Hidden Hills Golf Course

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4.4
117
5 Stars
54
4 Stars
52
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
94.6%
Recommend this course
109 out of 117 reviews
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Average Rating
4.2
30
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.6
93.3%
Recommend this course
28 out of 30 reviews
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Average Rating
4.1
78
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
39
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.6
89.7%
Recommend this course
70 out of 78 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 72
Length 6892 yards
Slope 136
Rating 74.0
Tucked away in the beautiful Ft. Caroline area near Jacksonville, Hidden Hills Country Club stands on a historic battleground that witnessed the fierce struggles between France and Spain and continued into golf history with searing competition during the heyday of the Greater Jacksonville Open. The 6,892-yard private golf course, built in 1966 on an ancient sand dune, was redesigned by Arnold Palmer in 1986. Palmer's creativity helped create a championship-caliber golf course unmatched in natural beauty that makes excellent use of rare hilly terrain to create a unique Florida golf challenge. The fairways are lined with majestic pines and stately oaks, and the unpredictable greens have helped Hidden Hills gain the reputation of being one of the most challenging courses in North Florida. Sharp doglegs, strategic placement of water hazards and putting surfaces that are mostly elevated serve up a mighty test for the low handicapper. Approaches are narrow and many of Hidden Hills Country Club's greens are well bunkered. Hidden Hills has a rating of 74.0 from the championship tees, and the slope rating is 136.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship/Gold 72 6892 yards 74.0 136
Back/Blue 72 6653 yards 72.7 130
Middle/White 72 6237 yards 70.6 124
Member/Green 72 5745 yards 69.5 121
Forward/Red (W) 72 5016 yards 70.5 125
Scorecard for Hidden Hills Country Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 73.7/138 380 415 435 541 184 499 181 349 388 3372 392 612 176 385 429 535 178 406 407 3520 6892
Blue M: 72.6/134 W: 79.5/152 369 407 402 525 176 485 171 328 374 3237 385 600 169 374 412 527 163 388 398 3416 6653
White M: 70.3/128 W: 76.8/147 351 374 368 506 154 471 141 318 346 3029 365 550 154 356 393 513 130 376 371 3208 6237
Green M: 68.6/120 W: 73.6/138 330 364 359 465 138 425 131 288 336 2836 351 458 140 330 352 465 100 355 358 2909 5745
Red W: 70.0/121 303 313 316 413 97 413 83 254 292 2484 326 413 110 272 310 420 79 299 303 2532 5016
Handicap 15 1 3 9 17 7 13 5 11 4 2 16 10 8 6 18 14 12
Par 4 4 4 5 3 5 3 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 5 7 11 15 1 17 3 13 4 2 16 14 8 6 18 12 10

Course Details

Year Built 1966
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (1986) Ed Seay (1986) Robert Walker (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed Yes, with permission only
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirt req, no tanktops or cutoffs

Reviews

4.4
117

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Handicap 15-19
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5.0
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One of the Best Golf Tracks in Jacksonville

If you want to play a course unlike most Florida courses (pretty flat), you'll love Hidden Hills - just as its name implies, there are hills everywhere - from elevated tee boxes to greens that seem to go straight up into the air! Every hole is test - but the course plays fair - some most of the fairways are open. I would highly recommend this course just for the different golfing experience it provides. The ONLY negative comment is it would be great if they could roll the greens - there is plenty of grass, but very bumpy - doesn't hold the putting line very well, so you just have to it close to the pin!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

HH

Tee boxes and greens need work

Even the practice green was not in good shap

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very tough and very fun

Beautiful course very challenging Lots of elevation Changes,one of the hardest courses I’ve ever played but also the most fun would play here again. Lots of the other reviews said that the greens were not in good shape, they looked in good shape to me, overall great experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

HIDDEN HILLS GOLF CLUB

Very nice, tough but fair golf course! We had a great time! Greens had a lot of breaks but fair to most golfers! Course was in great shape for winter golf! Will definitely play again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
4.0
Previously Played

What Happened?

I would have liked to give Hidden Hills 5 stars, but there were a couple of things that need work. The course conditions definitely need help. Tee boxes and fairways look bad. I dropped off my clubs and no one came over to put the clubs in my cart. Hopefully the owners and management can remedy these problems. I’ve played golf at Hidden Hills before, so I know what the course looked like when it was in excellent shape.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging course but pace was slow and greens aren’t in the best shape

This Arnold Palmer designed course is challenging with a lot of water in play as well as bunkers and elevation changes. The pace of play was very slow as the First Coast Amateurs were there for a practice round and they took full advantage of the opportunity. A five hour round is painful when you have to wait on almost every shot. The greens aren’t in the best shape as they seem to have a fungus that needs to be addressed.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice

play the course today for the first time my son and I really enjoyed it great layout greens were phenomenal looking forward to playing it again

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great possibilities, unrealized potential

Hidden Hills is one of the best course designs in Jacksonville. The conditions need to improve to make it an all around value. My real disappointment playing this time was the lack of awareness from the staff. Workings driving up to the green while putting. Talking and cutting into the fairway without looking. It seemed that they have new staff that never worked on a course before.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout

This is a great layout but course is in somewhat rough shape. It has many elevation changes along with water and long narrow holes.

A very challenging experience but was disappointed with the slowness of the greens and the condition of some of the tee boxes.

It's still worth it and I will return

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hidden Hills

This course is unique in Florida as it provides elevation challenges along with the degree of difficulty of the course itself. Always a pleasure to play especially at that price.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Fun course

Great layout. Pace of play was excellent and finished in under 4 hours. Greens were a little bumpy and slower than it looked but fairways were in great shape and overall great for the value. Tee boxes were a little rough. Love the undulations and elevation changes. Will definitely come back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

If I could give zero stars I would. I

I travel all the time and play golf whenever possible. I read reviews and look for good deals. Well whoever gave this course a decent review should be ashamed. These greens were awful. It made the course unplayable. I was so disappointed with this nice layout, but they can't take care if their greens. AWFUL. I wouldn't play this course for free if given a lifetime membership.

Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good 4some round

Course was in excellent condition; especially the fairways. Staff was very welcoming. Overall what you expect at a top tier golf club.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course conditions

I have played HH for many years. These are the best conditions i have seen here. The staff are doing a great job bringing the course back to glory. Hope they keep it up.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

nice variety

Hidden Hills has a nice variety of holes. Although the course does wind through homes most all of the way they are almost never in play and seldom a distraction as it does appear to be a very nice neighborhood. The greens are consistent but very slow; if they had more speed this course would rate a 5 star.

Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Quality round of golf

Hidden Hills is always an enjoyable experience, with very surprising elevation changes, especially to the first time player here. The greens have a "wintery" look to them, but they rolled very true and I'd estimate speed at about a 9 (stimpmeter). Smart course/shot management is crucial being that some holes can play longer and sometimes you gotta create some specific approach angles... All in all, GREAT TRACK!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hidden gem

Hidden hills is a well maintained course. It has several challenging holes but not overwhelming. Good value and little pressure.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2018-11-12T18:46:56.000+00:00

Thanks mflundell for the review! We are happy to hear you had a great time with us! Hope to see you back out here again soon!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

First rate experience

Very nice driving range (hitting off grass) and putting area to warm up in. Play was nice and quick until reaching a slow foursome that wouldn't waive our twosome through.

Fairways were about the best I've seen lately - greens a bit fast after a drought but fairly true.

We'll be back when there are deals - the usual $49 is more than I'd like to spend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented On 2018-11-12T18:48:11.000+00:00

Thanks u3623272! We appreciate you taking the time out ofy your day to leave us a review! We hope that you'll be back again for another great round in the future!

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