464||329||181||379||397||393||200||361||407||3111||366||175||393||372||453||258||369||353||501||3240||6351|
|Gold M: 69.0/135||455||317||167||351||385||369||182||324||368||2918||349||157||375||361||443||245||361||328||463||3082||6000|
|Blue M: 65.0/127||442||235||167||340||313||360||166||313||312||2648||330||133||366||348||423||217||343||301||452||2913||5561|
|Green M: 64.1/125 W: 67.9/132||400||224||135||317||285||312||105||290||300||2368||316||103||328||320||275||188||321||286||382||2519||4887|
Sophisticated Green Complexes Photo submitted by u000008113643
View of approach on first hole. Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Par-3 16th hole. Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Approach view of 13th hole. Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
From behind eighth green. Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Good illustration of how tight this course plays. The 11th tee. Fairway not 20 yards wide. Forty foot elevation change to green. Miss the fairway and lose the ball. Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Approach view of 18th hole. Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Played this course several times since moving back to Bham. Not alot pf players when I 1st started going, but starting to see more players, which isnt a bad thing. Course should honestly get more traffic than it does. Staff is always super friendly and accommodating. This track is on the shorter side, but a little tight and curvy in the right spots to balance out the difficulty. No huge negatives that would stop me from going, but if I had to offer one area for improvement:
Bunker/Drainage Repair- Unfortunately the bunkers are pretty much washed out, and are often puddled. Same goes for a few of the fairways. Course appears to have issues draining properly. Cant play bunker shots and some landing zones on the fairways are off limits due to standing water.
CONSTRUCTIVE criticism truly. You shouldnt have reservations about playing this track. Muni prices on this part of town is unheard of.
who knew that they can design a course where every hole requires you to hit uphill? oh yes, except for #1 when halfway thru the hole you hit across a 100 yard ravine. and # ?? when you hit downhill to the left on a narrow fairway with a roll downhill of at least 100 yares. Or, you miss and your ball goes into never-neverland ravine.
Most interesting. One of my worst scores this year, but fun.
Worst Bunkers EVER!
I paid the full nine hole rate for my daughter and myself (with small range bag, $59). After checking in, we went to the range and probably hit three or four balls each when the sprinklers came on!! The clubhouse employee came out and apologized, said, “Oh I thought you had enough time before those came on.” No offer to turn them off, no offer for discount, even refund of range balls, just “Well, I guess y’all can go roll a few putts.”
So we rolled a few putts. Then we teed off. Fortunately we stayed out of bunkers - the WORST I’ve ever seen. Practically no sand in there, just dried up mud holes.
The course has some great views and lots of character. From anything but the forward tees, you’d better hit straight - very narrow. Greens rolled very nicely, but many off leave no room for error on the approach shots, short, long, or laterally.
It’s really sad - so much natural beauty, character and potential, but unless they start to maintain it, I don’t know why anyone should want to play it.
We just loved playing here. Great course and fantastic staff. Do play this course.
Narrow fairways create a challenging layout for a rather short course. .No waiting on Monday morning. Greens were in great shape. I enjoyed the round and will return.
Flipped the nines since I was here last. It’s definitely a tougher start to the round now, in my opinion.
Greens were top-dressed with sand, but rolled well. Faster than they looked.
Fairways were excellent.
3 constructive criticisms:
1. Bunkers are terrible. They must address this and put sand in them because 95% of the bunkers are unplayable as is. This is really a shame because the complex bunkering, particularly around the 6th, 13th, 15th and 18th holes, are a hallmark feature of the course’s architecture.
2. The course advertises a $1,000 hole-in-one contest on the 7th hole that your greens fee enters you in. You can pay a few extra bucks to increase the payout if it hits. However, when you look at the receipt, it has a charge for the greens fee and a $1 charge for the hole-in-one contest. While I think this is a creative way to generate much-needed revenue to hopefully improve the course conditions (see bunkers above), it is a little misleading.
3. The practice range is a bit inadequate. It measures only about 180 yards in length and they don’t let you hit driver. On second thought, I should correct myself to just 2 1/2 constructive criticisms, because honestly a smarter, better player won’t reach for the driver much, if at all. Tight fairways and preferred landing areas call for long irons off the tee.
In conclusion, you will likely either love or hate this course. Not much in between. And bring plenty of balls
For the money, not bad.
I wouldn’t pay more than about $40 for this course. In pretty decent shape now since
Opening last year. The layout is rough and narrow but still a lot of fun. Great addition to have a public course in the middle
First time playing this course, and I have seen pictures of the place while it was closed and understand the effort that was made to make this course playable again. Overall they've done a great job. The clubhouse appears to have been renovated and looks great. The pro shop is pretty bare. It felt odd to have such a nice sized pro shop with nothing in it when you first walk in. Pro shop attendant was very nice.
I'm indifferent on the course layout. Some holes are really cool and can be played many ways, then some holes are serious head scratchers. It's short, but if you miss a fairway or a green there's a good chance you won't find your ball so you definitely have to make adjustments, one being leave the driver at home. I'd recommend this course because of the value and it wasn't too crowded. Greens are great and roll well, much better than I was expecting. The bunkers were bad, most bunkers contain sandy based clay with rocks in them. Once that's addressed this will be one of the best value courses in the area.
The course is showing the work that is being put in. Trees are being cleared where they can. Greens were in really good shape. Tight golf course but a value if you want to truly work on your game.
Getting better and better. Forces you to play its way
I have played this course 3 times now and have cursed it at some point every round, but I keep coming back. People are right when they say that most fairways are narrow - if you miss by a little your ball will likely be gone forever - but the most difficult thing about this course is the greens that will just will not hold anything. I have started bump-and-running almost everything here just to avoid trying to land it on the green. The greens are new and in great shape, but the firmness is maddening.
It's harder than the usual decently-priced golf course, but I would still recommend it to any golfer - just have enough balls that you don't mind losing.
Every person I've interacted with at the clubhouse has been great, and the course is worth its fee, especially when you get a deal on GolfNow. Just be prepared to be forced to do things a little differently.
Gonna be Great
Recently rebuilt greens are coming in great, lots of grass, and really good surfaces to roll the ball.
I played on a grey calm day about 65 degrees. Played alone and played two balls most of the day, quickly.
Reviews that report an excessively tight course, are probably beginners. Heather wood is a typical championship course which could be characterized as “target golf”, but primarily because of the elevation changes. I’ll concede the 9th is probably a 3 iron, 6 iron to the 100 plate, single file par 5; which is intimidatingly awesome.
A rangefinder will help from the tee box to select what will not be driver every hole. Landing areas are generous and misses costly. A good test of left to right and right to left.
I really liked it.
Great greens, Fairways need grass
I enjoyed the course. Most people will hate it. The course is very unforgiving. The fairways are narrow and don't have a lot of grass on them right now. If you miss the fairway/green by even a little, you probably won't find your ball. And if you do, you won't be able to hit it. Most greens are elevated and protected by bunkers. I'd say it's a course worth playing once if you like a good challenge. If you prefer wide fairways and greens where you can hit a thin shot and still get on, then stay away.
Like playing in a tunnel!
This course has a very unique layout and is a fun track to play, that being said only the most accurate of golfers need to bring out anything more than a driving iron from the tees. Course plays tougher than the card says and narrow fairways and tough greens make this a true test.
1st time at course for 1st round in 2018
I had heard about this course being tight and unforgiving if you drifted out of the fairway. This is absolutely the case. Tough on golf ball inventory for a first view of the course. The layout offers stunning views, elevation changes and bueatiful homes surrounding. This course has its quirks but it’s a great value
This is a tough golf course. No room for error around the greens or off the fairway. Consider growing out grass in areas around greens instead of waste areas that are there now. Give me a chance to get up and down. Very hilly, golf carts could use speed governors; downhill speeds were unsafe.
Conditions were rough but played a day after
storms rolled through.