Hidden Hills Golf Course

4.5555333333 4.6 stars from 5 (74)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6892 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 74.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt req, no tanktops or cutoffs

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6892 yards 74.0 136
Blue 72 6653 yards 72.7 130
White 72 6237 yards 70.6 124
Green 72 5745 yards 69.5 121
Red (W) 72 5016 yards 70.5 125

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 74 Reviews
5 stars:
38
4 stars:
29
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

69 out of 74 reviews


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"Hidden Hills first time"


sofcharluc's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed playing this course, so different from all the surrounding courses due to the unique topography of the area,elevations (actual hills) on a Florida golf course; a great change of pace from our regular courses, well maintained, fair with wide fairways, some patchy greens but a very good value, I'll definitely return


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



PFsGATORS's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"AWESOME Course"


u000001215240's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

LOVE LOVE LOVE the Course Layout. Awesome layout Very awesome golf course. Great Conditions Great people and just was awesome playing a golf course that is almost perfectly maintained. Great maintaince on the golf course. Its a 4.7 out of 5 stars. Will play this course again and again and again and again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"EmeraldGreens"


jimlevern's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

The green were a little fast and thin when I was there earlier in the month but after all these rains they are wonderful. Great value! - I'll be back.

Real nice Pros!


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



"Bad shape"


u257978277's avatar
Skill:  Advanced

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendly staff, but the course is in terrible shape.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Not up to Florida standard"


u000006356516's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

On the positive side, it was cheap and we had a good time.

It’s just a really average public course with terrible looking greens (that rolled okay). I suspect many of the great reviews were when the course was not public. Fairways were okay and green side grass was also all right.

Many of the tees were not level. Annoying.

The traps are gross, gray crap that were miserable to hit out of and unsightly.

I just couldn’t give this four stars. It was one of the poorest Florida courses I’ve ever played (but, again, not expensive) and a pretty big disappointment.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging"


twinheel's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great old fashioned layout where shot making around the greens is a premium. Small fast greens. Fun and hard. Greens need a little work but overall the course layout makes up for it.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Green"


Han2760590's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of worse green I ever see and play

If you are weekly golf and Love too play golf

I do not recommend I don’t know how this

Get 4 starts I will never Play this golf club again


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course




2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Great layout"


u000001764355's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good condition. Pin placements were tough. Had a great time. Very little wait and no one pushing us.


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


"Hidden Hills"


rpierce1156's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Golf course is NOT a 5-star. The only real value that I see is if you were to play at the twilight rate. I was expecting much more out of this golf course. Many courses in the area are in better shape than this one.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Good overall"


merkules's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was in pretty good condition overall. Pin placements were on top of undulations. The pace was crawling. It is a difficult course, but I pick up after a double. The cart girl and desk guy were awesome. Not the staffs fault the pace was so slow, they were cool.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"WInd blown but fun"


jspires's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great hilly layout in a mostly flat course state and now a decent value since going public and reducing greens fees. Greens were very thin and inconsistent speed wise but windy conditions didn't help scoring either. Pace of play was decent even without a marshal maintaining it. One of the best course burgers you'll ever have too!.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great times"


u976780625's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great staff. Very welcoming and friendly. Great golf atmosphere.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Slow day"


Jon7305680's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Friday mid-day tee time and was extremely slow. Had a number of twosomes that were being held up every hole. No apparent effort to speed play by course staff. Had to wait on every shot, paired with twosome in front of us on our own and still had to wait on every shot. Need more ranger activity. Had to stop after 16 holes because of prior commitment....at that point we had in over 4 1/2 hours of playing!

Fairways are hard and barren, fairly typical I guess for this area right now. Greens were LIGHTING fast. Impossible to stop anything downhill. Some pin placements were set by a sadist!!

Having said all that ...I love this course. The variety and challenges presented are so different from most area courses. The elevation changes take me back to my Pennsylvania days.

Play it and if it's not too slow you'll love it-as long as you can carry the water. :)


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Holy Hills!"


tomkgolfer's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Coming from Denver, and having played several JAX area courses, I did not expect a hilly layout But here it was. A very fun design with a variety of holes. Greens and bunkers are not easy, but fun and fair. Thoroughly enjoyed my round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Short game wizardry required"


Joseph2598298's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Green complexes extremely difficulty with abundant and severe mounding surrounding lightening fast greens....best bring your A+ game! I feel this course is under rated by the USGA. If you can score here you can play anywhere.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Day Off!"


Doug7774842's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Friday April 6th but greens and pin placements were Sunday at the Masters. Firm and very fast. Enjoyed the round very much and will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



sacco1111's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2018
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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