Heatherwood Hills Country Club

3.7308000000 3.7 stars from 5 (26)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6351 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 71.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6351 yards 71.4 137
Gold 71 6000 yards 69.7 133
Green 71 5561 yards 67.7 129

Formerly known as Heatherwood Country Club.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 26 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

19 out of 26 reviews


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"For the money, not bad."



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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

Of Birmingham.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Interesting Track"


Rsxnit's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Seeing Improvement"


bgcz's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Charles3943098's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



cxh8454's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



TomGreene's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Getting better and better. Forces you to play its way"


wge90's avatar
Age:  25-34
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Gonna be Great"


u000008113643's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great greens, Fairways need grass"


ryandotsmith's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Like playing in a tunnel!"


Chad9021428's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"1st time at course for 1st round in 2018"


Wayne9573227's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Unforgiving"


u000004771064's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Fun layout"


u387754299's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course reopened just over a year ago. This is the 2nd time I've played it. The course is coming around great. The course was closed for 10 years or so and the staff is awesome job. I can't wait to play this course again this summer when I come in town.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Waste of Time"


Cass1md's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
First time playing Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

Do not bother to play this course. Goat Ranch and that is being kind.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful greens"


Stephen6991624's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tough course at times, lot of elevation change. Very nice layout and some big view shots.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great layout. Bring your A game. Tough track!!!"


u000008085846's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a phenomenal course and a great experience. The course is in great condition very tough so make sure to bring your best game. You will hit every club in your bag literally every club even that 60° you hate hitting. Lol


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A Little too Challenging for my liking"


Ric1419917's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Don't play this course without a bag full of balls.

I was warned it was tight

You really need a GPS to play this course.

No layout diagram on the score card.

Course is in terrible condition

Rent a cart unless you are part Billy goat

Thankfully any game of golf is fun.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Unique Course and Great Value"


abtatum42's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/16/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing this course and I greatly enjoyed it. For mid December and having several inches of snow just one week ago, I thought the course was in good condition. I was worried it would be a frustrating day after reading about how difficult this course could be, but the great weather, views, and uniqueness really covered up the doubts. Overall it was a great round. I was very lucky to be hitting straight that day. If not, it could’ve been been a very long afternoon


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Bring extra golf balls"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Heatherwood Hills re-opened in October 2016 after being shuttered for 8 years. The formerly private club is now semi-private and there has been a lot of effort put into getting the course aesthetically sound.

I played here shortly after the re-open and there was a grassing problem. We were incurring a drought and most of the fairways were bare. Greens were thin, but the bones of a good course were there.

I am glad I came back. This course has turned the corner and is rapidly growing into one of the toughest public tracks in Birmingham. At just 6,351 yards from the tips, the course seems like a pushover from the scorecard. But it plays to a 137 slope. The main reason is because of how narrow it is.

Only the straightest of drivers need to even think about pulling furniture off the tee. In many cases, it isn't necessary either. Heatherwood is all about positioning, moreso off the tee, and to a lesser extent with approach shots. Missing the fairway here means lost balls, especially in the fall. I would recommend even better players bringing a few extra balls.

The greens are extremely firm, but not driveway hard. I did not need to repair a pitch mark all day, yet balls would hold with some rollout. I am a decent ball striker and found you need to consistently play for about a half-club of release coming into the greens. These greens used to be Bent, but were converted to Bermuda when it re-opened. They should continue to soften as they mature. Greens have good thatching and putted very good.

This course is bunkered very well. They are deep and clustered. Areas surrounding the green are closely-mown and chipping requires a deft touch.

This course will frustrate you on your first trip. There are many blind approaches and tee shots. There is a lot of local knowledge to be had to score well.

Highlighted holes are the third which requires an aggressive long iron off the tee to cut the corner and an approach to a rock-walled green guarded by a lake. The fifth green is a subtle biarritz, which you don't find in this area. The three-hole stretch comprised of the sixth, seventh and eighth holes is a tremendous stretch. The only two par 5s on the course come back-to-back at holes 9 and 10. The 12th hole is fantastic, and one of my favorite in the metro area. The 15th is visually stunning and 16 is a stellar par 3.

My only constructive criticism is that there are four sets of tees, but only three on the card. The blue tees that I played were what I deduced to be the regular member tees and one set up from the tips, but weren't listed on the card.

In conclusion, there are still a few thin spots in some fairways and surrounding greens, but this course is really fun to play. If you can score well here, your game will travel. That being said, I'm not sure there are many 4-6 handicappers that can break 80 on their first loop here. And a 10+ handicapper might run out of golf balls.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




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